Published on October 02, 2018

Firelands Regional Medical Center receives opioid federal awards in the fight against addiction

(October 2, 2018) Firelands Regional Health System is pleased to announce that they have received federal awards from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) to help in the opioid crisis that is effecting not only Erie County, but the entire state of Ohio.

Firelands Regional Medical Center was awarded $750,000 over three years under the Rural Health Opioid Program.  The Rural Health Opioid Program is designed to expand the delivery of opioid related health care services in rural communities and reduce opioid overdoses in those communities. 

“We are excited to expand services under this funding,” said Marsha Mruk, vice president of Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services.  “The opioid crisis has claimed too many lives in our community and we must work together to provide a continuum of care to address this scourge.”  

The main goals and objectives of this project is to increase the identification of individuals with opioid use disorder, increase engagement in treatment, increase retention in treatment, and decrease fragmentation of care within the community.

To learn more about the behavioral health program at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services, please visit

Firelands Regional Medical Center is home to some of the nation’s best physicians and is one of the top-rated hospitals in the state. Firelands is one of only two hospitals in Ohio to receive both Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ in 2018. Firelands is also the only hospital in our 4-county service area to achieve both the America’s 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery™ and Spine Surgery™ in 2018. The medical center is also the recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and named among the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety in 2017. Firelands is accredited in heart failure and is an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Hospital, as well as a Certified Chest Pain Center. The health system is a Verified Level III Trauma Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and is the area’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services is one of the largest hospital based behavioral health and substance abuse programs in the state of Ohio. For more information about Firelands, visit

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