Baystate Franklin awarded $1M grant to combat opioid epidemic

Baystate Franklin awarded $1M grant to combat opioid epidemic


BARRY: BAYSTATE FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER RECIEVED A ONE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO HELP FIGHT THE OPIOID CRISIS. 22NEWS REPORTER KATRINA KINCADE IS LIVE IN GREENFIELD WITH HOW THE CENTER IS USING THAT MONEY TO HELP PEOPLE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. KATRINA KINCADE: BAYSTATE FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER IS ONE OF 96 RURAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THE U-S TO GET THE GRANT AIMED AT COMBATING OPIOID USE DISORDER. THE 1 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT WILL HELP BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN PATIENT CARE IN AND OUT OF THE MEDICAL CENTER. ACCORDING TO THE NORTH WESTERN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, OVERDOSE DEATHS INCREASED 166 PERCENT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY AND THE NORTH QUABBIN REGION BETWEEN 2017 AND 2018. THE GRANT HELPS FILL A NEED TO IMPROVE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO PATIENTS TREATED FOR OPIOID-USE RELATED ILLNESSES. “WE’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO CREATE A 360 ESSENTIALLY COVERAGE FOR PATIENTS EVEN IF THEY CAN’T COME FOR A FOLLOW-UP VISIT. WE ARE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO REACH THEM, CONNECTED WITH THEM, AND CONTINUE THEIR TREATMENT SOMEHOW.” KATRINA : THE GRANT WILL HELP PAY FOR TRANSPORTATION FOR PATIENTS IN RURAL AREAS GET TO TREATMENT AT FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER, AND WILL FUND COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR PATIENTS AFTER CARE. THE GRANT LASTS FOR THREE YEARS AND FOCUSES MAINLY ON PATIENT OUTREACH. AT THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU IN GREENFIELD KATRINA KINCADE 22NEWS.

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