We're excited to congratulate Chris Ogle, crisis counselor, who recently earned his Master's degree in social work from the University of Iowa and is now a Licensed Master Social Work (LMSW) counselor in the state of Iowa. Chris joined UCS Healthcare in April 2014 and has worked in a variety of roles in our organization while earning his degree. Learn more about Chris.
"I just didn't understand why I was addicted," said Marlene Groves, UCS Healthcare patient, who was interviewed on WHO-TV 13 about her pain medication (opioid) addiction and how it affected her family. As a client of UCS Healthcare, medication assisted treatment has helped Marlene regain many things in her life. Dr.
Dr. Frank Filippelli, medical director of the UCS Healthcare medication assisted treatment program, recently presented to legislators about the opioid epidemic in our state and appears in this news segment. Emergency room visits due to overdoses are climbing dramatically. Dr. Filippelli emphasized that this epidemic affects people from all walks of life - nurses, lawyers, moms, students, bankers - the disease of addiction does not discriminate.
The UCS Healthcare Living Our Values Employee quarterly award winners are Jen Pearson, patient support services supervisor (Third Quarter) and Katelyn Wyss, licensed mental health therapist (Fourth Quarter). Thank you for consistently demonstrating our values!
Our annual celebration event for the children of our patients held on December 23 encompasses cookie decorating, crafts, facepainting, gifts and a visit from Santa! Each child received a gift and the families had the opportunity to select from new or gently used clothing items. Thank you to our amazing team, our sponsors and all who donate to make this a memorable event.