Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and Gateway Foundation Work to Address Opioid Crisis

Gateway Foundation has entered into an agreement with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, a leader in delivering advanced medical technologies and comprehensive health care services, to address the opioid crisis in Lake County and McHenry County.

In coordination with Good Shepherd Hospital staff, Gateway Foundation is placing a full-time, credentialed engagement specialist in the hospital’s emergency department. The specialist will work with patients presenting with medical issues related to Opioid Use Disorder. The engagement specialist also will work closely with emergency department social workers and care managers, and completes a clinical assessment and continuing care plan with the patient. The goal is to make sure patients are directly transferred or referred into opioid addiction treatment. Gateway Foundation also provides recovery coaches who continue to support these individuals seeking treatment or while in recovery.

Marc“For fifty years, Gateway Foundation has been leading the way towards quality interventions that have saved the lives of thousands of individuals impacted by substance use disorder. Today we take another step forward by partnering with colleagues in the health system to provide enhanced and integrated care to those most in need – the members of our communities that are negatively impacted by opioid use,” said Marc Turner, President of Gateway’s Community Services Division.  “We expect this collaboration will be the first of many as we expand our reach across Illinois to be part of the solution for as many families as possible.”

There is much evidence of the impact of the opioid crisis seen every day at Good Shepherd and hospitals throughout the state. From 2009 to 2014, Illinois was the seventh highest among the 50 states for opiate-related inpatient hospital stays. For Good Shepherd’s primary service area, the age-adjusted emergency department rate due to substance abuse has consistently climbed, from 9.5 visits per 10,000 population in 2010-2012, to 12.4 visits per 10,000 population in 2012-2014.

About Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment: Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: to help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness, that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the country that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, providing treatment for men, women, adolescents, and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders. Gateway’s professional clinicians help thousands of individuals successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just addiction to drugs or alcohol.

About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois, is a 176-bed, acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians. It is a leader in delivering the most advanced medical technologies and comprehensive health care services available in the northwest suburbs. In 2017, Good Shepherd Hospital completed a four-year modernization project, ensuring that care delivery remains outstanding and attuned to the community’s evolving needs. Good Shepherd Hospital is part of Downers Grove-based Advocate Health Care, the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest.

About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers
Every year Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment helps thousands of adults and teens get their life back on track and gives renewed hope to those who care about them. With 50 years of treatment experience, our specialists take the time to understand of the specific needs of each individual. We then develop a customized treatment plan with recommendations for the most appropriate care based on an individual's substance abuse and mental health history. As the largest provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Illinois, Gateway has 11 treatment centers throughout the state. Gateway outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment programs are not one-size fits all, but unique treatment plans that give an individual the highest chance for a successful outcome. With insurance acceptance and a track record of success, Gateway Treatment Centers help thousands of individual’s successfully complete treatment each year, and find the hope they need to live again.

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