Over the past several years, opioid use disorder has been on the rise across the nation and in Iowa with frequent headlines appearing in the media about overdoses and increases in the usage of prescription painkillers and heroin. Now, UCS Healthcare is taking steps to help patients live a productive life in recovery, thanks to medication units which administer safe, monitored doses of Methadone or Suboxone to alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms when used as directed in a patient’s therapeutic plan.
UCS Healthcare locations and medication units across Iowa will have a few changes in our schedule during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays. If you have any questions about the schedule, please contact us at 515-280-3860.
UCS Healthcare locations in Des Moines, Ankeny and Knoxville
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that the majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
When a loved one or friend is battling addiction, it can take a toll on relationships as well as stress other areas of our lives. UCS Healthcare offers resources to assist those who are supporting someone in recovery.
NARCAN (Naloxone) is a legal drug that can counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose. Narcan is available over the counter without a prescription. UCS Healthcare is offering this 30-minute training to our patients, their family and friends and our staff on the use of NARCAN. The next training sessions will be:
Our Knoxville office moved late last week and we are now located just a few doors down from our previous office. We now have more capacity for group room space and will be offering Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction. The new location is:
Lacy Brittenson, nurse supervisor, is our third quarter "Living Our Values" award winner. She was nominated by her peers for her ability to educate, show patience and compassion, listen without judgment and display a positive attitude. Lacy has been instrumental in bringing our medication units online across Iowa to bring medication assisted treatment to more individuals who are in therapy for opioid addiction. She is pictured with UCS Healthcare chief operating officer, Jen Pearson. Congratulations Lacy and thank you for Living Our Values!
All UCS Healthcare locations will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. We will maintain our normal business hours on Tuesday, July 3, and Thursday, July 5. Please call 515-280-3860 with any scheduling questions.
Congratulations to our second quarter 2018 “Living Our Values” award winner, Dr. Joe Freund, recognized by his peers for upholding our values each and every day! Jennifer Pearson, COO (on left) and Mike Polich, CEO (right) are pictured presenting the award to Dr. Joe.
Congratulations to our first quarter 2018 "Living Our Values" recipient - Christy McNeley! Each quarter our employees nominate a team member that they believe lives our UCS Healthcare values on a daily basis. Christy, patient support services in Ankeny, was noted as a total team player with a great attitude. She was recognized with a $50 gift card to our company store and a plaque for her office.