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Please note: Schedule change for Spanish-speaking walk-in assessments

No tendremos evaluaciones sin cita previa en español el miércoles 8 de enero o el miércoles 15 de enero. Continuaremos con las evaluaciones sin cita en español el miércoles 22 de enero.

We will not have Spanish-speaking walk-in assessments on Wednesday, January 8 or Wednesday, January 15. We will resume with Spanish-speaking walk-in assessments on Wednesday, January 22.

Celebrating Dennis Harker's 26 years of service to UCS Healthcare and our patients!

In 26 years, our pharmacist in charge, Dennis Harker, did not miss a day of work due to illness or weather. There are legendary tales of the city of Des Moines buried in blizzard snow, but Dennis would somehow manage to get to UCS to make sure our patients could receive their Medication Assisted Treatment therapy. Today we celebrate Dennis (we may have actually even surprised him!) and his many contributions to our team and our patients as he officially retires tomorrow. Thank you, Dennis, for your diligence, leadership, commitment and your service to our community!

 

Holiday Hours for UCS Healthcare

Please note our hours for the holiday season for our locations in Des Moines, Ankeny and Knoxville. If you are a patient at one of our medication units, please check with that location for holiday hours.

Monday, December 23: Regular activities until Noon. Christmas for the Kids event from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. All regular evening activities as scheduled.

Tuesday, December 24: Day time hours and activities will not change, all UCS locations will close at 2:00 p.m. No evening groups.

7th Annual UCS Healthcare Christmas for the Kids!

On Monday, December 23, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. we'll celebrate our 7th Annual UCS Healthcare Christmas for the Kids! This event creates an opportunity for our patients children ages 0-12 to receive a gift, speak to Santa, create a snowglobe and decorate cookies. When a loved one is working on life in recovery, families can feel the impact emotionally and financially. This event was started to ensure that little ones whose parents and guardians are working in recovery feel a little Christmas magic and as a thank you to our patients for their hard work and dedication.

Terri Taylor is our Third Quarter Living Our Values Award Winner

We’re excited to announce that Terri Taylor, RN in our Waterloo medication unit, is our Third Quarter Living Our Values Award Winner! Terri received FOUR nominations and was cited for her amazing patient rapport, ability to build relationships with our hosts at Pathways Behavioral Services and her willingness to lead in living our values every day. Another medication assisted treatment provider recently closed near Waterloo and Terri worked tirelessly to onboard many of their patients to our program.

Trunk or Treat!

Trunk or Treat! We invite our patients to bring their little ones and join us from 5:00 - 6:00 on Wednesday, October 30 at our Des Moines location (4908 Franklin Avenue) for a safe trunk or treat experience. Our employees will be decorating their vehicle trunks in our west parking area. We can't wait to see all the little heroes, goblins, witches, characters and other imaginative costumes! Click here to view the event flier.

Visit our Facebook event for more information or to post questions.

National Recovery Month: Sharing Personal Stories of Opiate Addiction

September is National Recovery Month, and UCS Healthcare wants to remind the public that no journey through substance use disorder, addiction and opioid recovery is the same. Although many circumstances can be similar or you might notice some commonalities in opiate use disorder recovery stories, this type of situation can happen to people from all walks of life. Our team at UCS Healthcare helps Iowans by providing medication, therapy and counseling options that treat the patients’ whole health while they work towards recovery.