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Publish Date: 09/24/03
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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UC Central Clinic Celebrates 80th Anniversary

The UC Medical Center's Central Clinic celebrates 80 years of service and will present its Ambassador for Mental Health Award to Mary Ellen and Tom Cody at a noon luncheon on Friday, October 3. The event will take place in the downtown Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, Hall of Mirrors.

Both Mary Ellen and Tom Cody have been active members of the Greater Cincinnati Community since their arrival in 1982, when Mr. Cody joined Federated Department Stores, Inc.  He is currently a vice chairman of Federated.  Previously, Mr. Cody was with Pan American World Airways, Inc. where he served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Mrs. Cody, an active volunteer in the community, currently serves in the following capacity:  president, Friends of CCM; board member, Dress for Success; Dominican Community Services; 4C and is a volunteer with Every Child Succeeds.  She is a past board member of Catholic Social Services and Friends of Women's Studies, College of Mount St. Joseph. 

Mr. Cody currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of Xavier University, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Life Center and the National Conference for Community and Justice.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  Mr. Cody was a co-chair of Cincinnati C.A.N. and is a past chair of the United Way and the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees.

Central Clinic celebrates with pride 80 years of providing quality behavioral health services to Hamilton County.  Central Clinic was founded by the Community Chest in 1923, initially to diagnose and treat emotionally disturbed children.  In 1933, the Clinic formed an ongoing partnership with the University of Cincinnati, as a training arm for psychiatry residents and medical students, while continuing to serve the mental health needs of Hamilton County with over 8,000 visits per year for area citizens.  This includes over 2,000 evaluations per year for the Hamilton County Courts, and treatment services for female offenders with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse, children with emotional and behavioral problems, and mentally disabled adults, as well as treatment for depression, panic disorders and marital problems.

The Central Clinic also has an active prevention and education social service program, which works with preschool centers and neighborhood schools to address factors that impede a child's chance of success. The Clinic also operates Mental Health Access Point (MHAP), which provides managed care, clinical services and utilization review for the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board-funded services.

The October 3 luncheon is expected to draw over 300 friends and dignitaries who will join together to celebrate Central Clinic's 80 years of success and to recognize Mary Ellen and Tom Cody for their years of hard work, commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for persons in the community. For more information about this event or the Central Clinic, call Mary Carol Melton, assistant director, (513) 558-5940

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