Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills Emergency Department (ED) was recognized by The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Emergency Quality Network (E-UAL) Honor Roll, which honored health systems for significant achievement in stroke treatment or opioid use disorder during the pandemic.

The 2021 Honor Roll awardees were recognized for their achievements as top performers or most improved in metrics associated with opioid-related treatment or stroke care. Garnet Health Medica Center – Catskills was recognized on the Opioid Initiatives Honor Roll. Opioid metrics include treatment prescribed at discharge, treatment administered in the emergency department, and take-home naloxone offered or prescribed. 

“We are proud to be recognized for our efforts in the Emergency Department to address the opioid epidemic in our community,” said Jonathan Schiller, CEO of Garnet Health Medical Center- Catskills. “Our ongoing commitment to this issue is critically important to our patients, their families, and the community.” 

Garnet Health Medical Center- Catskills is a leading member of the Sullivan County Opioid Task Force comprised of various community agencies which meet regularly to share progress and identify areas of need. The group has been working to increase medication-assisted treatment (known as MAT) and to take away the stigma from the treatment which uses medication and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders.  

More than 1,800 EDs and over 39,000 emergency medical providers have participated in E-QUAL collaboratives to date. Over the last seven years, E-QUAL learning collaboratives have resulted in more efficient, better care and better outcomes for patients, including a 23% increase in prescribing of alternatives to opioids (ALTO) and a 35% decrease in opioids administered in the emergency department.