RWJBarnabas Hires SVP of Behavioral Health, Addiction Treatment

West Orange, New Jersey-based RWJBarnabas Health, which operates a number of independent health care providers throughout the state, has named Frank Ghinassi as senior vice president of its behavioral health and addictions service line.  Ghinassi comes to the position from Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), where he has been president and CEO since 2016. […]

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UnityPlace Behavioral Health Services Gets New President

Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health, which provides medical and behavioral health services in various locations throughout the Hawkeye State, Illinois and Wisconsin, has appointed Ted Bender to lead UnityPlace Behavioral Health Services. Bender took over as president of the Peoria, Illinois-based nonprofit organization effective January 2. Offering inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services as well […]

MindPath Care Centers Adds New Board Member

MindPath Care Centers — North Carolina’s largest outpatient behavioral health provider — has appointed a new member to its board of directors.  Dave Nelson, chief development officer at the Advanced Urology Institute of Georgia, was appointed to the board earlier this month. MindPath Care Centers provides various types of therapy, counseling and addiction recovery services […]

UHS Ramps Up Behavioral Health JV Activity But Struggles with Workforce Shortages

Despite being one of the largest behavioral health providers in the country, Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) isn’t immune to industry pain points such as workforce shortages and regulatory pressures. But even with those struggles, UHS continues to grow its behavioral health footprint and market hold. The King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based company has done that […]

NAATP Adds New Member to Board of Directors

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), a trade organization representing providers of addiction services, has named Robin Piper to its board of directors. Piper is the clinical director and CEO of Turning Point of Tampa, which provides 12-step outpatient and residential assistance to individuals being treated for substance use disorders and eating disorders, […]

NABH’s New CEO Tackles Lofty Goals in Year, Decade Ahead

The National Association for Behavioral Healthcare (NABH) is kicking off the new decade with a new leader. Shawn Coughlin took over as president and CEO of the trade association Jan. 1, following the retirement of the organization’s long-time leader Mark Covall, who headed up NABH for the past 24 years. With Coughlin at the helm, […]

Medical Hospital Creates, Fills New Behavioral Health Director Position

Cleveland’s St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the city’s sole downtown hospital, has created a new position — chief clinical officer of behavioral health and addiction medicine — and hired Michael Biscaro to fill the role. Biscaro, who officially started Monday, comes from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, where he […]

Tech Startup PursueCare Rolls Out Remote Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs

Middletown, Connecticut-based PursueCare has rolled out a new remote, integrated medication-assisted treatment (MAT) model for patients in Kentucky and West Virginia. PursueCare is a tech-enabled health services startup that aims to help curb the opioid epidemic. The company was founded in 2019, with investment from WRD Capital and Starboard Capital Partners, among others. For patients […]

Digital Startups Lead 2019 List of Top Behavioral Health Fundraisers

As stigma dissipates and need grows, more people than ever before are seeking behavioral health services. To keep up with the demand, entrepreneurs are getting creative, launching innovative companies and bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in funding.  One reason for that is the growing prevalence of behavioral health conditions, from depression to substance […]