The Richmond Register

January 31, 2013

Baptist Health in Richmond adds medical stabilization service

Service is for patients incapacitated by substance abuse or acute withdrawal

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Baptist Health in Richmond has expanded its services to offer medical stabilization for patients incapacitated by substance abuse or acute withdrawal.

The service, called NewVision, is operated Baptist Health Richmond through a partnership with  SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporate of St. Louis.

The partnership will expand Baptist Health Richmond’s current inpatient medical services to offer inpatient medical stabilization for patients facing alcohol and substance abuse issues, according to Jill Williams, the local hospital’s director of marketing and public relations.

“Alcohol and drug abuse is a growing problem throughout the country, and it was identified as a major need in this region during our Community Health Needs Assessment last year,” Williams said. “We are excited about being able to offer a service that may offer help and hope to so many people and families in central Kentucky.”

The service consists of a medically supervised hospital stay for inpatient stabilization which typically lasts three to five days, according to a news release from Williams. An inpatient stay includes:

• Pre-Screening

• Assessment

• Admission

• Medical stabilization

• Appropriate discharge planning

• Referrals to rehabilitation and counseling

The NewVision service has a fully qualified treatment team which includes hospital physicians and nursing staff who use a multidisciplinary approach in the individualized treatment of each patient, Williams said.

Upon admission to the hospital, a patient is assessed and a medical history, physical, a complete laboratory workup and a nursing assessment are accomplished. Patients, who are under the influence of chemical substances and/or other medical co-morbidities, will be closely observed and stabilized.

The service accepts most insurance, Medicaid and Medicare plans, according to the news release.