Husband to ride bike from Lindner Center of HOPE to Yellowstone National Park to Memorialize Wife’s Struggle with Depression

Kathy Klausing was loyal and devoted to her family. Sadly, her struggles with depression plagued her until her death in November 2014. Kathy’s husband of 28 years, Jack, misses her every day and wanted to do something to memorialize Kathy. In his mind, a plaque in her honor just wasn’t enough.

“We wanted to do something that would help give hope to others,” said Jack Klausing.

BikeNBagsIIA cycling enthusiast, Jack has decided to ride his bike from Cincinnati, Ohio to Yellowstone National Park, about 2000 miles. Taking it a step farther, Jack has established a fundraiser for Lindner Center of HOPE’s mood disorders research efforts. Kathy spent two-and-a-half weeks at Lindner Center of HOPE in 2013 where she had a positive experience.

Jack and his family believe that raising money to advance the field’s understanding of depression will be a great legacy for Kathy and ideally benefit others who are struggling.

“There is a great deal of misunderstanding about depression. The common thought is people with depression should just get over it. People are afraid to talk about it when someone they know suffers from depression. That person is avoided. This only feeds the sufferer’s negative thoughts,” said Klausing.

Jack and his family have already raised nearly $16,500. Donations can be made directly to Lindner Center of HOPE by mail or online giving at https://webapps2.uc.edu/foundation/LCOH/DonationForm.aspx or through Crowdrise at https://www.crowdrise.com/MilesInMemoryofKathy/fundraiser/jackklausing.

Jack plans to depart on his journey from Lindner Center of HOPE, 4075 Old Western Row Rd., Mason, on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 9 a.m. The Center is planning a sendoff for him. Jack has established a website and Facebook page so those interested can follow his journey. He also hopes others will be willing to start the conversation about depression and share their journeys.

Media interviews can be arranged with Jack Klausing by coordinating with Jennifer Pierson at 513-536-0316, please call to make arrangements.

Lindner Center of HOPE provides excellent, patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic and short-term residential services for adults and adolescents, intensive outpatient program for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for adults and research. The Center is enhanced by its partnership with UC Health as its clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Together Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health offer a true system of mental health care in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country. The Center is also affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.

Addressing Mental Health #B4Stage4

Addressing mental health before Stage 4—this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month—calls attention to the importance addressing mental health symptoms early, identifying potential underlying diseases, and planning an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health. Mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process—efore Stage 4.

“When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them,” said Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD, President and CEO of Lindner Center of HOPE. “We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention. So why don’t we do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness?

“This Mental Health Month, we are encouraging everyone to learn the signs, ask for help if needed, address symptoms early, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health.”

One of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take a mental health screening. Mental Health America has online screening tools for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder at mhascreening.org. MHA’s goal is to get every American screened and aware of their mental health, so they can address it #B4Stage4.

MHA has also developed a series of fact sheets available on its website (www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may) on realizing the critical importance of addressing mental health early, recognizing the risk factors and signs of mental illness and how and where to get help when needed.

May is Mental Health Month was started 66 years ago by  Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.

“When feelings and emotions get overwhelming, it’s hard to know what to do,” Dr. Keck said. “Sometimes, these early symptoms might not ever become serious. Like a cough, they often go away on their own, and are nothing to fear. But sometimes, they are a sign of something more severe and shouldn’t be ignored. Taking a screening is the first step to protect your mental health, and addressing mental illness before Stage 4.”

Research shows that by ignoring symptoms, we lose ten years in which we could intervene in order to change people’s lives for the better. During most of these years most people still have supports that allow them to succeed—home, family, friends, school, and work. Intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental illnesses.

“Prevention, early identification and intervention, and integrated services work,” concluded Dr. Keck. “When you address symptoms before Stage 4, people can often recover quickly, and live full and productive lives.”

For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

 

Proclamation result of City of Mason’s commitment to culture of health, mental wellness

City leaders were joined by leaders from the Lindner Center of HOPE and Assurex Health, both significant contributors to research, innovation, education and health care delivery in the field of mental health, at the April 13 City Council Meeting to commemorate national Mental Health Month (May) and Community Mental Health Education Day (May 3). The City issued proclamations acknowledging both events.

The City of Mason has partnered with the Lindner Center of HOPE, one of the premier mental health centers in the nation, and Assurex Health, a rapidly-growing, innovative precision medicine company, to support their ongoing growth and development. This partnership is a result of the City of Mason’s commitment to fostering a culture of physical and mental health and well-being – from the people who work and live in the city, to the companies in Mason’s thriving Innovation and Biohealth corridor.

The Lindner Center of HOPE is hosting an Education Day on May 3

The proclamation for May 3 being Community Mental Health Education Day coincides with the Lindner Center of HOPE hosting an Education Day event on May 3. This half-day event is a community workshop that will focus on mental illness and addiction. Community-wide education is critical to the mission of giving hope and restoration to those who suffer from mental health issues, as well as their family and caregivers. Providing an Education Day on May 3 to the Greater Cincinnati population is a collaborative effort to enhance awareness of mental illness and addiction, and break down cultural stigma. Registration information is available at lindnercenterofhope.org/educationday or by contacting Kelly Hines at kellyhines@lindnercenter.org; 513-536-0328.

 

Singer and Actress Mackenzie Phillips to Open Half-Day Workshop with Keynote Address

Lindner Center of HOPE employees raised funds this past fall and winter to be able to offer the community an Education Day on Sunday, May 3, 2015. As education is the key to understanding, the half-day workshop will enhance awareness of mental illness and addiction and ultimately, help reduce stigma surrounding these conditions.

The Education Day will be held at Manor House, 7440 Mason-Montgomery Rd. in Mason from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration and an information fair opens at 11 a.m. with buffet brunch opening at 11:30 a.m. Lindner Center of HOPE President and CEO, Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD, will welcome the community at noon and introduce the keynote speaker, Mackenzie Phillips, actress and singer. Phillips’ presentation will conclude at 1 p.m. with three hours of breakout sessions following. Guests will be able to customize their afternoons with sessions that will most benefit them, as at least four topics will be available for each of three breakout session timeslots. Topics include eating disorders, addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, adolescent mental health, obsessive compulsive disorder and more.

Registration and the full schedule are available at lindnercenterofhope.org/educationday or by contacting Kelly at kellyhines@lindnercenter.org or 513-536-0328.

Event partners include: Assurex Health, Prestige and City of Mason.

MACK HIGH RESMackenzie Phillips is an actress and singer best known for her roles in American Graffiti and as a rebellious teenager on the well-known sitcom One Day at a Time. As a troubled teen star, Phillips struggled with addiction and depression. Now she serves as a Recovery and Treatment Advocate.

Mason, OH, November 13, 2014 – Lindner Center of HOPE is recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for achieving excellence in performance on its accountability measures during 2013 for Hospital-Based Inpatient Psychiatry. The Lindner Center of HOPE was also recognized in 2012.

Lindner Center of HOPE is one of 1,224 hospitals to meet or exceed the target rates of performance for 2013. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2013 calendar year.

Key_set_with_words_2013  Lindner Center of HOPE and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measure have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice.

Specific measures that Lindner Center of HOPE was evaluated on included:

  • Completing Nursing and SW assessments timely and thoroughly
  • Continued low rates of restraints
  • Physicians documenting the justification of discharging patients on multiple antipsychotics greatly improved
  • Nursing providing patients and/or families with list of discharge medications with doses and indications
  • Social workers securing discharge plans with external providers and obtaining appropriate authorizations for disclosure
  • Timely completion of discharge summaries
  • HIM facilitating the process of forwarding copies of discharge summaries to appropriate external providers for continuity of care

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Lindner Center of HOPE is safe, effective mental health care. That’s why Lindner Center of HOPE has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Lindner Center of HOPE is proud to receive this distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for the second year in a row, says Dr. Paul Keck, President and CEO.

In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Lindner Center of HOPE will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality check website, www.qualitycheck.org.

Lindner Center of HOPE provides excellent, patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic and short-term residential services for adults and adolescents, intensive outpatient program for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for adults and research. The Center is enhanced by its partnership with UC Health as its clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Together Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health offer a true system of mental health care in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country. The Center is also affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.

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Lindner Center of HOPE Co-Founder and Board Chairman, S. Craig Lindner provided the keynote address at Mount St. Joseph University’s Duffey Conway Ethical Leadership Series, “Lessons in Leadership:  Health, Wellness and Our Community” on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Mr. Lindner, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-President and Director, American Financial Group, Inc., presented, “The Story of HOPE and Our Community” during which Mr. Lindner shared how Lindner Center of HOPE came to be and challenged the audience to engage in securing the future of healthcare quality and accessibility in the Greater Cincinnati community.

Click here to read Cincinnati Business Courier’s coverage.

The UC Mood Disorders Center, University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute is hosting a free symposium on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The symposium is titled Conquering Depression:  Different Approaches for All Ages. It will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Conference Center at Daniel Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road.

This free symposium is for anyone who has suffered from depression and for their family members and friends.

Register online or for more information, go to www.ucneuroscience.com/events. This is a free symposium that is open to the community.

Mental Illness Affects Everyone, Show Your Support October 5 through 11, Mental Illness Awareness Week, wear a green ribbon.

 

 

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Weight restoration, nutritional support, coping skills instruction and disease management assistance are features of this Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program for adults.

MASON – (Sept. 26, 2014) – Beginning Monday, September 29, Lindner Center of HOPE will offer an expanded partial hospitalization program for patients 18 and older struggling with eating disorders.

For those who suffer with eating disorders, food and mealtimes become a source of fear, panic, anxiety and pain. Managing this illness often requires an intermediate level of care between acute inpatient care and outpatient care; this level of care is available at Lindner Center of HOPE for adults age 18 and older.

The Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program at Lindner Center of HOPE (EDO PHP) is a treatment program designed to provide intensive treatment for eating disordered patients who do not meet criteria for inpatient hospitalization but who are not stable enough to be treated in the traditional outpatient setting. The goal of EDO PHP is weight restoration, nutritional support and planning, instruction of cognitive coping skills, and to assist patients in the management of their disease and symptoms to the point that traditional outpatient services will be effective. EDO PHP is often used as step-down treatment from inpatient hospitalization with the intent of transitioning the patient back into their home environment and healthy routines. As such, EDO PHP is a cost effective option for patients who meet admission criteria for this program.

EDO PHP operates Monday through Friday (except legal holidays), 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on the campus of the Lindner Center of HOPE at 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, 45040. Duration of the program is based on individual progress towards established goals; however the average length of stay for the EDO PHP is four to six weeks. The program features:

  • Attended and supported breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Monitored physical status, including weight and vital signs
  • Check-In and Check-Out with goal setting and debriefing of skills attempted
  • Group programs which are DBT-based and with a primary focus on skill development
  • Supportive individual therapy
  • Nutritional and meal planning support
  • Specialized EDO group therapy
  • Family support and education

The EDO PHP at Lindner Center of HOPE operates in conjunction with Lindner Center of HOPE’s Adult Partial Hospitalization Program, available for adults who are experiencing emotional or behavioral issues significant enough to affect daily functioning or quality of life. Patients may be suffering with diagnoses, including but not limited to: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, adjustment disorders and thought disorders not requiring hospitalization.

For more information, individuals may call (513) 536-4673 to speak to an intake expert.

 

Lindner Center of HOPE provides excellent, patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic and short-term residential services for adults and adolescents, intensive outpatient program for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for adults and research. The Center is enhanced by its partnership with UC Health as its clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Together Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health offer a true system of mental health care in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country. The Center is also affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.

 

Contact:

Jennifer Pierson Lindner Center of HOPE (513) 536 -0316 jennifer.pierson@lindnercenter.org

Courtney Molnar Kassar, MD, Lindner Center of HOPE Staff Psychiatrist, will present Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mental Illness and Now Have the Opportunity to Ask


Mason, OH – On Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Mason Community Center from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Courtney Molnar Kassar, MD, Lindner Center of HOPE Staff Psychiatrist, will present Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mental Illness and Now Have the Opportunity to Ask. The presentation is open to the public and is offered at no charge. During this presentation, attendees will have an open forum to ask question about mental health, including medications, levels of care, the probate process and more.