EASTON, July 13, 2016— The Easton Hospital IT team donated a bicycle to Safe Harbor’s new Bridge Buddy program, which partners members of the community with individuals who are starting recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.
“It’s a great gift,” says Anita Mitchell, Executive Director at Safe Harbor. “The bike will serve as a positive distraction for recovery participants who await admittance to a treatment program.”
When an individual in active addition or early recovery comes to Safe Harbor, he or she immediately receives an intake to a drug and alcohol treatment. However, it can take 10-14 days before they start treatment.
“The new program helps bridge that gap,” says Case Manager Sarah Woodruff. “The bike will allow buddies to take a ride on the various trails near downtown Easton.”
Easton Hospital IT was pleased to meet the need. IT Director Don Lutz won the bike in a raffle. Rather than keep it, he passed it on to others in need.
“As an avid bike rider, I know how good it can make you feel,” says Lutz. “We hope the bike inspires participants to stay focused on getting into treatment and mentors to join the program.”
“Mentors can listen to participants in moments of crisis and discuss the difficulties they might be having,” says Steven Laureano, the first participant in the Bridge Buddy program. “They can take participants to recovery meetings or lunch… and now for a bike ride.”
About Easton Hospital
Easton Hospital is a 254-bed acute care teaching hospital serving more than 300,000 residents in Northampton County and the five surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Founded in 1890, the hospital celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2015. Easton Hospital offers an active Emergency Department which sees more than 32,000 annual visits; a cardiac care program recognized as an accredited Chest Pain Center and one of 55 designated Heart Attack Receiving Centers in the country; a Center for Orthopedics, Joint and Spine which is accredited by the Joint Commission for both total-hip and total-knee replacement; a certified Primary Stroke Center; a Surgical Weight Loss program designated as an accredited center in Bariatric Surgery; and the Easton Regional Cancer Center which is a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson. In addition, the hospital maintains two free-standing, fully-accredited residency training programs in surgery and internal medicine.