NGMC recognized for excellence in pain and addiction care

September 27, 2023

NGMC Barrow
NGMC Braselton

Emergency Medicine residents at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) can be even more confident in the top-notch training they receive here. Last month, NGMC Barrow and Braselton joined NGMC Gainesville and Lumpkin to become four out of a few dozen hospitals nationwide accredited by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in Pain and Addiction Care in the Emergency Department (PACED). They’re also the first four hospitals in the state of Georgia to receive PACED accreditation.

PACED accreditation recognizes hospitals for treating pain and addiction with evidence-based therapies. In particular, the treatment of opiate use disorder, where our nation faces a national crisis, focuses on all aspects of care, such as:

  • Motivational interviewing, PEER counseling and hospitalization (when needed)
  • Outpatient therapy and medications
  • Harm reduction, public outreach and Narcan dispensing
  • Research and quality improvement (QI)

At NGMC’s PACED-accredited hospitals, pain is treated in a comprehensive and responsible way, and addiction is seen as a chronic disease that can be successfully treated by comprehensive care teams and in partnerships with patients and their loved ones. Training at NGMC’s PACED-accredited facilities provides Emergency Medicine residents access to the most cutting-edge tools and knowledge to treat pain and substance use disorder.

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