Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will take over a unit in Mason to treat teenagers with eating disorders, reports the Enquirer’s Cliff Peale.
Children’s said Thursday it would lease a 16-bed inpatient unit at the Lindner Center of HOPE that will treat adolescents between 11 and 17 with a variety of mental health problems, but focusing on eating disorders.
It will also open a “partial hospitalization program,” where patients live at home but come for treatment during the day, in an adjacent building.
The Lindner Center currently operates the inpatient unit but management will shift to Children’s in July.
“Together, we will avoid duplication of services while offering more capacity to provide behavioral health services in the community,” said Paul Keck, president and chief executive officer at the Lindner Center, in a statement.
As many as 5 percent of adolescent girls suffer from eating disorders, among the most common chronic illnesses for those patients, according to the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Because those issues can lead to serious medical problems, patients often need hospitalization until they can get the proper treatment.
Children’s has 63 inpatient beds and 33 resident beds for adolescents at its main campus on Burnet Avenue and its location in College Hill.
“Access is always a struggle,” said Mike Sorter, director of child psychiatry at Children’s. “We think we can really enhance services by combining our efforts.”