(CAMDEN, NJ) – Cooper University Health Care and Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS), which operates addiction and substance abuse treatment centers in five states, announced the joining of forces to form a partnership to provide addiction recovery services to patients in the region. Together, ARS and Cooper are building a state-of-the-art, $27 million, 90-bed inpatient treatment facility in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; the first of several planned treatment facilities in the region.
“Drug addiction and deaths from drug overdoses, particularly opioids, continue to rise nationally and Cooper physicians are dealing with the results of addiction every day,” said George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Cooper University Health Care. “There’s a clear need for responsible and effective treatment centers for patients and we look forward to working with ARS to create a facility that will fill an existing gap in the continuum of care and offer quality treatment for Cooper patients and all who are seeking recovery from addiction.”
The pace of drug overdose deaths continues to rise in New Jersey. Last year, the CDC estimates there were 2,715 overdose deaths in the state, up more than 16 percent from the year prior, equating to more than seven deaths per day.
Patients to the new ARS and Cooper facility will have access to a comprehensive range of evidence-based addiction treatment services, wellness programs, and amenities. The new facility will include dedicated recreational activity areas for patients, including a yoga room, indoor basketball and volleyball courts, and a large workout gym.
“Our patient-centered approach and focus on evidence-based care has successfully helped thousands of individuals in need of addiction treatment across the United States,” said Mitchell Eisenberg, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Recovery Systems. “We are honored to partner with Cooper University Health Care and look forward to serving residents in New Jersey and the surrounding region by offering our effective treatment model.”
As an urban academic health care system, Cooper has extensive experience treating patients with addiction and its Emergency Department treats between five and 20 patients daily for opioid overdose or other opioid-related health issues. Due to a shortage of local, evidence-based community recovery programs, Cooper launched its Addiction Medicine Program in 2015. The program is managed by addiction medicine fellowship-trained and board-certified physicians who provide effective medical care and comprehensive addiction treatment services in the inpatient, outpatient, and chronic care settings.
A Quality Committee with representatives from both institutions will be formed to monitor and establish quality and evidenced-based treatment guidelines as well as provide recommendations on best practices and new developments in the treatment of substance use disorder. The new facility will be located on the former Baker Bowling Lanes property on Cuthbert Boulevard and is scheduled to be completed in late 2019.
About Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS)
Advanced Recovery Systems is an integrated behavioral healthcare management company dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health issues. ARS’ network of adult and adolescent treatment centers includes The Recovery Village Umatilla (Umatilla, Florida), The Recovery Village Palmer Lake (Palmer Lake, Colorado), The Recovery Village Ridgefield (Ridgefield, Washington), The Recovery Village Columbus (Groveport, Ohio), Orlando Recovery Center (Orlando, Florida), and The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery (Upper Marlboro, Maryland). For more information, visit www.AdvancedRecoverySystems.com.
About Cooper University Health Care
Cooper University Health Care is the leading academic tertiary care health system and the only state-designated Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey with a mission to serve, to heal, to educate. With more than 630 physicians, more than 7,500 employees, and a network of more than 100 medical offices and four urgent care centers throughout the region, Cooper offers signature programs in cardiology, critical care, neurosciences, pediatrics, orthopedics, and surgical specialties. The Cooper Health Sciences campus is home to Cooper University Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. For more information about Cooper University Health Care, visit CooperHealth.org.