FCA's Sherpa Program Receives Collaboration Award

FCA’s Sherpa partnership with Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI) was celebrated at CHSLI’s 5th Annual Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety event on May 24, 2019 at the Dematteis Center.

Sherpa was recognized with the “Best Collaboration to Address a Public Health Issue” award.

CHSLI and Sherpa have partnered to treat those individuals addicted to opioids and other substances through a collaborative approach by connecting these patients with "community-based peer navigators" to guide them through a recovery process. The three steps used in this process include identifying patients with the use of a screening tool, stabilizing and supporting during withdrawal, and providing a community-based peer liaison to help aid in recovery.


  • 1,387 emergency department patients identified with addictions using new screening tool
  • Good Samaritan, pilot hospital, saw 44.6% decrease of emergency department use for this group for the 180-day intervention index; 58.4% decrease out 90 days
  • 96% of the emergency department physicians at Good Samaritan trained in Suboxone administration to support the start of the withdrawal process
  • Over 200 patients referred to Sherpa

*Statistics provided by Catholic Health Services of Long Island