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Dallas Medical Center joins the fight against the opioid epidemic

04-13-2018

(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 and nurses.

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 www.dallasmedcenter.com.
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