Mercy is introducing Mercy StepOne Service, its new inpatient acute opioid and alcohol withdrawal management program provided at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in coordination with Evergreen Healthcare Partners, LLC.
Available starting July 13, 2021, Mercy StepOne Service provides 24-hour hospital-based care to patients who require medical management of withdrawal symptoms from opioids and/or alcohol.
“This service is not for everyone,” said Bryan Jensen, co-founder and CEO of Evergreen Healthcare Partners. “Patients seeking this treatment must meet medical criteria, be in the early stages of withdrawal and be properly motivated to begin their journey to recovery.”
The process starts with the patient requesting pre-screening by phone, email or online. If the patient meets the criteria, they will be scheduled for admission to Mercy Jefferson’s medical-surgical unit. Treatment lasts on about three days for opioid withdrawal and three to five days for alcohol withdrawal.
“From admission to discharge, we have one specially trained clinical care team to work with these patients,” said Amanda Darling, executive director of operations for Mercy Jefferson. “Once we address the medical needs of a withdrawal patient, the patient can focus on the next steps of their recovery.”
The clinical team will work with patients on a long-term care plan to guide the patient through discharge from the hospital to their continuing treatment at the next, appropriate facility or program. As an added resource, the care team will remain in touch with the patient for up to six months after discharge.
Anyone interested in learning more or in undergoing a pre-screening can go to mercy.net/stepone or call the Mercy StepOne Service care coordinator at 636-933-1495 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.