Detroit's Straith Hospital for Special Surgery in Southfield is hoping a new pain center focused on procedures and physical therapy instead of medication management will generate 1,300 procedures and a projected $1.5 million in billable revenue its first year of operation, the hospital said.
One of the goals is to ensure that patients limit their use of opioids, a serious problem in Michigan that led to more than more than 1,300 deaths in 2015.
"We looked at the community and saw there was a need," said Jan Rys, Straith's CEO. "There are a lot of people with pain out there. We noticed that from our rehab and geriatric population. Our program will be more focused on procedural intervention as opposed to medication management."
Rys, a former nurse, said patients served will be those with pain in their spines, neck and knee areas. "These procedures are for people who aren't really surgical candidates. They might need steroid injections to reduce swelling and reduce pain."