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OMC Employees Recognized for Screening Program Work

September 19, 2016 -

PORT ANGELES -- Chief Executive Officer Eric Lewis presented recognition awards to behavioral health intervention specialists Beverly Hughes, registered nurse, board certified in psychiatry and mental health and Sarah Conway, master of social work, during Olympic Medical Center’s board of commissioners meeting on September 7 for their work on the WASBIRT program at Olympic Medical.

WASBIRT stands for "Washington Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment,” which is a nationally recognized screening tool to identify people with mild to severe substance use disorders. Those identified through screening are given a brief intervention by a medical professional who addresses the individual’s substance use and assists the individual with establishing a plan to reduce use in the future. When needed, patients are referred to specialty care for their substance use disorder.

"Bev has been instrumental in the successful 2013 implementation of the WASBIRT program in the emergency department. Since that time, Bev and her colleagues have counseled roughly 3,000 patients and referred over 1,200 patients to chemical dependency treatment,” stated Lorraine Wall, chief nursing officer, Olympic Medical Center.

"Sarah is very professional when communicating with patients and their families, and is a valued member of the emergency department case management team,” said Wall.

Screening, intervention and referral to treatment can effectively reduce the severity of substance use disorders and improve health outcomes for patients. It also aims to decrease the risks of injury and negative life consequences, such as DUIs or job loss. Motivational interviewing is used to assist patients with making positive behavioral changes related to their alcohol or drug use.

Olympic Medical Center’s WASBIRT program has been named the most successful site in the state by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Research and Data Analysis Division. During September 2013 through July 2016, 1,256 patients were referred to treatment through this program. Of those referred patients, 42 percent sought substance use disorder treatment as compared to the national average of 6 to 8 percent.

To learn more about WASBIRT visit www.wasbirt.com.

Beverly Hughes, RN, BC and Sarah Conway, MSW 

Photo left to right: Eric Lewis, Beverly Hughes, Chief Nursing Officer Lorraine Wall, 
Sarah Conway and Board President John Nutter.

Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 67-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.

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