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    A volunteer-based organization, High Hopes Auxiliary, is helping the Lindner Center of HOPE raise funds in unique and creative ways. See how you and friends can support this important cause, enjoy a fun night out, and maybe even score a designer handbag in the process!

    A group of volunteers for the High Hopes Auxiliary

    Imagine a world without a stigma attached to mental health issues, and where people who are dealing with them have a place to go to seek treatment and find hope in the future. That’s what The Lindner Center of HOPE aims to achieve, with assistance from its fundraising organization High Hopes Auxiliary.

    Founded in 2008, High Hopes Auxiliary was established for be a voice that raises funds, awareness and provides support for The Lindner Center of HOPE, a local nonprofit, mental health center based in Mason. The Lindner Center offers the diagnosis and treatment of several mental health issues including mood disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, addictive disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. The center also provides residential services, hospitalization, office-based and outpatient services and research to children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

    A Tory Burch bag is one of the items available in the online auction supporting High Hopes Auxiliary and The Lindner Center of HOPE.
    A Tory Burch bag is one of the items available in the online auction supporting High Hopes Auxiliary and The Lindner Center of HOPE.

    The Lindner Center of HOPE is dedicated to working together to offer the best hope for people who are living with a mental illness. “The patient and family are the center of our treatment, education and research,” according to the center’s website.

    High Hopes Auxiliary President Ruthie Keefe says there are approximately 175 members of this volunteer-run organization that was started by Nancy Nyhart. “The inspiration for High Hopes Auxiliary was to provide financial support to various programs and needs at the Lindner Center of HOPE,” says Keefe.

    Currently, High Hopes Auxiliary is dedicating its efforts to raising funds for bipolar research. All of the funds the organization raises goes to the Lindner Center of HOPE, which is done through various events.

    For one, Keefe says High Hopes Auxiliary partnered with Second Story Auction for a unique fundraising opportunity. Second Story Auctions is an online auction company that helps individuals and organizations sell furniture, art, jewelry, collectibles and more.

    From March 15 through March 22, High Hopes Auxiliary is hosting an online auction through Second Story Auction to benefit the Lindner Center of HOPE. Anyone can donate to the auction and drop-off items — such as fine jewelry, antiques, designer purses (new or gently used), sterling silver, quilts, leather or wooden furniture or crystal — to Second Story Auction at 11277 Williamson Road in Cincinnati on February 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and February 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register to bid on items in the online auction, click here. Those who win items in the online bidding can pick up their item on Friday, March 25.

    A graphic of how you can donate items to the High Hopes Auxiliary online auction through Second Story Auctions.
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    Sneak peeks of items that have been donated — such as designer handbags, original artwork, China and jewelry — are being posted frequently leading up to the online auction on the High Hopes Auxiliary Facebook page.

    Another event Keefe is looking forward to is the High Hopes Luncheon, which has historically been the biggest fundraising event for the Lindner Center of HOPE. “Last year, we raised over $100,000,” she says. “That event has been moved to the event and will take place on Thursday, April 14 at the Manor House.”

    Also coming up is A Night of High Hopes at Manor House in Mason, presented by CHEMED Foundation and TQL Foundation, which will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, meet and greet with Mark A. Frye, MD, from Mayo Clinic (VIP sponsors) and a dinner and program featuring American journalist Pete Earley.

    You can learn more about High Hopes Auxiliary by clicking here or by following along on Facebook.

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    February is American Heart Month, and here at Cincy Chic we’re taking the topic to heart. Keep reading as we learn about the innovative ways one local healthcare provider is promoting and improving heart health across the region, especially for women.

    Red-MHeart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, and that’s why cardiovascular care is now at the heart of some big initiatives at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

    With six main campuses, 1,200 licensed patient beds, and more than 100 primary care and specialty office locations in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio — they’re trying to make it easier than ever to get you the care you need. “[We have] vast resources to serve the Greater Cincinnati area,” says Theresa Taylor, manager of marketing and communications, “including a physician organization [with] more than 400 providers, a medical staff of more than 1,200 physicians with admitting privileges, almost 7,300 associates, more than 1,200 volunteers and three freestanding imaging centers.”

    St. Elizabeth Healthcare has come a long way since the Sisters of the Poor founded it more than 150 years ago; Taylor says technology has a lot to do with that. “Technology has come a long way in recent years and allows us to be more in touch with our healthcare records and results in a way that hasn’t always been possible,” she explains.

    For example, Taylor says, St. Elizabeth Healthcare was the first healthcare system in Greater Cincinnati to have a mobile app available for iPhone, iPad and Android phones. The app features contact information for and driving directions to any St. Elizabeth Healthcare hospital or physician facility. It also offers Health and Wellness Tools, such as a food diary and RunTracker to give you what you need to stay healthy right at your fingertips.

    insightly new year chic publicationState-of-the-art technology at St. Elizabeth Healthcare is allowing the network to help people get and stay healthy thanks to a “secure, internal electronic medical records system that not only gives providers access to their patients’ medical records at any St. Elizabeth Healthcare or St. Elizabeth Physicians facility, but also gives you, the patient, faster, more convenient access to your personal medical records, test results and healthcare providers through a web portal called ‘My Chart,’” explains Taylor.

    This spring, the hospital network will be opening the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute, which Taylor says will be a game-changer for the region’s cardiovascular health. Through the institute, St. Elizabeth Healthcare has pledged to reduce heart-related deaths in Northern Kentucky by 25 percent in 10 years. “That’s why we’re already hard at work across this region promoting the habits and lifestyles that promote premium heart health,” says Taylor.

    Last fall, St. Elizabeth started its journey toward making cardiovascular disease prevention a priority when it launched two new health education programs. One of the programs was created for third-graders, the other for adults. “We figure by putting the best prevention information out in the community now and making it fun and interesting to learn, pretty soon it will be second nature for people locally to live more healthfully for their hearts,” adds Taylor.

    Recently, St. Elizabeth began a major health education program that was piloted in the Kenton County School District called “My Heart Rocks.”

    There is also a program available through St. Elizabeth Healthcare that cater to those who are older and missed out on the chance to learn about cardiovascular health called Take Time for Your Heart. It’s an hour-long, weekly class at St. Elizabeth’s Edgewood campus that are build around a Mayo Clinic manual on beating heart disease.

    Because heart disease is the leading killer of women, Taylor says the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute created a program called Women Take Heart. “The program is free and makes learning about heart health easy and fun,” she adds. The program provides several benefits including monthly email newsletters with heart health tips just for women as well as information about upcoming heart health programs and screenings, news updates on women’s and cardiac health topics from Smart Health Today and priority registration for the popular “Women Take Heart” health conference and the “Women Take Heart” cardiovascular screenings at Dillard’s.

    In addition, Taylor says, St. Elizabeth Healthcare is the first and only healthcare system in Kentucky, Ohio or Indiana to pass the Mayo Clinic’s rigorous review process to become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. This collaboration allows physicians from St. Elizabeth Healthcare to consult with Mayo Clinic physicians and provide their patients with event better care.

    St. Elizabeth is also heading into its third year of membership with the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Taylor says the relationship is paying off in improved health for residents across the area. “And the great news is that this is just the beginning,” she adds. “In fact, initiatives that have just gotten under way with Mayo Clinic promise to bring patients still more benefits in the years ahead.”

    For example, two students that were started in late 2014 may help save people from the potentially fatal effects of a heart attack while another study puts its focus on individualized medicine.

    To learn more about St. Elizabeth Healthcare, click here.