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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Community Bridges, HonorHealth Name Arizona’s First Addiction Medicine Fellow

Fellowship Begins in October; Applications Being Accepted for Second Fellow


Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI), the premiere provider of integrated behavioral health programs in Arizona, and the HonorHealth Family Medicine Residency Program proudly announce the first fellow in the only addiction medicine fellowship in Arizona accredited by the Addiction Medicine Foundation: Dr. Cooper Johnston. The fellowship, which begins in October, touches on a crucial community need, as the opioid epidemic reaches an all-time high. 

“Addiction has touched my extended family, and I understand the hardships it can cause,” explains Dr. Johnston of his decision to apply for the fellowship. “I have a passion for helping people overcome this debilitating problem, and plan on practicing addiction medicine after the fellowship.”

Spearheading this first-of-its-kind Arizona program are CBI Chief Medical Officer and addiction specialist Michel Sucher, M.D. and HonorHealth Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Program Cynthia Kegowicz, M.D.

"This fellowship program is in line with CBI's role as the premiere provider of integrated care and specifically substance use disorder treatment,” explains Dr. Sucher. “By affiliating with HonorHealth, this puts CBI squarely in the forefront of academics and research in this vitally important specialty of addiction medicine." Hear what CBI’s Chief Medical Officer has to say about the Addiction Fellowship — https://vimeo.com/286393368

The misuse of opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, is one of the most serious public health problems in the United States, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The organization says it now claims more lives than motor vehicle crashes. 
Apply here to be considered for an Addiction Medicine Fellowship this fall: https://www.honorhealth.com/academic-affairs/addiction-medicine-fellowship

Clinical training sites for the fellowship include CBI’s addiction and recovery, integrated care and psychiatric emergency centers, as well as HonorHealth’s Scottsdale Osborn, John C. Lincoln and Scottsdale Thompson Peak centers. 

Fellows will do clinical rotations with outpatient addiction medicine using the cutting-edge Medication Assisted Treatment, as well as inpatient medical detoxification, with elective rotations in women’s and children’s addiction treatment, addiction-free pain management and CBI’s Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness, known as PATH.

About Community Bridges, Inc. (CommunityBridgesAZ.org)

Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI) is the premiere provider of integrated behavioral health programs in Arizona, including prevention, education and treatments using cutting-edge, nationally recognized models. Programs include residential, inpatient, patient-centered medical homes, medication assisted treatment (MAT), crisis units, transition points and outpatient services to individuals who are experiencing crisis, opioid use disorder, homelessness and mental illness. CBI believes in maintaining the dignity of human life, and knows recovery is possible.

About Honor Health (honorhealth.com)

HonorHealth is a non-profit health system serving an area of 1.6 million people in the greater Phoenix area. The network encompasses five acute-care hospitals, an extensive medical group, outpatient surgery centers, a cancer care network, clinical research, medical education, a foundation and community services with approximately 11,500 employees, 3,700 affiliated physicians and 3,100 volunteers. HonorHealth was formed by a merger between Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network. HonorHealth’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of those we serve.