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Shepherd Hill History
Shepherd Hill first opened in 1985 and absorbed the Licking Memorial Hospital MARU Program (Memorial Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit).

Dr. William Kennedy, a certified addictionologist and cofounder of MARU, had a vision of a self-contained, free-standing chemical dependency treatment center. By 1983, the vision was already taking form with the establishment of a Board and the beginning of fund-raising efforts.

Shepherd Hill became a part of Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) on January 1, 1992. Many positive changes have occurred during Shepherd Hill’s association with LMHS.

In order to maintain state-of-the-art treatment programming in the 1990s, some alterations have been made to Shepherd Hill’s treatment programming vision: Treatment is now delivered by a level of care basis. The America Society of Addiction Medicine criteria for levels and intensity of care have been adopted and adapted. This means all patients now are evaluated upon admission for the appropriate level of treatment needed initially and are reassessed weekly to determine the most appropriate level of care. New programs have been designed to meet the patient needs. These levels include Detox-Level IV, Rehab-Level III, Outpatient-Level II and Aftercare-Level 1. Outpatient programs include day treatment, traditional intensive outpatient and the residential extended treatment experience.

Shepherd Hill’s goals for the future remain constant with Dr. Kennedy’s vision: to provide quality treatment for the disease of chemical dependency to the residents of Licking County and beyond. Shepherd Hill recognizes that the disease of chemical dependency knows no barriers of geography, occupation or status. Shepherd Hill continues to strive for new ways to reach the suffering alcoholic/addict to provide treatment and hope.