Hospital Spotlight for Opioid Reduction Program: Hopi Health Care Center, Polacca, Arizona

December 2019
Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC)

Hospital Spotlight

Leadership Development

Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) is a critical access hospital (CAH) located in Polacca, Arizona. In 2017, HHCC received a supplement to the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Grant Program which helped support staff and community efforts with the Opioid Reduction Program.

Top Accomplishments

While visiting HHCC to discuss their opioid reduction program, the emphasis and thought put into the community was strikingly evident. From the thoughtful design of the hospital, allowing the east sun to greet the main entrance each morning, to the abundance of community support in making the Opioid Reduction Program so successful, HHCC embodies a hospital that is fully engaged with its community. HHCC has a wide array of community partners, including tribal leaders, local police, radio, and public health to name a few.  Through their time and donations, the reciprocal support cannot be overstated.

Positive Outcomes

Within the first six months of project implementation, the team identified many steps that produced great outcomes.

  • HHCC facilitated Take Back Day where community members could bring medications back to the hospital for safe disposal.
  • HHCC hosted the Red Ribbon Run for Substance Abuse Prevention with approximately 250 attendees.
  • Coordinated monthly stakeholder meetings with multiple community organizations supporting the Opioid Reduction Program.
  • Full participation and cooperation from providers, pharmacists, and staff.
  • Multiple awards given in recognition of individuals and organizations instrumental to the effort.