OSU Medicine officially opened a new addiction clinic on Monday.
The OSU Addiction Medicine Clinic has attained membership in the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network and will employ the state’s first certified academic addiction physicians.
“We are harnessing the creative energy of our faculty and staff to become the nation’s leader in addiction medicine, pain management, behavioral health and virtual medicine,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of OSU Center for Health Sciences and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“This clinic will transform the patient care we deliver through our OSU Medicine clinics and the education our medical students receive.”
The clinic is at 6333 E. Skelly Drive, northwest of 41st Street and Sheridan Road, along with its partners at 12&12 Inc.
It will offer individualized, evidence-based substance use disorder treatment, including medication-assisted treatment when appropriate, and mental health services to adults.
Establishment of the clinic was due in part to the opioid crisis, but patients can also receive treatment for addictions with other drugs and alcohol, said Melani Hamilton, managing director of marketing and communications for the OSU Center for Health Sciences.
The Minnesota-headquartered Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center in California.
“We are committed to sharing our multifaceted, evidence-based approach to confronting the opioid crisis in states like Oklahoma, and our own system benefits mightily from collaborating with other leading-edge health care providers like the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences,” said Bob Poznanovich, Hazelden Betty Ford’s vice president of business development.
“We are pleased this leader in behavioral health, research, education and treatment is now part of our innovative Patient Care Network.”
A soft opening of the clinic was last month, Hamilton said. A ribbon cutting was held Monday and included Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, who chairs the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.
”I commend Dr. Shrum and her colleagues at OSU for collaborating with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and opening this clinic, which will absolutely save many lives in the state of Oklahoma,” Hunter said.