Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health

Lindner Center Of Hope And UC Health To Integrate Clinical, Research And Educational Missions

Cincinnati, OH – May 6, 2011 – UC Health and Lindner Center of HOPE today announced that the boards of the two organizations have agreed to integrate the clinical, research, and educational missions of Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health. This new alignment, a partnership of excellence, will enable the two organizations to build a comprehensive and truly unique mental health program that will become a national resource; further anchor the UC Health brand in our northern suburbs; and provide greater efficiencies and economies of scale in areas such as patient flow, physician services, purchasing, contracting and administrative support.

“This is an exciting opportunity to transform the delivery of mental health services in our region,” said James A. Kingsbury, President and CEO of UC Health. “By integrating Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health, we will further leverage our internationally recognized psychiatric program on our main campus, and psychiatric research and education will flourish. Integration will also make this the premier psychiatry residency in the United States.”

Established as a center of excellence for mental health care for individuals and families throughout the region, and staffed by a highly accomplished clinical team of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, mental health specialists, and other specially trained team members. Lindner Center of HOPE serves people of all ages affected by mental illness and mental health concerns.

By working together, UC Health and Lindner Center of HOPE can best offer hope to people living with mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders, and co-occurring illnesses.

Craig Lindner commented, “Since its inception, the vision for Lindner Center of HOPE has been to positively change the climate of mental health care locally, regionally and eventually nationally. The integration of Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health enables us to multiply the great work the Center has been doing the last two and half years at an accelerated pace, positioning the Center to better serve patients and families.”

Structurally, Lindner Center of HOPE will remain a separate corporation from UC Health (although jointly owned by UC Health and The Lindner Family Foundation) and will continue to have a separate fiduciary board. Lindner Center of HOPE employees will therefore remain employees of the Center. There will, however, be integration with UC Health through oversight of administrative functions, and although the faculty at the Lindner Center of HOPE are already members of the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience academic unit, with this integration, the clinical practices of Lindner Center of HOPE will also be integrated with UC Physicians – Psychiatry. UC Health will also extend Epic, the system’s new electronic medical record, to Lindner Center of HOPE as well. Finally, while maintaining the nationally known Lindner Center of HOPE name, the Center will be identified as a member of the UC Health family of hospitals and physicians.

Paul E. Keck, Jr., M.D. President and CEO of Lindner Center of HOPE said, “Partnerships like this one enhance access and delivery of care for our community. We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide exceptional mental health services as part of a true system of care.”

 

About UC Health

UC Health includes University of Cincinnati Medical Center, ranked the best hospital in the region by US News and World Report; West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati’s newest hospital; Drake Center, Cincinnati’s premier provider of long term acute care; UC Physicians, Cincinnati’s largest specialty practice group with 650 board-certified clinicians and surgeons; the Lindner Center of HOPE, the region’s premier mental health center, and  the UC Cancer Institute, the UC Cardiovascular Institute, the UC Neuroscience Institute and the UC Diabetes and Endocrinology Institute. To learn more, visit UCHealth.com.

About Lindner Center of HOPE

Lindner Center of HOPE provides patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, free-standing mental health center, the Center is a charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers. The Center provides psychiatric hospitalization for individuals age 11-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, research and voluntary, live-in services. The Center’s clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Lindner Center of HOPE is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Press Contacts

Anthony Condia
UC Health
513.584.1134
anthony.condia@uchealth.com

Jennifer Pierson
Lindner Center of HOPE
513.536.0316
jennifer.pierson@lindnercenter.org

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