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Oak Orchard Health receives $456K grant for alternative pain therapy

Posted 7 February 2019 at 5:29 pm

 Program will help address opioid crisis in community

Press Release, Oak Orchard Health

BROCKPORT – Oak Orchard Health has been awarded $456,953 by the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System in response to a proposal submitted to the FLPPS System Transformation Fund.

The funding request was made to create a program that offers non-opioid pain therapy options for their patients. While patients will be educated on effective alternative pain treatments, this program will help address the opioid crisis in the community.

OOH provides a model of care that integrates patient-centered primary care, behavioral health, dental and vision services – treating the whole patient and focusing on wellness and prevention.

OOH believes that the alternative pain therapy program can help to prevent opioid addition that results from acute or chronic pain and they plan to provide convenient alternatives to treat and manage pain, some of which might include osteopathy, music therapy and massage therapy.

“The intent is to not only reduce hospitalizations and higher cost treatments for pain management and possible complications, but also to mitigate loss of life and mental wellness complications related to opioid addiction, an unintended consequence of opioid prescription,” said Mary Ann Pettibon, chief executive officer of Oak Orchard Health.

The organization has healthcare sites in Albion, Lyndonville, Brockport, Warsaw and Hornell. Staff will begin planning for the program immediately.

“This program presents patients the opportunity to take advantage of wellness options and alternative methods to manage symptoms – working together with their health care providers and therapists as a team,” Pettibon said.

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