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OSU Medicine Opens Addiction Medicine Clinic

Monday, September 24, 2018

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, OSU Regent Trudy Milner, Dr. Kayse M. Shrum, OSU Center for Health Sciences, Dr. Samuel Martin, OSU-CHS, Dr. Jason Beaman, OSU-CHS, Commissioner Terri White, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Dr. Kelly Dunn, OSU-CHS, and Bryan Day, CEO of 12 & 12, Inc.

OSU Medicine is elevating the care of addiction disorders in Tulsa to a new level with the opening of the OSU Addiction Medicine Clinic, which has attained membership in the prestigious Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network and will employ the state’s first certified academic addiction physicians. 

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2018. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and Terri White, commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, will help inaugurate the new center.

“I believe that we have some of the best minds in the nation here in Tulsa working to understand and treat brain diseases and behavioral health disorders,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of OSU Center for Health Sciences and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. “We are harnessing the creative energy of our faculty and staff to become the nation’s leader in addiction medicine, pain management, behavioral health and virtual medicine. This clinic will transform the patient care we deliver through our OSU Medicine clinics and the education our medical students receive.”

OSU-CHS is proud to partner with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit addiction treatment provider, around evidence-based treatment programming and to share tools and learnings critical to addressing the opioid addiction crisis in Oklahoma.

“The OSU Addiction Medicine Clinic is a groundbreaking approach to treating those who suffer with addiction,” said Attorney General Hunter, who chairs the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse. “Through its comprehensive approaches to behavioral health, the OSU Center for Health Sciences continues to be a national leader in terms of research, education and treatment. In the highest regard, I commend Dr. Shrum and her colleagues at OSU for collaborating with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and opening this clinic, which will absolutely save many lives in the state of Oklahoma.”   

The Minnesota-headquartered Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center in California.

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"We are committed to sharing our multi-faceted, evidence-based approach to confronting the opioid crisis in states like Oklahoma, and our own system benefits mightily from collaborating with other leading-edge health care providers like the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences,” said Bob Poznanovich, Hazelden Betty Ford’s vice president of business development. "We are pleased this leader in behavioral health, research, education and treatment is now part of our innovative Patient Care Network."

"As a member of the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network, we will have access to resources, best practices and effective treatment protocols that will be invaluable additions to the care we provide in our Addiction Medicine Clinic,” added Dr. Jason Beaman, chair of OSU-CHS Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “These will aid our patients as they work toward a successful, long-term recovery.”

In July, OSU-CHS received accreditation for two addiction medicine fellows who will treat patients at the new OSU Addiction Medicine Clinic.

The clinic will be co-located with its partners at 12 & 12, Inc. It will offer individualized, evidence-based substance use disorder treatment—including medication-assisted treatment when appropriate—and mental health services to adults. The clinic is part of the OSU Center for Wellness & Recovery, an OSU-CHS initiative that is committed to improving the lives of Oklahomans affected by pain and substance use disorders through treatment, education, research and policy. The Center for Wellness & Recovery is working collaboratively with primary care physicians and specialists in psychiatry, behavioral health and addiction medicine to provide the best treatment options and care for patients.

OSU-CHS is a leader in Oklahoma for medical education, patient care and research. Its Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is the region’s largest academic mental health department dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders.

"The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's experience, knowledge and expertise uniquely position us as a 'Center of Excellence,' and we are grateful to be able to share clinical best practices and tools with other like-minded, quality-oriented health care providers through our Patient Care Network," Poznanovich said.

The OSU Addiction Medicine Clinic is located at 6333 E. Skelly Drive, and its hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drs. Kelly Dunn and Samuel Martin are the providers. For more information, visit osumedicine.com, or for an appointment, call 918-561-1890.

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