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Upstate-St. Camillus program treats people recovering from illness and addiction

Suzanne Wheeler, left, and Kelly Mussi (photo by Jim Howe)

Suzanne Wheeler, left, and Kelly Mussi (photo by Jim Howe)

Upstate University Hospital is partnering with The Centers at St. Camillus rehabilitation facility to create a treatment program for those suffering from illness and addiction. Since it began in April 2018, about 40 people have successfully completed the program, according to nurse Kelly Mussi, assistant director of transitional care at Upstate, and nurse Suzanne Wheeler, case manager in the department of transitional care. They explain how the program, funded by a $2.1 million grant, helps people off drugs while freeing up hospital beds for other patients. After a patient is stabilized, he or she is transferred to a special unit at St. Camillus to recover for four to six weeks. http://upstateonline.info/static/December20-December272018/blog/story-1/index.html

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