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Providence to Provide Alcohol/Drug Withdrawal Service

June 06, 2011

Providence Holy Family Hospital, in North Spokane, WA, is pleased to announce a partnership with New Vision™, a successful hospital-based program providing inpatient medical stabilization services to patients withdrawing from alcohol or drug use.

The service, which launched June 1, will be the only one of its kind available in the Inland Northwest and will benefit patients seeking withdrawal from addiction from throughout Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Montana and all the way to the Cascades.

“There is a significant need in our region for a hospital-based alcohol/drug withdrawal service and we strongly believe offering this service is a direct reflection of our core values,” says Elaine Couture, chief executive of Providence Holy Family and Providence Sacred Heart hospitals.

New Vision coordinates the overall treatment regimen, of which inpatient care is one component. Three New Vision employees will work closely with a multidisciplinary treatment team including Holy Family hospitalists, nurses and other health care professionals to offer the best care possible.

This unique program will accept appropriate adults, 18 years or older, who voluntarily seek crisis intervention. The hospital accepts appropriate patients who are experiencing problems and incapacitation due to substance use or abuse, or have acute withdrawal symptoms from cessation of use of certain substances.

Upon admission to the hospital, patients undergo a complete assessment—including medical history, physical examination and laboratory workup—to determine the best course of treatment. Patients who are under the influence of chemical substances, and/or who have other medical concerns, will be closely observed and stabilized.

The expected length of stay at the hospital is three to five days. Patients also receive appropriate discharge planning to help ensure their success once they return home. New Vision services are covered by Medicaid, Medicare and most insurance plans.

“We believe it’s important for those suffering the most from addiction to have treatment options close to their home and family.” Couture continues, “Adding New Visions to the Providence family of services is another example of our commitment to caring for those most vulnerable in our society.”

New Vision is operated by SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri. To learn more, call (509) 252-6488.