NEWPORT NEWS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Pinnacle Treatment Centers (PTC), a leader in providing accessible treatment for substance use disorders, announced today it has acquired four outpatient opioid treatment programs within the state of Virginia, including one office-based opioid treatment program (OBOT) and three opioid treatment programs (OTPs) for adult men and women.
Pinnacle is the parent company of Pulaski Medical on East Main Street, Pulaski.
The three OTPs are American Addiction Treatment Center (AATC), located at 883 C Mid County Center in Hayes; 12695 McManus Boulevard in Newport News; and 5583-B Mooretown Road, Office #1 in Williamsburg. The OBOT is Addiction Medicine Specialists Inc. and is also located at 12695 McManus Boulevard in Newport News. All four programs are planning to accept Medicaid in the near future.
Pinnacle is one of a select few treatment facilities to provide underserved communities with affordable substance abuse treatment and the option of outpatient care. This model of care empowers patients to take control of their treatment as it affords them the opportunity to maintain employment, school obligations and family commitments while getting the treatment necessary to address their recovery.
According to the Virginia Department of Health Chief Medical Examiners report, approximately 1,100 Virginians are killed each year by fatal heroin or fentanyl use.
Drug overdose — primarily caused by opioid use — remains the leading cause of unnatural death in Virginia since 2012. Preventable drug overdoses in Virginia continue to outpace gun-related violence and motor vehicle accidents since 2012.
“Given the opioid epidemic in Richmond and throughout the state of Virginia, there is a drastic need for treatment, and our company is committed to bringing affordable care directly into the community to help solve this crisis,” said Joseph Pritchard, CEO of Pinnacle Treatment Centers. Pritchard, who made his personal journey through recovery and is now dedicated to helping others, recognizes the need for outpatient programs that are designed to offer support in managing stress and provide patients with relapse prevention strategies, while connecting them with community support.
Areas that have been hit the hardest by the opioid epidemic include Richmond and parts of Southwest Virginia. In a recent Richmond Times-Dispatch article State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver stated, “Virginians are dealing with an addiction epidemic driven by a lack of jobs, lack of affordable housing and lack of transportation.” Pinnacle’s goal is to provide accessible treatment to these underserved communities struggling to break the cycle of addiction.
Timothy O’Connell, MD, FASAM, the founder of these programs, will remain on staff along with the other clinical and medical staff, as Pinnacle’s Regional Medical Director. An accomplished physician who specializes in addiction medicine, Dr. O’Connell acknowledges the need for affordable treatment options within the community. “As a long-standing practitioner of addiction medicine, I value Pinnacle Treatment Centers’ years of experience and knowledge in treating all addictions. Now under the Pinnacle umbrella, I am proud to offer our services to all patients who need treatment. Our innovative approach to rehabilitation sets us apart and makes vital treatments available and affordable to at-risk communities. Pinnacle is desperately needed in the State of Virginia,” he said. Dr. O’Connell is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and board certified with the Board of Preventive Medicine. The OTPs offer medication-assisted treatment utilizing methadone and buprenorphine, medically-assisted detox, and individual, group and family therapy with flexible day and evening hours.
About Pinnacle Treatment Centers
Pinnacle Treatment Centers Network is a recognized leader in comprehensive substance use services. Locations include Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. A full continuum of quality care includes detoxification for residential and outpatient clients as well as transitional living programs. Pinnacle treats the individual’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological well-being. Each center focuses on patient-centered care and an individualized approach, upholding a high standard of medically assisted treatment and compassionate attention to each patient’s needs. For more information, visit www.pinnacletreatment.com.