Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital is now offering medical stabilization services to help people overcome withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol addictions through New Vision medical stabilization service.

“Medical stabilization for addiction is a new service for us, but we are optimistic about the positive impact that this offering will have on our community and the surrounding area,” said Terrance Truitt, MD, hospitalist at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.

This service serves adults with a medically supervised hospital stay for inpatient stabilization, which usually lasts three days. The inpatient stay will include prescreening, assessment, admission, medical stabilization and discharge planning. Upon admission, an assessment will be completed with an evaluation of the patient’s medical history, a physical, a laboratory workup and nursing assessment.

Discharge planning will occur prior to leaving the hospital; the patient will be referred to appropriate community-based treatment programs to help prevent relapse and continue their treatment.

New Vision, a hospital-based medical stabilization and withdrawal management service, is provided through a partnership with SpecialCare Hospital Management of St. Charles, Missouri, and is currently offered in nearly 50 hospitals across the United States. SpecialCare has been providing inpatient medical stabilization in collaboration with short-term acute care hospitals for over 26 years.

“We are pleased to have New Vision on board at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, and we are very enthusiastic about the services that this partnership will bring to the community,” said Jason Studley, president of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. “We are very aware of the issue of addiction and substance abuse in southern Virginia, and we are proud to step up and help meet that need in conjunction with the programs we already offer at Sentara Behavioral Health Services.”

For more information about the medical stabilization service, call 434-517-3586.