Sovereign has experienced a tremendous amount of growth in the past year, having seen the opening of two new facilities and the addition of many new program elements. In addition to being listed within the top 25 percent in Inc. Magazine’s 33rd annual Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, we also earned sixth place on the Orange County Business Journal’s fastest-growing private companies list with a growth rate of over 340 percent over the last three years. As the final days of 2014 come to an end, let us take a look at the past year in review.
Sovereign kicked off 2014 with an open house commemorating our five-year anniversary with the help of actress MacKenzie Phillips. Later that month, we introduced pharmacogenetic testing (PGT) into our programs, elevating the quality and accuracy of our treatment. Utilizing San Diego-based Millennium Laboratories, PGT uses a DNA sample from a buccal swab, providing insights into enzyme activity and how people metabolize medication at different rates. PGT testing allows us to prescribe the most effective drug for each patient according to their genetic profile, minimizing trial and error and the risk of drug-to-drug interactions.
In March, we were accredited by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors as a provider of continuing education, allowing us to host C.E. webinars and networking luncheons at both our treatment locations and online through our education center, Sovereign Institute. Also, as recently as September, we gained our certification to provide C.E. credits to registered nurses (RNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs).
In May, we incorporated naturally assisted detox/neurotransmitter restoration therapy (NAD/NTR) into the detox program at our San Clemente, California headquarters. NAD/NTR rapid detox uses a natural mixture of vitamins to flush the body of toxins, minimizing anxiety and depression while expediting the process. With rapid detox, we do not only have the luxury of avoiding the risk of an adverse reaction from traditional detox medications, but minimize the chances of letting the patient develop a new addiction as well.
The following month, we inaugurated our Adolescent Program at our Rancho San Diego treatment center; Sovereign’s Adolescent Program focuses on the treatment of teens for substance abuse, mental health disorders and co-occurring conditions. In August, our Palm Springs facility saw the opening of its Dual Diagnosis Program, followed shortly by the Mental Health Program at the beginning of October. Also in August, after undergoing a rigorous assessment of its facilities, procedures and licensing, our Delta, Utah-based White River Academy was cleared by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to possess a SEVIS certification, allowing us to provide ESL training to international students from virtually any country allowed a U.S. visa.
Following the creation of an alumni services department, patient concierge services and a new continuing care program, Sovereign also implemented a legal and court liaison service in August.
October saw the opening of our women’s treatment center in Chandler, Arizona, offering specialized treatment for victims of past trauma and abuse. The very next month saw the inauguration of our latest addition to our armada of treatment facilities, our Fort Myers-based Florida center, allowing us to offer cutting edge, holistic approaches to treatment in the south Florida area and to the rest of the east coast.
In November, we were also accredited by the Joint Commission for our second year, reaffirming our status as one of the highest quality treatment providers in the country.
Although 2014 was a major year for us, we plan on continuing to expand and adding new program elements next year and in the years to come, addressing more demographics and offering new approaches to treatment. Enjoy the holidays and let’s make sure 2015 will be even more memorable for all of us here at Sovereign Health.
Written by Chase Beckwith, Sovereign Health Group writer