ECMC to expand substance abuse services

Posted at 3:03 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 15:03:03-04

The Erie County Medical Center Corporation has taken new steps to improve local substance abuse treatment programs. 

Some efforts include: 

  • Collaborating with organizations providing detoxification services (including VA Medical Center and Sprout Health).
  • Implementing sensitivity training for ECMC's Emergency Department and inpatient Chemical Dependency staff to better serve patients with substance abuse-related conditions. 
  • Expanding ECMC's existing inpatient Chemical Dependency by 10 beds. 

“ECMC’s Emergency Department receives a majority of the opioid overdose patients in the region, and is the only emergency department to offer specialized services for trauma, psychiatric emergencies and acute substance abuse detoxification," said ECMC Corp CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., Ph.D. "Building on those established programs and expanding our collaboration with outside dedicated organizations who are experienced and well-positioned to enhance these critically important services, we are committed to leveraging our core strengths to make a lasting difference in the lives of everyone affected by substance abuse.” 

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