close
close

New Addiction Treatment Clinic at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital Celebrates Patient Success

New Addiction Treatment Clinic at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital Celebrates Patient Success


Full size render

Behind the smile of the man seen proudly holding his certificate of excellence is a patient who wants to get the care and support he needs to turn his life around.

Larry Boganwright began his training at the Addiction Medicine Clinic at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital and Marion Public Health Department after a visit to the emergency department in June 2023. A year has passed and Boganwright is now one of the clinic’s first patients to celebrate one year of sobriety.

“It was a big moment for me,” Boganwright said. “It was hard work and ups and downs, but with the help of my team, I made it.”

Boganwright said his success with sobriety has allowed him to get his driver’s license back and reconnect with family members.

“It’s important to recognize and celebrate Boganwright’s accomplishment of reaching one year of sobriety because we know that unfortunately, most people suffering from addiction never get the help they need,” said Vinayak Shukla, MD. “At OhioHealth, we are committed to using our knowledge and resources to combat the statistics and help more people access the care they need to be successful.”

“Boganwright’s story is something our team is very proud of and it shows how important this work is,” said Paula Kobelt, DNP, RN, PMT-BC, advisor, Addiction Medicine Fellowship. “It’s a wonderful success story for Boganwright and his family.”

On June 18, 2024, Boganwright’s support team gathered to recognize his hard work and commitment with a small ceremony that included the presentation of an award certificate and balloons.

“It was an incredible experience to celebrate this with him,” said Melinda Heiligmann FNP-C, MSN, RN, BSN, Addiction Medicine, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital. “It’s so humbling to think about the impact we can have on other people’s lives every day.”

The Addiction Medicine Clinic at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital and Marion Public Health Department began operations in June 2023 with a new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA). The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Behavioral Health Care Support grant is awarding $500,000 per year for 4 years, for a total of $2,000,000. The grant is valid from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2026.