100 Hospital Drive, Pender, NE 68047 | Main: (402) 385-3083 | Nurses Station: (402) 385-4066

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Behavioral Health

Working On Wellness
         
Carla Smith, LCSW


Working on Wellness W.O.W. Senior Behavioral Health Program

Our team is made up of our Medical Director, Kavir Saxena, M.D., board certified psychiatrist, Siriam Ramaswamy, M.D., Carla Smith, LCSW, and Sonya King, Behavioral Health Tech.


  • A flexible alternative to hospitalization, the Structured Outpatient Program (SOP) focuses on enhancing the patient's coping skills and treating behaviors such as; anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, mild cognitive impairment and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as people struggling with grief/loss and major life transitions such as retirement, moving from home to an assisted living or nursing home or loss of independence and significant medical issues.

  • Most of the therapy sessions will take place in a group format, however, individual therapy can be provided if it's clinically necessary. The groups will be facilitated by a trained and licensed social worker, under the supervision of a board certified psychiatrist. The Psychiatrist will also provide clinical leadership as well as medication management and/or consultation with the patient's primary care physician while in the program.

  • Patients in the program have reported a sense of relief of problematic symptoms and support with the services received from the W.O.W program.

  • If you or someone you know are struggling with troubling thoughts or feelings please do not hesitate to give us a call at 402-385-1898 or 402-385-1897. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and provide an evaluation to determine if this program is for you or your loved one.

  • Counseling services are provided by Jill Belt. More information can be found on the Outpatient Therapy Services page.