Methodist Hospitals Opens New Medical Stabilization Unit - September 9, 2013

Gary, Indiana – September 9, 2013, Methodist Hospitals announces the opening of a Medical Stabilization service at their Northlake Campus in Gary to better meet the needs of the community..  Medical stabilization provides patients with a safe withdrawal from alcohol and opiates and related health issues in a medically monitored setting. The service is for adults aged 18 and older who are highly motivated to break the cycle of addiction.   “Substance abuse is a present and growing issue in every community, and at every income level.  Medical stabilization is a key first step in effective long-term addiction management,” said Aaron Johns, M.D., Interim Medical Director of the new service.

The staff is comprised of a Medical Director, trained registered nurses and certified addiction counselors/intake coordinators who collaboratively work together to develop and implement the treatment plan. The discharge planning process, which involves appropriate referrals to further treatment once the patient is discharged, is an integral part of the services provided.  Follow through with discharge plans is monitored by intake coordinators. The Medical Stabilization Unit provides an average 3-day medically supervised inpatient stay with 24 hour nursing care.

“We are proud to be able to offer these much needed services to our community in order to improve the odds of successful recovery to our patients, said Ian McFadden, CEO & President of Methodist Hospitals.

Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years.  Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology and Heart and Vascular Institutes, Center for Bariatric Surgery and Women’s Health program.  Its range of services also includes Emergency services, Orthopedics & Spine Care, comprehensive Rehabilitation services, Behavioral Health and Home Health Services.