ABOUT FAIRFIELD MEDICAL CENTER
The nonprofit Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) in Lancaster, Ohio, operates a substance abuse stabilization unit, which provides inpatient detoxification services for adults struggling with chemical dependency and withdrawal. FMC emphasizes a positive approach to addiction recovery. The acute hospital serves four central Ohio counties and, according to the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Patients can begin the intake process with a screening phone call, followed by on-site medical assessment. Crisis intervention services are also available via phone, and individuals not currently experiencing withdrawal may be referred to another treatment program. The unit is unable to provide treatment to women who are pregnant or to individuals who have been hospitalized for psychosis in the previous six months, according to the facility’s website.
During the stabilization process, patients receive medication assisted therapy as well as access to music and pet therapies, which are available to all FMC inpatient clients.
The hospital also provides Narcan kits and training to address opioid dependency and overdoses. FMC communication highlights the facility’s community partnerships, to which patients are referred for continuing addiction treatment after detoxification.
Treatment team members include doctors and nurses on the substance abuse unit and hospital-wide, board certified music therapists with experience working with adults receiving addiction treatment.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Fairfield Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, which hosts on-site holistic services including yoga and exercise classes as well as an Alcoholics Anonymous group. Patients can use their personal electronic devices and all rooms have televisions. Smoking is not allowed; however, replacement and cessation therapies are available. The facility’s website also references access to a “distraction cart,” without details.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Best-rehabs.com has not yet received any feedback from alumni of this facility. The sole loved one polled would not recommend FMC to others, based on the limited scope of the program.
Survey responses indicated mild satisfaction with accommodations, including the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep, opportunities for exercise and leisure activity, and policies regarding internet and phone use. Likewise, aspects of treatment received mediocre to good ratings of three and four stars out of five for family participation, options in counseling approaches, treatment for co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders, and the overall effectiveness of treatment.
The staff’s level of training and experience was rated three stars, and the reviewer described employees as “caring people,” but concluded that there were too few available. They concluded that the cost was not worth the treatment received.
No further feedback specifically on the detox unit is available on secondary review sites at this time. On Google, 46 individuals contributed to an average rating of three out of five for the general hospital. The majority of complaints referenced the emergency room, reporting unacceptable wait times and insufficient treatment. Other reviewers complimented staff for their caring approach and direct communication.
Medicaid, Medicare, and more than two dozen commercial and marketplace insurance plans are accepted. Support is available for clients regardless of their ability to pay, and the loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com rated the affordability of treatment four out of five stars.