Lindner Center of HOPE Welcomes

Heather A. Dlugosz, MD, FAPA, CEDS

Medical Director, Lindner Center of HOPE Harold C. Schott Eating Disorders Program

Lindner Center of HOPE is pleased to announce that Heather Dlugosz has joined the Center in the role of Medical Director for the Harold C. Schott Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Dlugosz is an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of patients with eating disorders and their psychiatric co-morbidities including mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Dlugosz received her bachelor’s degree from Albion College.  She earned her M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, completed her adult psychiatric residency at University Hospital in Cincinnati, now the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she served as Chief Resident. She is board certified in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS).

Dr. Dlugosz returns to Lindner Center of HOPE after previously working as a staff psychiatrist and then associate medical director at Eating Recovery Center in Cincinnati, OH and as a contract psychiatrist at VERY-Virtual Eating Recovery for You which provides virtual comprehensive services for patients with eating disorders. She currently holds an academic position as Associate Professor of Clinical-GEO at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience where she helps to educate medical students and resident physicians in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Dlugosz embraces a collaborative approach to the assessment and treatment of patients and her broad experience in a variety of settings is a solid foundation for providing the highest quality and compassionate care to patients at all levels of care.

The Center is excited about Dr. Dlugosz’s return and the leadership and expertise she will provide to the eating disorders treatment services.

Proceeds from the event will go towards Lindner Center of HOPE’s “Transforming HOPE” Capital Campaign

Lindner Center of HOPE hosted its signature fundraiser, Touchdown for HOPE on Sunday, February 11, 2024 in The Bally Sports Club at The Great American Ballpark. The event drew record sponsorship support and the largest attendance post pandemic. Sponsorships, donations, and ticket sales reached $225,000 and attendance was close to 240 people.

Employees, board members, and community supporters enjoyed the tailgate and watch party surrounded by big screen TVs, an unlimited Touchdown buffet, featuring Cincinnati food favorites, and other tasty treats.

Honorary Co-host John Jackson, a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League and a Cincinnati Bengal from 2000 to 2001, welcomed the group just before kick-off, and thanked the sponsors and fans for supporting the Center. Dr. Paul Crosby also addressed attendees, sharing his appreciation of the Touchdown committee, Mary Alexander, Brock Anderson, Chrissey Barrett Haslam, Greg Harmeyer, Graham Mercurio, Gary Mitchell, Terry Ohnmeis, Jennifer Pierson, Ryan Rybolt, Carl Satterwhite, Joel Stone, John Winch and David Wyler.

Special thanks to 2024 Team Captains, Scott Robertson, John Ryan and David Tasner.

Proceeds from Touchdown for HOPE will be applied to Lindner Center of HOPE’s “Transforming HOPE” Capital Campaign, enabling the Center to add more treatment units, expand wellness facilities and add clinical staff.

A generous list of sponsors made this event possible. Sponsors included:  Bonbright Distributors, Amy and Gary Mitchell, Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, John Winch Family Foundation, American Financial Group, Inc., RCF Group, US Private Wealth Management – U.S. Bank, Ellen & Jon Zipperstein, Joseph Auto Group, The Kate and Ted Emmerich Family Foundation, Myriad Genetics, PNC, Ryan Generational Capital Advisors, Sydney Warm and David Tasner, Tier 1 Performance Solutions, Chrissey Barrett Haslam, Cintech Construction, Millbridge Metals, Warm Construction, and Wagner & Bloch, LLC.

John Jackson, honorary co-host and former Cincinnati Bengal, welcomed the crowd at Touchdown for HOPE.
Touchdown for HOPE 2024 committee members: (l-r) Carl Satterwhite, Suzy Killin, Mary Alexander, Dr. Paul Crosby, John Ryan, Terry Ohnmeis, Scott Robertson, David Tasner and Graham Mercurio.
Tier 1 Performance attendees.
(l-r) Dr. Paul Crosby, Craig Lindner and Dr. Paul Keck
Dawn and Carl Satterwhite enjoying having a 360 degree photo taken.
Almost 240 attendees enjoyed the Touchdown for HOPE watch party.

Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason is a comprehensive mental health center providing 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 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.

Lindner Center of HOPE congratulates Tracy Suzanne Cummings, MD, as a 2023 Cincy Best Doc in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry category.

This is the premier medical award for all practitioners in the Greater Cincinnati region. Nominations were open to the community and allowed for nominations across many different categories, and the best in each category were chosen. Being named as a Cincy Best Docs physician is an exceptional honor.

LCOH-UC study: Spinal cord stimulation a potential new way to treat depression

Lindner Center of HOPE, UC researcher publishes pilot study showing feasibility of method

A pilot clinical trial led by Lindner Center of HOPE Research Institute and University of Cincinnati researchers at the Lindner Center of HOPE found electrical stimulation of the spinal cord is feasible, well-tolerated, and shows therapeutic potential to treat depression.

The results of the trial were published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry on Dec. 20. View link at https://rdcu.be/dt41x

Research background

Principal investigator Francisco Romo-Nava, MD, PhD, said his research focuses on how brain-body communication is involved in psychiatric disorders.

“We think that the connection between the brain and the body is essential for psychiatric disorders,” said Romo-Nava, Associate Chief Research Officer for the Research Institute at the Lindner Center of HOPE, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at UC, and a UC Health physician scientist. “Many of the symptoms of mood disorders or eating disorders or anxiety disorders have to do with what one could interpret as dysregulation in this brain-body interaction.”

Romo-Nava said pathways of neurons located in the spinal cord convey information from the body to regions of the brain that are involved in the emotional experience we know as mood. When functioning properly, the brain uses this information to constantly make adjustments to help regulate a person’s mood.

While major depressive disorder can have many different causes, one contributor could be this pathway being overloaded with information.

“For example, chronic stress could lead to a hyperactive brain-body circuit that eventually burns the system out and prevents it from adjusting itself in an effective and optimal way,” Romo-Nava said.

The research team looked at different ways to modulate this interaction between the brain and body and developed a novel approach through non-invasive spinal cord stimulation. Romo-Nava received a patent for the device obtained a patent in 2020 for the stimulation method used after working with UC’s Office of Innovation.

The spinal cord stimulation is designed to decrease the flow of information in the brain-body circuit so that the brain is better able to readjust and regulate itself.

“Spinal cord stimulation is thought to help the brain modulate itself as it should by decreasing the noise or decreasing the hyperactive signaling that may be in place during a depressive syndrome,” Romo-Nava said.

The investigational device that was used is no larger than a shoe box, with the active electrode placed on the patient’s back and the return electrode placed on their right shoulder.

Trial details

With funding through a Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Romo-Nava designed the pilot study to test the feasibility and tolerability of spinal cord stimulation for patients with major depressive disorder.

A total of 20 patients were enrolled in the trial, with half randomized to receive the active version of the spinal cord stimulation and half receiving a different version of current that was not expected to have much of an effect.

Patients went to the Lindner Center of HOPE for three 20-minute sessions a week for eight weeks, for a total of 24 spinal stimulation sessions.

Trial results

Romo-Nava said like with most pilot studies, the primary focus of the study was the feasibility and safety of the intervention and how well patients tolerated the stimulation. The study was designed so that the dose of stimulation could be decreased if needed, but Romo-Nava said all patients tolerated the initially prescribed dose well.

“We used a current that is so small that it’s about 10 times smaller than the one known to induce tissue damage, so that’s also pretty encouraging because there’s a lot to explore in terms of what is the optimal dose and session frequency,” he said.

Side effects of the treatment were mild, including skin redness at the site of stimulation and brief non-painful itching or burning sensations that only lasted during the treatment sessions. The skin redness typically did not last more than 20 minutes after a session, Romo-Nava said.

A virtual reconstruction of how the current from the device moves through the body showed the current reaches spinal gray matter in the spinal cord, but does not reach the brain itself.

“That supports our hypothesis that it is the modulation of these pathways of information that then may induce an effect on the mood-relevant areas in the brain,” he said. “So it is not the current that reaches the brain, it is the change in the signal that then has an effect. This study is not sufficient to prove all of these components of the hypothesis, but we think it’s a great start.”

Patients that received the active stimulation had a greater decrease in the severity of their depressive symptoms compared to the control group, but Romo-Nava cautioned the study was limited by its small sample size. These results will need to be replicated in much larger studies to be confirmed.

“We need to be cautious when we interpret these results because of the pilot nature and the small sample size of the study,” he said. “While the primary outcome was positive and it shows therapeutic potential, we should acknowledge all the limitations of the study.”

Data showed participants’ resting blood pressure did not change over the course of the eight weeks, but their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of a blood pressure reading) decreased for a short time after each session in a cumulative way during the study.

“That may mean that we may be actually inducing a form of plastic effect on the brain-body interaction circuit that is also involved in autonomic functions like blood pressure and heart rate,” Romo-Nava said. “This is very preliminary, but it is also another signal that is in the right direction.”

Moving forward, Romo-Nava said the research team is seeking additional funding to put together an expanded trial and develop a portable version of the spinal cord stimulation device. If further studies confirm the stimulation is safe and effective to treat psychiatric disorders, future work will also be needed to find the optimal dose, frequency and conditions it can be used for.

 

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 adults, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic and short-term residential services for adults, 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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The program, part of the Child/Family Center at Lindner Center of HOPE, will meet adolescent individual needs through day treatment.

Lindner Center of HOPE opened an Adolescent Partial Hospitalization program as part of its Child/Family Center on January 8, 2024.  . The center has dedicated space on its campus for this offering as a less intensive intervention than inpatient hospitalization, for stable adolescents struggling with mental health concerns.

Adolescence is a stage of development full of transitions and wayfinding. Adolescence is also one of the most common time frames for initial onset of mental health concerns. Given these factors, a teen may struggle to manage home, school, and social activities without additional therapeutic support. The Child/Family Center at Lindner Center of HOPE offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for adolescents (who do not meet the criteria for more intensive intervention of inpatient hospitalization) to receive day treatment, while living out their learned skills in the evenings and weekends at home.

The program is designed to help meet the individual needs of each participant through:

  • Psychoeducation
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Intentional goal setting
  • Evidence-based psychotherapeutic experiences in a group setting
  • Personalized consultative evaluations and intervention potential
  • A psychiatric evaluation with optional medication management
  • Educational support
  • Progress reports for families and referrers
  • Aftercare assistance

Appropriate patients for the Adolescent PHP will be 12 to 18 (if still in high school) years of age with primary mental health concerns. Co-occurring presentations will be reviewed for appropriate fit. The standard length of the program is 10 business days with possible extension determined by the team based on individual needs and goals. Program hours are from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

The entire treatment team will work with the adolescents and their families to provide tangible insights and skills to apply to daily life.

Coping skills can address:

  • A variety of mental health diagnoses
  • School concerns
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interpersonal interactions

For more information on the program contact:  513-536-0KID (0543).

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 adults, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic and short-term residential services for adults, 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.

 

Lina Hidalgo shares her decision to seek treatment for depression with the media to reduce stigma and help others start to access care.

 

 

Mark your calendars for the Kroger Wellness Fest, taking place on September 22-23 at @The Banks Cincy! Dr. Paul Crosby, President and CEO of Lindner Center of HOPE, is excited to join a crucial discussion on youth mental health and the collaborative efforts needed to shape a brighter future.

Joining Dr. Crosby are Brandon Saho, the host of the Mental Game Podcast and a proud Lindner Center of HOPE patient, Stephanie Brittingham, Health/PE teacher at Mason Middle School, and Dr. Angela Scott, Staff Psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s.

For the full schedule and details, visit https://www.kroger.com/f/wellness-festival/schedule

 

 

Francisco Romo-Nava MD, PhD, Associate Chief Research Officer, Lindner Center of HOPE, was granted an Emerging Scholar Travel Award for the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) 2023 annual conference. The conference takes place October 12 through 14 in Houston, Texas. The travel award allows for complimentary travel for the recipient.

Laura Nixon, CPA, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Lindner Center of HOPE has been selected as a finalist in the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2023 C-Suite Awards. The Courier’s C-Suite Awards Program honors C-level executives from companies across the greater Cincinnati region for their contribution and commitment to the community and their outstanding professional performance.

The finalists will be recognized and winners will be named on October 12th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at an event at Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel.

All finalists can be viewed at:  https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/event/169007/2023/csuite-awards

Paul R. Crosby, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Lindner Center of HOPE, was selected as a member of the 2nd annual Ohio 500, a list of the most influential executives across the state, presented by Ohio Business Magazine. The Fall issue of Ohio Business Magazine will recognize awardees.