May 22, 2015

Director of St. Vincent Charity psychiatric emergency department named mental health professional of the year

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County presented a number of awards at its May 18 annual meeting, including naming Leslie Koblentz, M.D., the mental health professional of the year. Dr. Koblentz is the director of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center's psychiatric emergency department and serves as the psychiatrist for the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Dr. Koblentz was recognized for dedicating her career to the public mental health system and her ability to collaborate with various systems to ensure that people living with mental illness receive the best treatment and recovery supports available. In an email announcing Dr. Koblentz as the award recipient, ADAMHS Chief Executive Officer William Denihan wrote, “Her energy, knowledge and professionalism are appreciated by the ADAMHS Board.”

“The compassionate work of the individuals and programs we will honor is truly inspiring,” said Eugenia Cash, ADAMHS board chair, as she spoke at the annual meeting about the recipients awards. “Their extraordinary contributions are helping children and adults with mental illness and addictions on their path to recovery.”

Denihan added, “The actions of each of our recipients are helping to alleviate the stigma that is still too often associated with mental illness and addictions. Their achievements embody what community treatment and recovery support is all about.”

Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett recently wrote about the work Dr. Koblentz and the psychiatric emergency department at St. Vincent Charity do as one of only six emergency rooms in the country focusing primarily on treating individuals with emergency mental health issues.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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