CENTER CITY (Nov. 24, 2020) – The Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network, the first collaborative of its kind in the addiction treatment industry, convened hundreds of participants from 125 member organizations for its inaugural national summit.
The virtual event, held Nov. 19 and 20, brought together several hundred representatives from health care organizations across the country to discuss the future of addiction care, best practices for treating opioid use disorders, telehealth and virtual care, treatment for co-occurring mental health conditions, and other urgent topics facing the industry and nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Collaboration is powering 21st century health care, and that’s what our Patient Care Network and this annual summit are all about – working together and learning from one another so that, collectively, we can improve outcomes for our patients and families,” said Bob Poznanovich, vice president of business development for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of addiction treatment, co-occurring mental health care, recovery resources and related prevention and education services.
Hazelden Betty Ford established the Patient Care Network (PCN) in 2017 to bring together like-minded professionals and organizations to work collaboratively on improving care and outcomes for people and families affected by addiction and mental health issues. More than 500 organizations serving all 50 states are now members at various levels. Last week’s summit, entitled Unity is Strength, attracted more than 700 registrants and featured numerous expert speakers, including 22 clinical and business leaders from Hazelden Betty Ford and its PCN member organizations.
“I was grateful to speak at the PCN Summit and to come together with so many others who are committed to using evidence-based approaches to meet the complex, growing needs of the people we serve and improve long-term recovery outcomes,” said Patrick McGinn, CEO of Harbor Hall, a PCN member in Michigan.
“It was so exciting to participate with colleagues from around the country who share a mission and commitment to best practices,” added Anne Constantino, president and CEO of Horizon Health Services, a PCN member in Western New York. “Collaboration and sharing will continue to set and raise the standards for the best care in the behavioral health industry, which is why we’re proud to be part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network.”
“The Patient Care Network Summit was a huge success thanks to the leadership, engagement and professional dedication of our members,” Poznanovich concluded. “As a result, this event will now become an exciting, annual focal point for our network’s collaborative learning, extending Hazelden Betty Ford’s rich culture of partnership and knowledge-sharing with other leading health care organizations.”
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment for adults and youth, the Foundation has 17 locations nationwide, with expansive on-site and telehealth solutions and a network of collaborators throughout health care. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction. Learn more at www.HazeldenBettyFord.org and on Twitter @hazldnbettyford.