NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when New Orleans is facing an unprecedented number of overdose deaths and a growing opioid epidemic, Townsend is expanding to provide greater access to care for those struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction. Townsend Recovery Center New Orleans, located inside New Orleans East Hospital, is scheduled to open October 9.
"We are losing far too many people to the drug epidemic," said Natashia Cheatham, Townsend CEO. "As the new leader of Townsend, it is my personal and professional mission to provide accessible, premium services for addiction treatment. New Orleans East Hospital is the ideal location for our new facility because we share a common goal of delivering high-quality care to those who need it most. This community was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and ever since there has been a dire need for medical care. By collaborating with the hospital on this initiative, we now have a greater opportunity to save more lives."
Located on the fifth floor of the hospital, Townsend Recovery Center New Orleans will offer 36 beds and provide detox and residential treatment services.
"As the New Orleans East Hospital continues to expand its services to the community, we are pleased to welcome Townsend Recovery Center as a provider of services that often go untapped, yet are critical to the quality of life of the members of our community," said Dr. Takeisha Davis, CEO and president of New Orleans East Hospital. "TRC's programming and services will complement those of the New Orleans East Hospital and build upon our mission to provide superior quality healthcare and educational empowerment to the community with courtesy, concern, kindness, and compassion."
Townsend, a leading provider of treatment services in south Louisiana, is known for its innovative treatment model - The Townsend Way. This personalized treatment approach includes addressing the genetic components of addiction and utilizing pharmacogenetics to give physicians vital information about which medications will be most useful for each patient.
Townsend is also part of American Addiction Centers' family of treatment centers, the nation's first publicly traded company solely dedicated to addiction - with 30 facilities across the country.
"We are proud to work with New Orleans East Hospital to fill a critical community need," noted Michael Cartwright, CEO, American Addiction Centers. "It is our mission to transform lives. We know that long-term recovery is possible and that there is hope for those affected by this disease. The additional beds will enable us to support Townsend Treatment Centers as well as other treatment providers in Louisiana."
For more information on Townsend, visit townsendla.com/hope.
Townsend is part of American Addiction Centers (NYSE: AAC), a leading provider of inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment services. We treat clients who are struggling with drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and co-occurring mental/behavioral health issues. We currently operate substance abuse treatment facilities located throughout the United States. These facilities are focused on delivering effective clinical care and treatment solutions. For more information, please find us at AmericanAddictionCenters.org or follow us on Twitter @AAC_Tweet.
About New Orleans East Hospital
Built in 2014, the 80-bed New Orleans East Hospital is situated on the site of the former Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The hospital is operated by Louisiana Children's Medical Center.
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