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Publish Date: 08/27/09
Media Contact: Susan Sherman, 513-536-0510
Patient Info: Patients and families seeking services at the Lindner Center of HOPE are encouraged to call (513) 536-4673.
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Lindner Center of HOPE Celebrates 1st-Year Anniversary

CINCINNATI—The Lindner Center of HOPE celebrated its first anniversary with more than 17,000 individual patient visits for the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses in the first year. Expanded programs and services are planned for Year Two.

“What we have accomplished in the first year is nothing short of remarkable,” says CEO and President Paul Keck, MD. “With our exemplary team of 280 leading psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and staff at the center, we are able to provide exceptional care and services for our patients and their families.”

He adds, “We have seen a growing need for comprehensive mental health care given the increase in the number of patients reporting depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia and other problems stemming from the economic downturn.”

The $28 million center opened Aug. 18, 2008, and remains the newest free-standing mental health center in the United States. The 100,000-square-foot complex, located on 36 acres at 4075 Old Western Row Road in Mason, Ohio, has 64 private beds for adolescents, adults and senior adults, along with outpatient services and a research institute.

Craig Lindner, his wife, Frances, and parents, Edyth and Carl Lindner Jr., provided funding to help launch and support the center, in affiliation with the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Psychiatry. The center operates in a research and teaching partnership with the department.

“There is a tremendous and growing need for this type of mental health care,” says Craig Lindner. “My family’s mission has always been to make mental health care more accessible and more acceptable. We take great pride in the work being done to educate and provide care to patients and families from communities across the U.S.”

Among the first-year accomplishments:

  • The clinical staff of physicians and experts—members of the UC psychiatry department faculty—has grown to 33, and campus-wide staff now stands at 280.  
  • A recent study indicated that 96 percent of patients and their families said they would “recommend or definitely recommend” the Lindner Center of HOPE, and 98 percent of employees indicated they are “proud to work at the center.”
  • The Lindner Center of HOPE is a founding member of the National Network of Depression Centers along with Harvard, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities.
  • Leading-edge research is being conducted, including 20 current studies in depression, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, genetics and psychopharmacology.
  • A new Neuromodulation Center was launched in August 2009 providing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy on site. TMS therapy, approved by the FDA in October 2008, provides treatment for adults with depression who have not achieved adequate improvement from antidepressant medications and counseling.
  • A partial hospitalization program for adolescents age 11-18, which opened in July 2009, offers intensive treatment from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. without a hospital stay. The adolescent program was recently expanded to include outpatient evaluations for children as young as 2 years of age.
  • A new Brain Imaging Center is scheduled to open in January 2010 for diagnostic and research purposes.
  • A much anticipated Addiction Program will be offered beginning this fall.
  • The Eating Disorders program continues to fill a need in the community and will have additional staff before year end.
  • In July 2009, Behavioral Healthcare magazine’s Architectural Showcase program granted its highest award, “The Citation of Merit in Behavioral Healthcare” to the Lindner Center of HOPE and Cannon Design.

In addition, the Sibcy House at the Lindner Center of HOPE is one of the few residential programs in the country to offer intensive diagnostic and individualized treatment. The 16-room residential unit offers a 10-day diagnostic stay, 28-day program and 17-day addiction program.



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