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Linden Oaks Receives Recognition from Romeoville and Bolingbrook School District
The Valley View School District in Romeoville and Bolingbrook, IL, recognized Linden Oaks at Edward Behavioral Health Hospital on February 24, 2014 for outstanding achievement in their schools. Linden Oaks presented the SOS: Signs of Suicide Prevention Program to all eighth and nineth grade students throughout the Valley View School district in 30 days.
“Linden Oaks Behavioral Health has made a huge time commitment to our district by providing an in depth training program on a very important social emotional issue, suicide prevention”, noted Michele Bochnak, Valley View School District Community Outreach Coordinator at the ceremony.
This was the first year for the SOS Prevention program in the schools. The school district decided to try the program after a school staff member discovered that the number of risk of harm assessments were on the rise in their students. The district wanted to take a proactive stance through pre-emptive education and approached Linden Oaks about implementing the SOS Prevention Program.
Katie Andersen, Linden Oaks community liaison and facilitator of the SOS Prevention Program, has reached approximately 1,500 students in Romeoville and Bolingbrook this year. Through the student centric program she teaches students the signs of depression and how to address issues through the "Acknowledge, Care, and Tell" (ACT) approach. She also serves on the district crisis team.
“Linden Oaks is proud to accept this recognition and looks forward to collaborating with Valley View School District on student behavioral health initiatives in the future,” says Andersen.
February 11, 2014
Gina Sharp, President of Linden Oaks at Edward, awarded by the American College for Healthcare Executives
Gina Sharp, President of Linden Oaks at Edward, was recognized for her professional achievements by the American College for Healthcare Executives (ACHE) on February 11, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. She received the 2013 ACHE Early Career Healthcare Executive Award. This award recognizes executives under the age of 40 who have had a significant impact in healthcare.
Gina was awarded for her work over the last ten years in behavioral health. In her tenure at Linden Oaks, she has transitioned from a financial analyst to president of the organization. She has implemented a high quality and patient centered care approach and recruited talented physicians and staff members to join Linden Oaks. These improvements have resulted in better treatment options and programs available and the integration of behavioral healthcare with medical care.
Among her many achievements is improved the financial operations for Linden Oaks. The financial savings have allowed money to be re-invested into programming and facility improvements. She also redesigned the operations of the Resource and Referral Department which resulted in assessments increasing from 6,300 to 10,000 annually. And she was instrumental in the growth of the “help hotline” to 120,000 clinical calls annually.
Gina is also known in the community as an extensive advocate for awareness of behavioral health issues. And educational and prevention initiatives such as Mental Health First Aid and Signs of Suicide have also seen growth under her leadership. Gina is also the president of the board of trustees for a local non-profit organization that empowers children, Kids Matter.
Linden Oaks at Edward joins the ACHE in congratulating Gina on her 2013 ACHE Early Career Healthcare Executive Award and thank her for her dedication to furthering behavioral healthcare and treatment with compassion, dignity, and excellence.
For more information on Linden Oaks at Edward services or Gina Sharp, contact 630.305.5500.