A Dayton addiction treatment system supported by a health care affiliate of Google is taking a step forward today with the opening of two of the six facilities planned on the campus.
OneFifteen — named after the 115 people in the U.S. who died each day from opioid overdoses in 2017 — is an addiction treatment organization launched by Verily, a Google affiliate, working with Dayton region’s two largest hospital systems, Premier Health and Kettering Health Network.
OneFifteen will begin seeing patients later this summer.
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“OneFifteen will be one of multiple channels to support the recovery of individuals dependent on substances and the revitalization of Dayton,” Andy Conrad, CEO of Verily, said in a statement. “At Verily, we are also supporting the work spearheaded by its community leaders by enabling OneFifteen’s partnerships with other organizations that share the goal of working towards a brighter future for Dayton.”
The campus initially includes a 10,000-square-foot building on Hopeland Street and 22,000 square feet of leased space in Kindred Hospital, at the corner of Albany Street and Edwin C. Moses Boulevard.
The full 4.5-acre campus in the Carillon neighborhood is expected to be completed in 2020 and it will have a continuum of care such as a behavioral health treatment center, rehabilitation housing and related support services. The organization will treat patients regardless of insurance status.
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“In Dayton, we recognize that to build a community of recovery we will need the partnership of innovative organizations like OneFifteen that think about addiction and treatment in a new, holistic way,” said Mayor Nan Whaley. “Dayton has come a long way from the early stages of the opioid epidemic by focusing on bridging gaps and developing coordinated efforts across organizations.”
Dr. Natalie Lester was named medical director by the boards for OneFifteen Health and OneFifteen Recovery, which are the two nonprofits that make up OneFifteen.
Lester was previously at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where she was the medical director of psychiatric emergency services. She will oversee clinical quality and the implementation of evidence-based best practices, including medication-assisted treatment and psychological counseling.
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“We welcome Natalie to the team— her career reflects her passion for working with some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, as well as her commitment to reducing the stigma associated with brain diseases, like an addiction,” said Marti Taylor, president and CEO of OneFifteen, who previously led Ohio State University’s University Hospital.
Project officials have not yet given specific details on how the project will be funded or its revenue projections. Officials with Verily, Premier and Kettering Health declined to detail how much each partner is contributing, but said all the partners are making “significant” contributions. Alexandria Real Estate Equities, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, will develop the campus.
OneFifteen will incorporate an effort to open a regional crisis stabilization unit and detox center that has been underway for more than a year. The center was proposed as a $4.3 million project by the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association and received $800,000 in the state capital budget approved in 2018.
Verily will bring funding and its expertise to the project. Originally called Google Life Sciences, Verily was launched in 2015 and is a subsidiary of Alphabet, which is Google’s parent company. Verily’s stated goal is to make health data useful.
On Jan. 3, Verily announced it raised $1 billion in an investment round, saying the money will support growth areas such as "investments in strategic partnerships, global business development opportunities, and potential acquisitions."
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