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Southwest General Health Center Opens Inpatient Substance Abuse Medical Withdrawal Service


Evidence-based program assists patients through first days of withdrawal


Middleburg Heights, Ohio (April 10, 2017) – Southwest General Health Center will open a medically supervised inpatient substance abuse withdrawal management service on Monday, April 17, 2017. The only program of its kind in Northeast Ohio, BreakThru addresses the distinct needs of patients seeking help to take the first step in recovery of substance abuse in a safe, comfortable and confidential hospital environment while preserving patient dignity.


BreakThru’s unique advantage is based on medically managing symptoms, ranging from anxiety and pain, to more serious and even life-threatening conditions. In addition, BreakThru is able to manage clients with other medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and COPD. Palliative medications are administered throughout the withdrawal period, ensuring safe and effective medical outcomes.


Working in close partnership with community addiction treatment providers, BreakThru establishes a personalized, aftercare discharge plan for each patient who is then followed for one year to determine recovery outcomes. BreakThru’s inpatient and outcome metrics surpass industry established benchmarks, demonstrating service excellence.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses. According to the Ohio Department of Health, the number of opioid-related deaths in Ohio skyrocketed from 296 in 2003 to 2,590 in 2015—an 875 percent jump over a 13-year period. These numbers include deaths involving prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl. BreakThru is strategically aligned with the U.S. Surgeon General’s approach to combatting the addiction epidemic per the December 2016 first-ever U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

 – Facing Addiction in America.


“The crushing impact of heroin and other opiate abuse in Ohio has been well documented. Offering this solution helps members of our community fight back and restore their lives,” said Michael Waggoner, MSN, RN, director, Behavioral Health Services, Southwest General.


“With the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent report on addiction in America, and the awareness of the public health crisis of substance abuse, we are pleased to offer the community BreakThru,” said William A. Young, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Southwest General. “The increase in substance abuse is substantial—and growing by the minute. Our goal at Southwest General is to bring awareness to this important issue and align ourselves with the U.S. Surgeon General’s call to action by implementing this new service.”


Patient cases are reviewed by a BreakThru staff member for medical necessity, severity of withdrawal and benefits of treatment. Patients then come to the hospital by scheduled appointment for direct admission. The average length of stay is three days and the service further assists patients in transitioning to the next phase of recovery after discharge from the hospital.


Continuum of Care Managers, Robin Caldwell and Kerry Jeric, will assist patients in coordinating care and support upon their release from the inpatient program. “Working with the community-based providers is an important part of our mission to help patients remain on the road to recovery,” said Robin Caldwell, Outreach Continuum of Care Manager.


BreakThru is a service of TriTanium Solutions, which is a contracted provider to Southwest General. “We create a confidential and comfortable option for people who want to break the cycle of substance abuse,” said Brad Fercho, Chief Executive Officer, TriTanium Solutions. “Our care model is based on medical evidence and has been shown to be highly effective in helping people manage a safe and comfortable withdrawal, the first step of the recovery process.”


Access to BreakThru services is available by contacting 440-816-HOPE (4673). The office, located at Southwest General’s Main Campus, is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



About Southwest General

Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 350-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. For more information, visit swgeneral.com or find Southwest General on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


For more information, or to schedule an interview, call Caroline Fienga, interactive media and public relations specialist, at 440-816-6723 or cfienga@swgeneral.com.