A silent pandemic within

Methodist Hospital | South, One-Eighty provide alcohol, drug resources


Methodist Hospital | South partners with Impact Healtcare Management to bring Atascosa County patients the One-Eighty Program, a new medical service tied directly to meeting the needs of those who decide to take a 180 degree turn away from alcohol and drugs toward a better life. The staff behind the program include, from left, William Dylla, VP Clinical Operations; David Long, Director of Emergency Services; DeAnn McKinney, One-Eighty Service Coordinator; and Pamela Guillory, Chief Nursing/Chief Operating Officer. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Methodist Hospital | South partners with Impact Healtcare Management to bring Atascosa County patients the One-Eighty Program, a new medical service tied directly to meeting the needs of those who decide to take a 180 degree turn away from alcohol and drugs toward a better life. The staff behind the program include, from left, William Dylla, VP Clinical Operations; David Long, Director of Emergency Services; DeAnn McKinney, One-Eighty Service Coordinator; and Pamela Guillory, Chief Nursing/Chief Operating Officer. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

It’s never an easy topic to discuss, within or outside of families. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light a silent pandemic within itself.

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month and there are plenty of resources waiting for those suffering with addiction from alcohol, opioid or other drugs, including prescription drugs. Atascosa County’s Methodist Hospital | South located in Jourdanton partners with Impact Healthcare Management to bring patients the One-Eighty Program, a new medical service tied directly to meeting this pervasive unmet community health need.

“We partner with community hospitals by providing continued care for these patients,” said Jeffrey Messer, CEO of Impact Healthcare: One- Eighty. “We provide them with treatment protocols and the next steps to sobriety. And rather than go through the withdrawal period alone at home, they actually stay in the hospital per our three-to-fiveday protocol while being monitored by hospital staff.”

One-Eighty is a hospitalbased, inpatient medical service for voluntary patients who have decided to take a 180-degree turn away from alcohol and drugs toward a better life. This medical service is designed to help individuals manage the acute symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol and drugs in the safe environment of a hospital with 24/7 medical supervision. It is not a psychiatric or behavioral care service, and these are not patients in advanced stages of withdrawal who need emergency care. You will be screened by One- Eighty staff for qualifying admission criteria and come in for treatment as a scheduled admission.

They provide the following services:

• treatment protocols

• education training

• patient screening

• discharge planning

• community awareness activities and media campaigns

• best practice processes

• on site employees as a resource to patients, nurses, physicians, admitting and case management and other hospital staff to support

One-Eighty patients and services

Messer also stated that while experts assume people are using more since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the statistics in the number of people seeking help are actually dropping.

“People aren’t getting help in the midst of the pandemic. They think or feel that facilities won’t take them in because of COVID-19,” said Messer. “However, we want them to know that we are here to help them get through this.”

Although One-Eighty had to disband new patients last March due to COVID-19, they began accepting new patients and continuing their services to ongoing patients back in August.

“We were on a temporary hold due to hospitals following CDC protocols as they were primarily taking in COVID patients, not non-emergent patients,” said Messer. “Now, we are up and running to our full extent.”

If you or someone you know is ready to take a 180-degree turn away from alcohol or drugs, please call the One-Eighty Program right here in Jourdanton at 830-769- 4567.

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