Lindner Center of HOPE plans new brain imaging center for 2010

After completing its first year of service, the innovative Lindner Center of HOPE has already logged more than 17,000 individual patient visits for the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and eating disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.  Building off of that success, the mental health care center is planning expanded programs, services and new facilities for year two.

The original $28 million, 100,000 square-foot facility opened in Mason last August and is located on 36 acres of land.  Inside, the center employs 280 psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and support staff with 64 private beds for patients.

"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," says CEO and President Paul E. Keck, Jr., M.D.

In the first year alone the Lindner Center of HOPE has become a founding member of the National Network of Depression Centers along with Harvard, Columbia, John Hopkins and Stanford universities.  Their "leading edge" research has included 20 studies covering depression, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, genetics and psychopharmacology.  In July of this year, the Center received Behavioral Healthcare magazine's highest award, "The Citation of Merit in Behavioral Healthcare," from its Architectural Showcase program.

Furthermore, 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 according to Lindner Center officials.  The 16-room facility offers a variety of programs to accommodate different durations needed for its patients.

In August the center also opened a new Neuromodulation Center which is currently providing ECT and TMS therapy for adults, and in January 2010 a new Brain Imaging Center is scheduled to open for diagnostic and research purposes.

“What we have accomplished in the first year is nothing short of remarkable.  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," says Keck.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
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