Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s success with its new Medication Assisted Treatment program garnered the District top honors last week from the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD).
Chief Executive Officer Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA credited the achievement to the effort put forward by the entire NIHD team with securing the honor. “From the Board of Directors, to the leaders, to the medical staff, to the clinicians, to the administrative staff, to the environment of care team, both new and long standing staff everyone has a part in this award. Without everyone’s commitment to our Mission and our Vision, we could not have saved the lives we have through the work we are doing.”
What gained such accolades for NIHD? Earlier this year, NIHD began a Medication Assisted Treatment program funded and run by the District and other stakeholders for coordination of care. During the preceding three years, the District and others began to review opioid use and identified a trend in escalation of overdoses, deaths, criminal cases and medical issues associated with opioid use, misuse and abuse.
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