Like a Phoenix, ReVIDA Recovery Center has risen from the ashes.

A year ago, an accidental fire closed the original location of ReVIDA in Morristown, but the medical practice rebounded and was able to move to a better location on Bowman Street, off West Morris Boulevard.

The icing on the cake is that ReVIDA was voted the 2020 Healthcare Business of the Year by the Morristown Chamber of Commerce.

The award is a feather in the cap of Kaissen Carr, ReVIDA’s program director.

“We are very honored to be the 2020 Healthcare business of the year,” Carr said.

In order for ReVIDA to be eligible for the award, the company was nominated to the Chamber of Commerce. The company had to tell what it’s done for the community, for the Chamber and a company history. As part of the nomination, a presentation was put together, including information and a short video to the Chamber.

After voting took place, ReVIDA was notified of the award. The company received a trophy for their efforts.

The Fire

ReVIDA was recovering from an accidental fire at their previous location more than a year ago. Carr had no idea how things were going to turn out.

“It was shocking to get the phone call about the fire,” Carr said. “Our team here in Morristown pulled together. We quickly were able to move our facilities from Morristown to our Newport office. Our patients were able to have treatments uninterrupted. 20 patients received treatments at other facilities.”

The Morristown ReVIDA facility was closed 38 days between the fire and reopening in their present location.

Services

As far as treatment for Opioid addition, Carr said that the Morristown ReVIDA office is just one piece of the recovery puzzle.

“What makes ReVIDA different is that we are a comprehensive behavioral health organization, we do the full gamut of services,” Angelee Murray, ReVIDA’s director of corporate and community development, said in an interview last year. “We don’t just have a doctor who prescribes medication. We have a physician who works with our patients to manage their medication, we manage behavioral services with a licensed clinician, which would either be a licensed counselor or a licensed social worker.”

Murray also said that ReVIDA also has certified care, or peer-to-peer recovery specialists, who are in recovery themselves.

“They have to be in recovery for at least two years, they have to go to a 40-hour training with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Tennessee Department of Health. So, it’s not just someone off the street, it’s an actual someone certified by the state,” she said. “That peer sits across from our patient and they have learned experience and they say, ‘Look, I’ve been exactly where you are. I know exactly what you’re going through. I can share with you if I’ve been through that before.”

“There’s a lot of negatives that come with treatment facilities,” Carr said. “We have physicians. We don’t dispense medication on site at all.”

ReVIDA Morristown services 345 patients. The company has seven locations, including four in Tennessee, including Newport, Knoxville and Johnson City. ReVIDA’s Virginia locations are in Abingdon, Duffield and Wytheville.

“Our goal is to help promote safe and healthy communities by empowering individuals to reclaim their lives from opioid use disorder,” Carr said.

Carr is concerned that COVID-19 will see an increase in opioid disorders because of the uncertainty of the times right now, but ReVIDA stands ready to assist.

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