LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Medical Center was recently recognized by Cal Hospital Compare for exceptional efforts in addressing the opioid epidemic, officials announced.
AVMC’s initiatives include an onsite, staffed Substance Use Navigator, whom helps people diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in starting treatment in the hospital, connecting patients for follow-up care, and advocating for culture change to reduce stigma and discrimination. In addition, the hospital has pain management protocols and performance metrics, medication assisted treatments as part of inpatient assessments, rigorous training and education for medical staff, patient education and counseling, and strong collaborations with community partners. These efforts are designed to ensure that patients receive appropriate pain management while minimizing the risks associated with opioid use.
“We are deeply honored to receive this recognition from Cal Hospital Compare,” said Dr. Erin Bess, Pain Management Pharmacist at Antelope Valley Medical Center. “With strong support from the trauma unit, our team has worked tirelessly to develop and implement comprehensive approaches to address the opioid epidemic. This achievement is a testament to our collective dedication to improving patient outcomes, promoting responsible opioid use, and creating a safer and healthier community.”
For more information about Antelope Valley Medical Center, visit www.avmc.org.
[Information via news release from Antelope Valley Medical Center.]