Diana Gomez had a normal childhood. After the tragic death of a loved one, her life began to spiral.
Diana turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her emotional pain. When she sought help at a local rehabilitation center, she discovered that she was pregnant and was forced to seek help far from her home in Pierce County. Nine months later, Diana gave birth to a healthy baby girl at Good Samaritan Hospital with support from Dr. Abi Plawman and residents from East Pierce Family Medicine.
“I’m actually working towards goals and achieving them. It’s not too late for me, I still have life left to live,” Diana says. “I am so blessed and happy to have such a great team around me to help me. I feel like I am back to being the person that I was meant to be.”
More than 200 pregnant women in Pierce County struggle with addiction every year. Thanks to community support, Good Samaritan will be able to offer hope, recovery and a chance for a healthier pregnancy close to home for moms like Diana. The START Inpatient Unit will open in 2019, making Good Samaritan the first hospital in Pierce County to offer both inpatient and outpatient services to mothers struggling with addiction.
Thank you for expanding access to care in our communities.
Addiction services for pregnant women
Donors provided funding to create the START Inpatient Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital for pregnant women struggling with addiction.
Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital
Through a partnership between MultiCare and CHI Franciscan, the Alliance for South Sound Health completed construction of a 120-bed behavioral health hospital in Tacoma. The hospital will open to adult patients in March 2019.
Pediatric Specialty Care
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Health Network opened a new clinic in Federal Way to provide convenient pediatric specialty care to children in South King County.
Care Transition Clinic
Mary Bridge added a Care Transition Clinic to support patients aging out of pediatric care and transitioning to adult care.
Drug treatment and recovery in Inland Northwest
Rockwood Clinic began leading a community network of care in Inland Northwest to provide support services for patients with opioid use disorders, chemical dependency issues and behavioral health needs.
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