Movers & Shakers: Caron Treatment Centers CEO to Retire; Medical Director Shake-Ups

Maine’s largest mental health provider gets new president

Maine’s largest mental health provider has selected a new president.

Kelly Barton will officially step into the role at Maine Behavioral Healthcare in early October.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit that serves more than 20,000 patients across 30 locations in the state. It’s part of the MaineHealth health system and provides the continuum of mental health care services, with everything from outpatient community services to inpatient acute care.


Barton comes to the role after serving as vice president of integrated primary care at Community Health Network in Indianapolis. She’s replacing Steve Merz, who left the Maine Behavioral Healthcare last year to become a consultant

Seabrook hires new medical director

Seabrook — a New Jersey-based substance use disorder (SUD) treatment center — has hired a new medical director.

David Russo, a former surgeon who joined the company as a staff physician last year, was promoted earlier this month. Russo completed his fellowship in addiction medicine in 2019 after retiring following 27 years as a surgeon.


Seabrook is a non-profit SUD provider with locations across four different New Jersey cities. It offers withdrawal management, inpatient care and outpatient services, in addition to extended care.

Unity Psychiatric Care taps new medical director

Hunstivlle, Alabama-based Unity Psychiatric Care also has a new medical director.

Donald Klasing brings more than 20 years of experience to the role. He will oversee the hospital’s treatment of adults with mental health challenges and dementia patients with behavioral complications. He will also be providing care himself.

Unity Psychiatric Care has a 20-bed hospital for patients over 55, as well as outpatient services for all adults. It is a division of Franklin, Tennessee-based American Health Partners.

Caron Treatment Centers CEO to retire

The longtime CEO of Caron Treatment Centers is retiring, the non-profit addiction treatment organization announced earlier this month.

Doug Tieman, who has led the company for more than 25 years, will step down June 30, 2021.

The organization was founded back in 1957 by Richard J. Caron and his wife, Catherine. Today, Wernersville, Pennsylvania-based Caron offers the continuum of care to patients of all ages, with locations in Pennsylvania, Florida, Washington, D.C., Georgia and New York.

There’s still no word on who will replace Tieman, but the search is on for his successor. Caron contracted with a Philadelphia firm to launch a national search for his replacement, according to a press release announcing the news.

Ashley Addiction Treatment hires new VP of clinical services

Ashley Addiction Treatment has hired a new vice president of clinical services.

James Ryan steps into the role after serving as the provider’s director of emerging adult services. He has been with the company since 2016.

Havre de Grace, Maryland-based Ashley is not-for-profit provider of SUD treatment. It has an inpatient facility and two outpatient locations in the state. It offers the full continuum of care.

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