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SWG Physician Honored For His Work in the Fields of Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Services

Caroline Fienga
Public Relations Specialist
440-816-6723 (office)
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Southwest General Physician Honored For His Work in the Fields of Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Services

Middleburg Hts., OH (Wednesday, June 7, 2017) – Southwest General would like to honor Charles Luther, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist on the Medical Staff at Southwest General, and medical director, Oakview Behavioral Health Services, as the 2017 recipient of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County Mental Health Professional of the Year.

Dr. Luther was recognized for his work in ensuring that individuals living with mental illness and chemical dependency are treated with dignity and respect, advocating for clients to receive the best possible treatment, and providing expertise on Assisted Outpatient Treatment as the ADAMHS board expands its program through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant.

“This award represents the compassionate, quality work of the recipient and honors the recipient’s extraordinary contributions in helping children and adults with mental illness and addictions on their path to recovery,” saidWilliam M. Denihan, chief executive officer, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County. “Dr. Luther has played a significant role in helping to remove the stigma that is all too often still associated with mental illness and chemical dependency.”

Dr. Luther joined the Medical Staff at Southwest General in the fall of 2015. After receiving his degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Dr. Luther practiced from more than 14 years in New York City—most recently at Lenox Hill Hospital.

“The growing number of individuals requiring care for opioid addiction and mental health issues is staggering,” explains William A. Young, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Southwest General. “We are honored to have Dr. Luther on our Medical Staff, and through his expertise be able to provide our patients and community members with outstanding care in treating alcohol and drug addiction and mental health issues.”

Dr. Luther was recognized at the ADAMHS Board annual meeting brunch and awards presentation in May at Landerhaven.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Caroline Fienga, interactive media and public relations specialist, at 440-816-6723 or

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 350-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. For more information, visit