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Methadone Clinic Acquired, to Break Ground in January

The methadone clinic that will open inside the former Sav-a-Lot grocery store building on Madison Avenue in Covington has been acquired. Pinnacle Treatment Centers, which, according to a news release, operates a network of drug and alcohol treatment centers, has acquired NKY Med, LLC, the local entity that battled for three years to open its clinic. The clinic will serve as an outpatient addiction treatment facility.

Ron Washington became the sole owner of NKY Med earlier this year after buying out his former partner, Dr. Gary Shearer whose Florence officers were raided by federal agents and who faces a multitude of charges. Washington says in the news release that he decided to partner with Pinnacle because of its record of providing quality care for people suffering from addiction.

"I searched for an organization that would help to combat the growing problem we are facing in our community," Washington said. "Pinnacle has a proven record of success.''

Pinnacle operates 17 facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in addition to Recovery Works, an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Pinnacle Treatment Centers provides drug-free inpatient and outpatient treatment, medication assisted treatment, and counseling for alcohol and drug addiction. Pinnacle, which provides services to approximately 5,000 individuals daily, is run by Dr. Ken Kessler, who previously founded two other health care companies, American Psych Management and APS Health Care.

“Pinnacle is pleased to partner with Ron Washington to bring national caliber treatment to the many victims of the flood of drugs swamping Northern Kentucky," Kessler said in the release.

Washington, the former Chief Deputy Sheriff for Kenton County, has been working to get a clinic opened In Covington since 2010. The Covington Board of Adjustments originally denied the clinic’s zoning application, but this denial was reversed by two court decisions.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Covington facility will be held in January.

PHOTO: Site of future methadone clinic in Covington/RCN file