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Medical Director's 2013 Annual Review

 

Here are some of the highlights of our 40th year:

Acquisition of Crossroads Treatment Program

Improving accessibility to our treatment services has been one of the reasons that we have established new Kolmac Clinic offices, such as we did with the downtown Baltimore office in 2011. Additional factors, however, drove the 2012 merger between our Baltimore office and the Crossroads Center treatment program. The founders of Crossroads, Barbara Bluestone and Barbara McKenna, were ready to retire and, having built the program since 1990, wanted to see it endure. The merger was appealing to us because its focus on outpatient detoxification, rehabilitation, and continued care for employed addicts was the same as the focus at Kolmac. Their Professionals Rehabilitation Outpatient Program or “PROP” has for many years worked closely with professional licensing boards and local hospitals to help nurses, physicians, and other medical professionals recover from alcohol and drug problems so that they can safely return to work.

Treatment of Young Adults

We are always looking for innovative ways to improve our program. In 2012 we made a number of changes in our program for young adults, including creating separate IOP teams for them in our Towson and Gaithersburg offices. We were surprised to find, however, that not all of our measurements of successful treatment showed improvement. While patients stayed longer and were more likely to transition into continuing care, the completion rate of the rehabilitation phase of treatment declined. As a result, we have gone back to treating all age groups together. On the other hand, we have found that one of our other changes – enhancing the family services for our young adults – has worked well enough to keep in place. We also continue to maintain specialized continuing care groups for young adults in most of our offices.

Collaboration with Inpatient Treatment Programs

                                                                       

We continue to work to smooth the transition to Kolmac from acute care hospitals and residential treatment programs. This year we began doing more face to face intake assessments in hospitals prior to discharge. We also began to have residential programs transport discharged patients directly to Kolmac instead of to their homes.

We are proud of our ability to deliver morning and evening treatment throughout the Baltimore and Washington regions. Our medical staff of 5 psychiatrists, 2 nurse practitioners, 3 nurses, and 1 physician assistant allows us to manage significantly severe physical withdrawal without hospitalization, as well as concurrently treating co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

 

George Kolodner, M.D.

Medical Director

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