Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Rolling Hills Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Rolling Hills Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Oklahoma Drug Take-Back Programs are Helping Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Rolling Hills Hospital helps individuals struggling with mental health disorders and addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Ada, near Oklahoma City, Rolling Hills is the premier provider of psychiatric treatment for adolescents, adults & seniors.

The prescription painkiller epidemic has affected countless communities across the United States, and in the state of Oklahoma the impact has been felt deeply in places like Ada and Pontotoc County.

Throughout the nation, law enforcement officials and public health agencies are working together to find ways to curb the abuse of opioids. Most people are aware of the dangers of illicit substances, such as heroin, but the abuse of painkillers and other prescription medications have become shockingly common with doctors writing more prescriptions for opioids than ever before.

Because of the heightened prevalence of these drugs, new programming is being crafted to help limit access to these substances in the home, with new options for disposing of these medications safely.

An Alternative for Disposal

In years past, most people thought nothing of flushing old or unwanted medications down the drain or toilet. But this practice proved to have a damaging impact on the environment, most notably on the water supply, and is therefore no longer recommended.

Additionally, it was once common to toss old medicines in the trash, but this practice has also proved to have negative results, allowing substances of abuse to fall into the hands of children, animals, and individuals who are specifically searching through waste items for substances of abuse.

Fortunately, there are now options to dispose of old, expired, or unwanted mediations in a much safer manner. Walgreens pharmacies are now offering drug disposalkiosks in many locations in Oklahoma and throughout the country. These kiosks allow for safe, anonymous disposal of substances that could be abused at convenient locations, and it is believed that these programs and other similar initiatives are helping to keep harmful drugs out of the home, and lessening the chance that individuals may use them inappropriately.

Further, state sponsored and federal drug take-back programs are providing similar services, and allowing residents to dispose of substances of abuse without worrying about the involvement of law enforcement. Some areas are even offering permanent drop-off locations like the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office and the Ada Police Department.

A Brighter Future: Reducing the Stigma

By bringing the issue of prescription drug abuse into the light, drug take-back programs are helping to reduce the stigma that is sadly often attached to addiction.

Preventative education and comprehensive treatment for substance abuse are both needed to help combat the damage that chemical dependence has caused in communities throughout Oklahoma, and fortunately, there is greater access to support for issues of substance abuse than ever before.

To learn more about options for safe drug disposal in your community, you can consult the state’s drug take-back location tool on the Oklahoma Narcotics Bureau website. And if you or someone you care about is struggling with a dependence on prescription painkillers, know that there is help available.

Begin researching options for treatment in your area, and reach out to those that seem like a good fit for you or your loved one. By acting now, you can access the care you need to overcome chemical dependence once and for all.

I am very proud to say I received help at Rolling Hills, if you are struggling with your mental health it is a great place to recharge your batteries and get a better understanding of your body and mind.

– Former Patient
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