(Dallas, TX, April 13, 2018) – All across the country, there are
countless news stories about how chemical dependency, most notably opioid
addiction, is tearing families apart and ruining lives. Earlier this year,
Dallas County joined a number of counties and states who have filed suit
against opioid manufacturers. And while those cases find their way through
the courts, the people affected need help now.
Due to the rising number of opioid-dependent members in the community,
Dallas Medical Center has partnered with New Vision to open a new inpatient
medical stabilization service. The process begins with a medically-supervised
hospital stay, which typically lasts three days. The patient undergoes
a physical exam, completes a medical history interview, and has a complete
lab workup; a licensed physician determines if inpatient care is needed.
After being admitted, the patient is medically treated as they go through
withdrawal to manage their symptoms safely, while being monitored by doctors
After the patient is medically stable, New Vision staff work with them
to create a discharge plan to place the patient into an appropriate treatment
program in the community. “This is a great way for us to help those
who are looking to break the cycle of addiction, but need medical support,”
said JT Barnhart, CEO of Dallas Medical Center. “There are a number
of long-term rehab centers in the area, but not many facilities can handle
patients who are medically unstable. Our new service will bridge that
gap and let us stabilize patients before placing them where they can get
the long-term support they need,” he continued.
For those interested in participating in the program, each patient:
- Must be in acute withdrawal from alcohol, opiates, or benzodiazepines.
- Must be over the age of 18 and entering the service voluntarily.
- Must have insurance accepted by the hospital.
- Must be psychologically stable.
With lots of work and dedication by the patients and staff, we hope this
new service line will help our friends and neighbors return to a normal
life. For more information, visit
www.dallasmedcenter.com. The New Vision service began accepting patients on April 10.
About Dallas Medical Center
Dallas Medical Center, a 155-bed acute care hospital, offers a wide range
of medical services including 24-hour emergency care, cardiology, wound
care and hyperbarics, surgical services, orthopedic surgery, and rehabilitation
services. We are home to Dr. H. Stuart Peake Imaging Center, a full service
radiology center with state of the art equipment. For more information, visit