Gateway Foundation Recognized for Blue Distinction Excellence

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Fourteen Centers Receiving Specialty Care Distinction

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois honors all 14 Illinois area Gateway Foundation substance use treatment centers and its affiliate Beacon House in Pacific Grove, CA . As of today, Gateway facilities in Aurora, Carbondale, Caseyville, Chicago, Lake Villa, Gurnee, Pekin, Swansea, Pekin, Joliet, Jacksonville, and Springfield are all designated under the insurance provider’s Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program.

“We are honored by this recognition from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Our expert clinical teams work diligently to provide the best addiction care possible to our patients and families every day -- and has for more than 50 years,” says Dr. Tom Britton, Gateway Foundation CEO and President. “Being a trusted provider for substance use disorder treatment and recovery is more critical now than ever.”

Today, drug overdose remains the leading cause of death for people under the age of 50. In Illinois, opioids killed nearly 11,000 residents since 2008. According to the state Department of Health, “The opioid epidemic is the most significant public health and public safety crisis facing Illinois.”

“At Gateway Foundation we believe everyone has the right to substance use disorder recovery -- that every person deserves a chance to an addiction-free life,” adds Britton.

ABOUT GATEWAY FOUNDATION
Founded in 1968, Gateway Foundation is the largest non-profit national substance use disorder treatment provider for adults, adolescents, and teens, and is regarded as a leader in substance use disorder treatment solutions.

Each center serves patients at all stages of addiction recovery: inpatient, outpatient and post-treatment residential which includes day-treatment and post-treatment recovery home support. Gateway continues to be known for successful outcomes and long-term, proven results. In its 50+ years, Gateway Foundation has assisted more than one million people and continues to receive a 95 percent satisfaction rating from patients and their families.

ABOUT BLUE DISTINCTION SPECIALTY CARE
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care across many medical disciplines while encouraging health care professionals to improve their patient service. Research shows that compared to other facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit http://www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

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