CONNERSVILLE — Fayette Regional Health System is happy to announce the opening of North Star Recovery Center after nearly a year long renovation and relocation project within Fayette Regional Hospital. An open house is scheduled for Thursday, June 28, from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Fayette Regional Hospital atrium, 1941 Virginia Ave, Connersville. There will be door prizes, and refreshments will be served.
The public will be able to tour the newly completed facility and speak with many of the highly trained North Star staff. In addition, Fayette Regional Care Pavilion Prevention Services will be on hand offering a free assessment that screens for high risk alcohol and drug disorders.
Late last year, Fayette Regional Health System was awarded nearly $10 million in federal grant money from the Indiana State Department of Health through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Part B.* The grant allowed Fayette Regional to create North Star Recovery, an all-inclusive 4.0 detoxification unit and programs with special attention to those diagnosed with HIV.
North Star’s 46 bed unit is located on the third floor of Fayette Regional Hospital, and is planned to receive patients in early July. The unit is licensed to handle medical/surgical patients in a psychiatric-safe environment with priority given to patients who are HIV positive. The program will be part of a comprehensive continuum of services designed to promote recovery and allow individuals to fully integrate into society, assist with setting goals, maintaining long-term sobriety, accessing needed social services, transition to the next level of care, avoiding gaps in service and rapid response to threats of relapse.
The average length of stay will be 5-8 days. North Star’s program will allow treatment for patients suffering from substance-related and mental health disorders, such as a severely suicidal patient who also is in need of medical detox management. The program will also promote the treatment of severe intoxication or withdrawal problems that occur simultaneously with more stabilized mental health problems. Due to the short duration of Level 4.0 treatment, patients will benefit from coordination of care by case management to ensure a smooth transition in treatment to another level of care. Length of stay may increase in cases until appropriate rehabilitation placement can be found.
A major element of the North Star program will be based on prevention, intervention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Fayette Regional has established a working relationship with the Indiana State Department of Health HIV/STD Division to incorporate education for all staff directly involved with patient care. The staff is trained to promote awareness of needs for patients diagnosed with HIV and struggling with substance abuse. Efficient processing of tests, relaying results to patients and educating patients to prevent the spread of these diseases is key. Fayette Regional has initiated routine HIV testing for all patients that frequent their emergency department along with testing pregnant women that visit Fayette Regional obstetricians.
In the event an HIV patient is admitted to the substance abuse program, North Star is fully prepared to continue the care continuum with HIV treatment, and will assist with care coordination and linking patients with health care navigators to facilitate the screening and application process of insurance coverage. Partnerships with the Fayette County Health Department and surrounding county agencies will be advantageous in our joint venture with the State on reducing the spread of HIV.
North Star Recovery will be staffed with qualified substance abuse and mental health professionals and support staff. The center will have a significant impact with the eventual creation of approximately 100 new jobs for the community. The creation of jobs will assist with infusing the community with an increased tax base, decreased unemployment rates and sustainability for the hospital itself. There will also be an increased collaboration leading to increase volumes for local agencies.
North Star is adherent that substance abuse is a disease that deserves to be treated as any other debilitating condition. As a health system that is committed to serving all that comes for treatment, a caring and healing atmosphere will be in evidence.
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Part B
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured. The Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV care and treatment services to more than half a million people each year. The Program reaches approximately 52% of all people diagnosed with HIV in the United States.
The majority of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds support primary medical care and essential support services. A smaller but equally critical portion is used to fund technical assistance, clinical training, and the development of innovative models of care. The Program serves as an important source of ongoing access to HIV medication that can enable people living with HIV to live close to normal lifespans.
August 18, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, the legislation that created the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. First authorized in 1990, the Program is funded at $2.32 billion in fiscal year 2016. The Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB).
Part B provides grant funding to states and territories to improve the quality, availability, and organization of HIV healthcare and support services. Grant recipients include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the 5 U.S. Pacific Territories. In addition, Part B also includes grants for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
Fayette Regional Health System
Since our founding in 1913, Fayette Regional Health System has been dedicated to the health of our community, and the quality of life of the residents of the Whitewater Valley.
Fayette Regional is headquartered in Connersville, Indiana. Our main facility, Fayette Regional Hospital, contains Surgical Care; Cancer Care; the Center for Facial Plastics; Diagnostic Imaging, with the area’s largest and fastest MRI; the Women’s Center; the Heart Care Center that is coordinated with the St. Vincent Heart Care Center of Indiana; Emergency Care and more.
Connersville is also the location of many other FRHS services and facilities: The Primary Care Center; the Pediatrics Care Group; Healthy Women OB/GYN; the Fayette Regional Care Pavilion with the newly added Geri-Psych Services unit; and the Women and Children’s Center, which includes Healthworks, our fitness and wellness center.
Fayette Regional emphasizes excellent quality and service provided by a highly skilled team of professionals with state-of-the art equipment and facilities — serving Fayette, Franklin, and Union Counties, as well as the entire Whitewater Valley.
*This program is funded in whole or in part by state and federal allocations through the Indiana State Department of Health.