Pinnacle Treatment Centers to Open Detox Wing at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center

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Patient navigation from hospital system to unit, first of its kind in Cleveland and Akron area as Pinnacle rolls out fully integrated treatment model throughout the state

Ravenna, OH – December 9, 2019 – Pinnacle Treatment Centers, a leader in providing accessible treatment for adult men and women struggling with substance use disorders, has entered into a lease agreement with University Hospitals (UH) Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, Ohio.

The lease greenlights Pinnacle’s development of Recovery Works Portage, a third-floor detox wing at the hospital dedicated to comprehensive care for patients struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The new unit will be the first of its kind in the Cleveland and Akron area for Pinnacle, providing its care continuum to patients who initially present themselves throughout the UH network or through established relationships within the community.

The program is part of Pinnacle’s fully integrated treatment model initiative in Ohio, where it operates numerous community-based programs providing outpatient medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and ambulatory care, transitional living, and residential treatment.

Joe Pritchard, CEO of Pinnacle Treatment Centers, stated, “We are privileged to collaborate with one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems on this development.  We are committed to driving high quality, cost effective treatment services, at all levels, deeper into the communities we serve allowing care coordination to begin wherever an individual presents for care. In an area where opioid addiction is prevalent, it is essential that we bring comprehensive care to those who are deeply affected. By being able to navigate the patient directly from where they present for care into our unit or into a care continuum within the community, we can provide immediate and potentially life-saving care.”

Recovery Works Portage is one of Pinnacle’s most recent additions to its broad network of addiction treatment centers throughout the East and Midwest. Pinnacle’s new program will span more than 16,000 sq. ft. on the 3rd floor wing of UH Portage Medical Center, consist of 30 beds for adult men and women, and provide traditional detox, care coordination and long-term recovery planning.

UH Portage Medical Center is part of the University Hospitals health system, which serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 50 outpatient health centers and over 200 physician offices throughout northern Ohio.

William Benoit, president of UH Portage Medical Center, states, “We have recognized an extreme need in the Cleveland and Akron area for additional services to be provided to patients who may be struggling with a substance use disorder. Our goal at UH is to prevent and treat substance use and other addictive disorders in a person-centered, holistic, optimistic, and respectful manner that promotes resiliency and leads to recovery. The addition of this program at UH Portage helps facilitate our proactive comprehensive strategy.”

Construction planning is scheduled to begin by year end, with the facility opening slated for the first half of 2020. Recovery Works Portage will function as a full-service sub-acute detox program staffed with a doctor, nurses, counselors, patient navigators, family specialists and residential aides. In addition, services will be supported by a fully integrated outpatient network including medication-assisted treatment within the Pinnacle care continuum and through established strategic relationships with other care providers.

UH Portage Medical Center is a 302-licensed-bed progressive hospital, serving the residents of Portage County and surrounding communities. The introduction of Recovery Works Portage on the campus will offer greater accessibility to substance use treatment.  Recovery Works Portage will accept both Medicaid and commercial insurance, providing greater ease of access to treatment.

Pinnacle has eight freestanding Recovery Works facilities within its treatment network—one in Columbus, OH; two in Indiana; and five in Kentucky. In addition to the detox service component, these eight centers offer residential treatment, intensive outpatient programming and more.

In Ohio, Pinnacle also operates multiple outpatient medication-assisted treatment centers that utilize methadone, buprenorphine and Vivitrol to treat opioid use disorder.

About Pinnacle Treatment Centers

Pinnacle Treatment Centers is a recognized leader in comprehensive substance use treatment services. Locations include 80+ community-based centers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. A full continuum of quality care includes detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment, medication-assisted treatment services and 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

About University Hospitals

University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 50 outpatient health centers and over 200 physician offices throughout northern Ohio. For more information, visit