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Mental Health Crisis: Questions & Answers with Dr. Michael Biscaro

People can and do experience an emotional or mental health crisis due to a wide range of situations. For some, it might be the end of a personal relationship. For others, it might be the loss of a job. Crisis, stress, depression and other issues affect people in different ways. Treatment can help. Here, Michael J. Biscaro, Psy.D., ABPP, chief of behavioral health, discusses mental health crises and the Psychiatric Emergency Department at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center as part of a new video series on behavioral health and the best approaches to care. ...Continue →

Catholic Health World features St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in cover story on escalating demand for behavioral health services

Most Americans, directly or indirectly, experience behavioral health challenges at some point in their lives. For some, it’s a life-long struggle that drains resources and fractures families. In greater Cleveland, persons with mental illness and addiction have some of the direst needs, which have been further exacerbated by Covid-19. In its June 1 issue, Catholic Health World features St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in a cover story on pandemic stressors driving increased depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Individuals struggling with mental health and addiction challenges not only face a tremendous amount stigma, but they also receive their care from a too fragmented and disconnected delivery system. This is something St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is working to address through its Integrated Care approach – including expanded services and through community partnerships to achieve a complete continuum. ...Continue →

Peer Support Specialists Walk a Special Journey

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, who came to Cleveland from France in 1851 and became the city’s first public health nurses, have a deeply seeded commitment to authentic listening, especially with and alongside marginalized and underserved individuals, families and communities. This spirit is carried forward in many ways, including through the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (SVCMC) Certified Peer Support Team. ...Continue →

Ohio announces grant awards to continue fight against opioid addiction, including $150K to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Governor Mike DeWine joined RecoveryOhio and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) to announce funding awards totaling more than $13 million to help communities throughout Ohio continue the fight against opioid addiction and prevent overdose deaths. These State Opioid Response (SOR) 2.0 grants come at a time when many communities are seeing increased demand for behavioral health services amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The awards include $147,428.20 to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s addiction treatment center, Rosary Hall, which has been at the forefront of treating drug dependency for nearly 70 years – treating more than 100,000 individuals with the compassionate care that is the hallmark of the hospital. ...Continue →

St. Vincent Charity Chief of Behavioral Health to Speak at City Club

On April 27, The City Club of Cleveland will present a forum on COVID-19 and mental health featuring St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Chief of Behavioral Health Michael J. Biscaro, Psy.D., ABPP (Forensic), alongside Joan Englund, executive director of the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition, and Jonathan Lee, president & CEO of Signature Health. Together, they will discuss the pandemic’s impact, and new approaches to help Northeast Ohio residents. ...Continue →

Crain’s Cleveland Business: New clinic at St. Vincent Medical Center integrates behavioral health, primary care

Integrated Care refers to the practice of treating the whole person — attending to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. This approach meaningfully transforms lives by wholly embracing the needs of each individual. In its February 8th issue, Crain’s Cleveland Business features an in-depth look at this approach at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, as well as the hospital’s new Integrated Care Clinic, which provides outpatient mental health trauma and wellness services in a person-centered approach. ...Continue →

St. Vincent Charity Chief of Behavioral Health Shares Signs and Coping Strategies for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population every year. They are highly treatable, yet only 37% of those suffering receive treatment. In its February 2021 cover story, Cleveland Magazine features a series of ways to take charge of your health, including How To Address Signs of Anxiety And Find Solutions from Michael J. Biscaro, Psy.D., ABPP, chief of behavioral health at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. ...Continue →

Rosary Hall's outpatient director speaks to Cleveland Jewish News about rise in telehealth

Telehealth has been around for years, but it was not until the COVID-19 pandemic that its availability and use really grew. Telehealth services reduce barriers to treatment by allowing patients to see providers remotely for certain conditions. Russell Spieth, Ph.D., director of outpatient services at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Rosary Hall, spoke to Cleveland Jewish News about the increase in telehealth services and the impact it could have on health outcomes. ...Continue →

Cleveland Magazine's Top Doctors: The Toll COVID-19 Has Taken On Those Battling Addiction

As part of the December 2020 cover story for Cleveland Magazine, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center's co-medical directors of Rosary Hall, Dr. Theodore V. Parran and Dr. Christopher Adelman, discuss the importance of ongoing addiction treatment during the Covid-19 pandemic. ...Continue →

OhioMHAS Launches Online Tool to Provide Real-Time Data on Psychiatric Crisis Bed Availability

The Ohio Department of Health and Addiction Services unveiled a new tool today that will improve access to inpatient psychiatric care for residents in Northeast Ohio with serious mental illness. The Behavioral Health Connection, or B-CON, is an online psychiatric bed registry intended to facilitate timely admission to an inpatient psychiatric unit. This tool is part of a larger effort in Ohio to meet people with serious mental illness where they are and to ensure they receive the care they need in the most appropriate setting. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is a participating hospital in this effort. ...Continue →

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October 30, 2019

Statement on the Passing of 10th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Bishop Richard Lennon

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the Sisters of Charity Health System and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine are deeply saddened by the passing of The Most Rev. Richard Gerard Lennon, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland on Tu ...continue reading

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February 25, 2019

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Video Highlights Partnership

CLEVELAND – The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium has released a new video, highlighting the collaborative work under way by area hospitals to address the opioid crisis in the region.The ...continue reading

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June 4, 2018

St. Vincent Surgeon Performs Breakthrough Knee Revision Surgery

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Dr. Bernard Stulberg recently became the first orthopedic surgeon in the country to perform total knee revision surgery utilizing the latest GPS technology. The procedure marks a breakthrough in knee revision surg ...continue reading

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