New recovery coaches serving across the Health System will be helping to fight against substance use disorders.
In 2021, the Health System held a pilot in Ladysmith. Since then, the program has continued to grow and services are provided in Beaver Dam, Eau Claire, Dickinson, Neillsville, Rice Lake, River Region locations and Weston, with plans to expand to Marshfield, Minocqua and Park Falls in 2024.
The Recovery Coach program is a partnership with AmeriCorps Recovery Corps, a program housed in the Center for Community Health Advancement. The coaches support people who are facing substance misuse challenges. They help by connecting people with community resources, offering sober friendship and tips for sober living, creating wellness plans and more.
Recovery coaches include:
- Leona “Danielle” Mills, Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam, at 920-342-9543
- Jenn Podeweltz, Marshfield Medical Center-Weston, at 715-297-2816
- Christian Johnson, Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire, at 715-829-9376
- Brittany Perzichilli, Marshfield Medical Center-Rice Lake, at 715-999-0088
- Jamie Thibedeau, Marshfield Medical Center-Ladysmith, at 715-450-3901
- Alex Gendron, Marshfield Medical Center-Dickinson, at 906-200-0243
- Kayle Glamann, Marshfield Medical Center -River Region, at 715-301-3624
- Barb Pyle, Marshfield Medical Center-Neillsville, at 715-819-9185
All recovery coaches have lived an experience of working through substance use issues of their own and are trained through the nationally recognized Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery.
“We’re thrilled to see the progress of the Recovery Coach program,” said Meagan Barnett, community health manager. “It’s a valuable resource to the communities we serve, but also aligns with our strategic goals of smart growth and partnering with a purpose.”