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Physician at HCA/HealthONE's Swedish Medical Center Continues Crusade Against Opioid Epidemic

In 2017, Donald Stader, MD, FACEP, helped develop and lead a six-month pilot project called the Colorado Opioid Safety Collaborative launched by Colorado Hospital Association. His ongoing efforts to decrease potential abuse include the Alternatives to Opioids in the Emergency Department, a provision secured in the Opioid Crisis Response Act.

Physician at HCA/HealthONE's Swedish Medical Center Continues Crusade Against Opioid Epidemic
Englewood, CO, September 27, 2018 --( Donald Stader, MD, FACEP, associate medical director and emergency physician at Swedish Medical Center presented about opioids to medical professionals last week. The lecture was part of a continuing medical education series hosted by Swedish Medical Center, an acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds located in Englewood, Colorado. In front of 60 medical professionals, Dr. Stader continued his ongoing mission to educate about alternatives to help reduce opioid use and curtail potential abuse.

The lecture, titled Opioids: Medicine’s Greatest Folly, took an in-depth look at how providers’ prescribing of opioids affected the opioid epidemic. “We need to get down to the root of the problem. I think it's a revolution in pain management that's going to help us end the opioid epidemic,” said Dr. Stader.

Emergency providers nationwide are facing one of the greatest public health crises of our generation. Opioids, both prescription and illicit, have become the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. “As physicians, we have the ability, and the responsibility, to change that,” said Stader.

Last year, Dr. Stader and the Swedish Medical Center Emergency team made national headlines for their lead in a study to limit opioids by using alternatives for pain control. The study showed a significant reduction in the usage of IV opioids and initiated the Emergency Department Opioid Safety Pilot, a multicenter pilot including 10 hospitals throughout Colorado launched by Colorado Hospital Association. The pilot results, released in January 2018, showed a remarkable 36 percent average reduction in the administration of opioids.

“This is proof that even in one of the busiest level 1 trauma centers in Denver, change can happen, and patients can still receive exceptional care,” said Dr. Stader.

Dr. Stader’s ongoing efforts to decrease potential abuse includes Alternatives to Opioids in the Emergency Department, a provision secured in the Opioid Crisis Response Act recently passed by the Senate.

About Swedish
Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA’s HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.

With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region’s neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the area’s only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.

Swedish Medical Center offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty including adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology. Additional information about the hospital is available at
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Swedish Medical Center
Kara Hamersky
(303) 817-5708

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