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October 2003 Issue

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UC Central Clinic Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Published October 2003

The UC Medical Center's Central Clinic celebrated 80 years of service and presented its Ambassador for Mental Health Award to Mary Ellen and Tom Cody at a luncheon on October 3. The event took 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.

Central Clinic, led by Walter Smitson, MD, UC Department of Psychiatry, celebrates 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 UC 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. The Clinic also serves children with emotional and behavioral problems, and mentally disabled adults, as well as treatment for depression, panic disorders and marital problems.

The Central Clinic 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 for success. Central Clinic 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.

In July, the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), announced that UC Central Clinic gained accrediation for a period of three years for its Assessment and Referral, Case Management, Outpatient Treatment and Prevention programs. This was Central Clinic's first application and the first accreditation awarded to them by this international accrediting commission. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measureable, and accountable.

The October 3 luncheon brought together friends and dignitaries to celebrate Central Clinic's 80 years of success and recognized 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, 558-5940.

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