Sisters Anna Kypke and Sophie Munde would be proud.

The two German deaconesses came to Cincinnati in 1888 to care for the sick. They started a hospital whose mission included administering to a patient’s spiritual values as much as their physical well being.

Today, Deaconess Hospital specializes in needs of older adults, with services ranging from mental health and surgical weight loss to orthopedics and cardiology. It promises a 20-minute maximum wait at the emergency room on its Clifton campus.

The inpatient Older Adult Mental Health program opened in the 1980s. Deaconess officials say it has served as the model for hospitals, which also are grappling with the needs of our rapidly aging population. The Deaconess mental health program focuses on aging adults who are wrestling with the sometimes overwhelming challenge of staving off depression, anxiety and cognitive decline.

Specially trained health professionals shepherd patients through inpatient and outpatient programs to learn management strategies for oftentimes entangled mental and physical issues.

New Perspectives is a partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient program. Overseen by Dr. Babu Gupta, it assists people suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Group sessions as well as one-on-one interaction with therapists offer hope and support to participants and their families or caregivers.

Another specialty area at Deaconess addresses obesity and related health problems. The hospital has established itself as a full-spectrum bariatric center, with gastric bypass, lap band and sleeve gastrectomy procedures.

“Deaconess Hospital has identified weight-loss surgery as a niche service line,” explains Dr. Dirk Rodriguez, medical director of the bariatric center. “Our center has been certified as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.”

A team approach helps ensure that patients reach and maintains weight-loss goals.

“I am a good motivator and I love to help people succeed,” says Jessica Barth, a registered dietitian at the center.

Deaconess was named a Legacy Hospital by HealthGrades, one of the three main health-care ranking systems in the country. Such performance, earned after receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for five consecutive years, means Deaconess is now one of the 50 top hospitals in America.

— John Michael SpinelliDEACONESS HOSPITAL

Advancing Care for the Aged and Obese