ReVIDA Recovery officially takes ownership of Watauga Recovery Center's addiction clinics

Zach Vance • Feb 25, 2019 at 6:58 PM

Seven opioid addiction recovery centers in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have been rebranded under new ownership. 

Nashville-based health care executive Lee Dilworth announced Monday the formation of ReVIDA Recovery Centers LLC, a company that provides medication-assisted treatment and behavioral health services to more than 2,000 patients each month. 

This past fall, Dilworth and his partner David Dempsey entered into an agreement to buy Watauga Recovery Center and its seven affiliated clinics in Johnson City, Knoxville, Morristown and Newport in Tennessee, and Abingdon, Duffield and Wytheville in Virginia. Dilworth said his company officially took ownership of Watauga Recovery Center in late October. 

“It has been smooth. Patients have actually increased, and we’ve hired two new, board-certified medical directors, one in Virginia and one in Tennessee,” Dilworth said. 

Continuing the services Watauga Recovery provided its patients, Dilworth said ReVIDA will provide buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, treatment, as well as wrap-around services. 

While Dilworth said his vision for ReVIDA is to eventually expand its access, he said the company has no plans to offer other medication-assisted treatments, like methadone. 

In addition to serving as CEO, Dilworth will also serve on ReVIDA’s board of directors, as will Nashville businessmen Martin Rashis, Byron Smith and Dave Cooley. 

“ReVIDA is in the business of assisting people with opioid use disorder to reclaim their lives. In order to make a positive and lasting impact on each patient’s life, our staff is dedicated to working with primary care providers, law enforcement, social services, non-profits, and other community members to help the entire community overcome this epidemic,” Dilworth said in a press release.

“Every patient who successfully reclaims their life as they find recovery becomes a healthier and more productive participant in their community. Recovery saves lives, heals fractured families, reduces the costs of healthcare, social services, and in the criminal justice system. Recovery results in healthier and safer communities.”

Ed Ohlinger, who formerly served as a regional director of Acadia Healthcare, will serve as ReVIDA’s chief operating officer. Ohlinger has more than 30 years experience leading large-scale operations in the behavioral health industry, the press release stated. 

Ohlinger recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Association of Medication Assisted Recovery Programs for his work on improving access to care and decreasing the stigma of addiction. 

“I have worked in the behavioral healthcare space for many years and have never seen the level of dedication to positive patient outcomes that I see here,” Ohlinger said. 

“From the moment a patient walks in the door, our team is committed to helping them not only overcome addiction, but rebuild relationships, reduce stigma, and reclaim their life.” 

Dilworth said ReVIDA’s Abingdon, Duffield and Wytheville locations currently accept Virginia Medicaid insurance. For the Tennessee locations, Dilworth said his company is working to accept TennCare insurance. 

ReVIDA’s seven locations include: 

• 2001 Highland Ave. Knoxville.

• 1369 W. Andrew Johnson Highway

• 330 Heritage Blvd. Newport.

• 3114 Browns Mill Road, Johnson City.

• 198 Ross Carter Blvd. Duffield, Va.

• 300 Valley St. NE Abingdon, Va.

• 255 Holston Road, Wytheville, Va.




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