In a release from Summit Pacific Medical Center , they say that the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced that Summit Pacific’s “Rural Opioid Crisis Intervention Quality Improvement” has been awarded WSHA’s 2020 Rural Quality Everyday Extraordinary Award.
The award, according to the hospital, recognizes outstanding improvement in the safety and quality of rural healthcare.
The award was given due to the work of Summit Pacific work in starting a Medication-Assisted-Treatment (MAT) Clinic for people dealing with substance use.
In February 2019 Summit Pacific Medical Center started a low-barrier walk-in MAT initiation clinic that has seen remarkable success in engaging those struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD). The MAT Clinic’s success relies upon the dedication of the staff who engage the population with love, care and commitment to their success. The clinic has made a major impact within the community and lives have been changed.
This effort is among the most successful clinics supported by the state opioid response effort. Summit Pacific’s MAT Clinic serves as a major part of the Grays Harbor Opioid Response Consortium and the lead for the federal grant to support it in an ongoing effort to coordinate opioid efforts throughout the county. Medication assisted treatment is key for increasing access to lifesaving medication and reducing opioid overdose deaths.
The winner of the Rural Quality Award is usually recognized during an awards ceremony at WSHA’s Chelan Rural Health Conference, which was canceled this year.
Awardees will be recognized at a WSHA Member Event later this year.