| Dr. Jeffrey Levine, Chairman, Psychiatry, and Raymond Esteves,
Assistant Vice President, Clinical Services, Psychiatry.
|Bronx-Lebanon’s Department of Psychiatry offers comprehensive
care for mental health and chemical dependency problems
that are affecting adults, adolescents, and children. The
department accounts for more than 200,000 visits annually, and
is widely recognized as a leader in the provision of community
mental health services.
“This is a very exciting time for our services,” stated Dr. Levine.
“Our residency program has expanded from 24 to 29 trainees,
and at the same time we have initiated a new post-residency
fellowship training program in Psychosomatic Medicine, which
will equip doctors of the future to integrate mental health and
general health treatments,” stated Dr. Lizica Troneci, Vice
Chairman, Psychiatry/Director, Training.
The Department is
leading the way to provide innovative services that take the
whole patient into account. It had previously launched the successful
Intensive Wellness Program, which provides both mental
health and general health care for patients at the Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Health Center who are at high risk for hospitalization
because of their multitude of co-existing problems
(such as bipolar illness, diabetes, hypertension, and chemical
dependency all at once).
In 2010 the Department was awarded
a four-year $2 million federal grant award from the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)
to provide similar services to individuals with chronic mental
illnesses who have not received needed general health care.
“As a family nurse practitioner myself, I am extremely proud of
our innovations in combining mental health and general health
care,” added Raymond Esteves, Assistant Vice President,
Clinical Services, Psychiatry.
|“During this Year of Oral Health,
it is evident that our Department of Dentistry’s success is contributing to
the emotional well being of its patients and the community.”
Levine, Chairman, Psychiatry.
|Theresa Rivera, Art/Activity Therapist, involved in art workshop with
|In the mental health area, the most exciting
new project to bring comprehensive care is Bronx-Lebanon’s planned Life Recovery
Center. This striking complex, which will open in 2012, will be the only center
in New York State to combine inpatient, outpatient, and residential services
for individuals suffering from chemical dependency.
“The Life Recovery Center will help us fulfill our goal of accepting nothing
less for our patients than full recovery and return to their lives, family and
work,” stated Dr. John Osei-Tutu, Director, Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Kamala
Greene, Program Director, Addiction Services, is a nationally recognized expert
in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), through which individuals learn to recognize
“triggers” and develop coping strategies.
|Our new 56,000 square foot
Life Recovery Center
will be completed in 2013.
|CBT is known to
improve depression and anxiety in many studies just as effectively
as medications. Dr. Greene is leading the efforts to train
resident physicians, social workers, and others who work in the
large ambulatory mental health programs of the Department of
“The great thing is that we are able to help patients
with all sorts of anxieties, including fear of dental procedures,”
adds Dr. Ketki Shah, Director, Outpatient Psychiatry.
Bronx-Lebanon’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division
offers emergent, inpatient and outpatient services. “We are the
cornerstone of child mental health services in the South Bronx,”
stated Ellen McLean, LCAT, Administrative Director, Child and
The department also provides services to more than 7,000
psychiatric emergencies annually in its Comprehensive
Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP). The CPEP Mobile
Crisis Team responds to an additional 1,000 emergent problems
per year across the Bronx.
“Our extraordinary team helps
people wherever and whenever they are called,” stated
Paula Gorney, LCSW, Director, Psychiatric Social Work.
“We offer residents of the Bronx whatever services they need
in a flexible, respectful, and successful manner. A great
many people depend on us. We will not let them down. Our
professionals are dedicated every day to the recovery of their
patients,” stated Dr. Levine.