Highlights from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Harding Hospital and the STAR Center of Excellence

Our purpose

It’s been a busy fall season as we celebrate the 105th anniversary of OhioState Harding Hospital opened its doors on Sept. 1, 1916. Harding Hospital was one of the first psychiatric hospitals in the nation. From the beginning, Dr.George T. Harding II and his associates sought to provide “state-of-the-art” compassionate care and treatment while integrating the spiritual with the biological, psychological and social aspects of treatment.

While the years have advanced our practice model, the Harding Hospital team continues to maintain the mission set by Dr. Harding in providing state-of-the-art, compassionate care that comes from a trauma-informed model that aims to heal those in our care.

Our people

Ohio State President presenting award to Gov. and Mrs. DeWinePictured left to right: Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson presented the coveted STAR Award to Gov. and Mrs. DeWine
Ohio State Faculty at Star Award stagePictured left to right: Andrew Thomas, MD, MBA, FACP, Anne Jeffrey Wright, Tim Robinson, Jane Robinson, Sally Jeffrey O'Neil, President Kristina M. Johnson, K. Luan Phan, MD
The 12th annual Faces of Resilience event that took place on Sept. 29 was successful by all accounts. More than $420,000 was raised to support the STAR Program and the new Center for Psychiatry and Resilience. Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson presented the coveted STAR Award to Gov. and Mrs. DeWine, and Anne Jeffrey Wright and Sally Jeffrey O’Neil presented the Nancy Jeffrey Award to Tim Robinson, CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health chair Dr. K. Luan Phan, MD, formally announced the new Center for Psychiatry and Resilience and its inaugural study, the State of Ohio Adversity and Resilience (SOAR) Research Study, which will focus on uncovering new strategies to help prevent and reduce the prevalence of mental health, suicide and addiction.

George KontogiannisA highlight of the evening was Dr. Phan’s announcement of the first $1 million gift to the new center, by George Kontogiannis, a tireless advocate for patients suffering with mental illness and addiction. Mr. Kontogiannis is a philanthropist whose generosity has improved the lives of many people across central Ohio. He supports numerous scholarships at Ohio University, Ohio, University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, The Ohio State University, the Ohio State Knowlton School of Architecture and the Ohio State College of Medicine.

Our community

We hosted the eighth annual Suicide Prevention Conference: Suicide Prevention in the Midst of Social Disruption virtually on Sept. 10. It featured a distinguished array of experts, and drew more than 200 attendees from across the state. Follow this link for more information or to view the sessions.

Our path forward

talk-logoFinally, we’re thrilled to announce that the Nov. 13 Ohio State vs. Purdue football game will be dedicated to raising awareness around mental health and suicide prevention. For the first time — but definitely not the last — Buckeye Nation will come together to support this important cause. Join us as we encourage others to TALK to end suicide silence. Visit this link to learn more.

Warm regards,

Phan and LucasK. Luan Phan, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry
and Behavioral Health

Amanda Lucas, MBA, MEd
Executive Director
Ohio State Harding Hospital



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