Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Addiction Center to Close Methodist Ends Drug Treatments

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Addiction Center to Close Methodist Ends Drug Treatments

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Methodist Pathway Center will soon be closing -- making it the

third private drug treatment program in Jacksonville to shut

down in four years.

The center is closing because it was losing about $500,000 a

year, said Marcus Drewa, president of Methodist Medical Center

and the ultimate overseer of the program's $1.6 million budget

program.

"It's just one of those things we had to do. It's something we

did not want to do," Drewa said.

The center is located on the third and fourth floors of the

south building of the twin-tower Methodist Hospital Plaza at 580

W. Eighth St.

It was established in 1983, and is a rarity among local private

treatment programs in that it focuses on drug and alcohol

addiction instead of splitting its emphasis between substance

abuse and mental illness.

It is a relatively small program, with 25 beds for in-patient

care. It also offers day treatment programs that currently serve

about a dozen people a day, and an after-care program that sees

about 100 people a week.

It has about 25 employees. The hospital will try to absorb the

employees, but "I'm sure there will be a few" lay-offs, Drewa

said.

Drewa made the announcement to staff Tuesday. A final closing

date has not been set because time will be needed to finish

treatment of current patients, said Drew Edwards, the program's

executive director.

Edwards said he learned of the closing plans last week, and was

not surprised.

Business has steadily been declining since the late 1980s.

The decline was forced by insurance companies and other payers

of patient bills, who have turned some patients away from the

center and limited how long other patients could stay there,

Edwards said.

There are differing opinions about the significance of the

center's closing. …

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