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Sul Ross "S.R." Thorward to Chair AHA's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

Sul Ross “S.R.” Thorward, M.D., staff psychiatrist at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus, Ohio, is the 2006 chair of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services.

Thorward currently serves on the clinical faculties of the departments of psychiatry at The Ohio State University (OSU) as well as Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif.  He also serves as a trustee of OSU Harding Hospital, the university’s psychiatric hospital, president of the Mental Health Association of Franklin County and is on the board of directors for the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill of Franklin County.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and serves as an Ohio representative to the APA.

Thorward has served for many years on the AHA’s governing council of the Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services and as a delegate to AHA’s Regional Policy Board for Region 5.  He is a member of numerous medical and psychiatric professional organizations.

Thorward earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and his medical degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He completed training and served as Chief Resident in psychiatry at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. 

Also joining the Section is Richard Palmisano II, president and chief executive officer of the Brattleboro Retreat in Brattleboro, Vt.  He was named chair-elect of the section and will assume the role of chair in 2007.  Brian L. Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., senior vice president of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers (SVCMC) and executive director of SVCMC’s Behavioral Health Services in New York is the immediate past chair.

Also elected to three-year terms on the governing council were: Joan M. Herbert, administrator, Medical University of South Carolina’s Institute of Psychiatry, Charleston, S.C.; and Todd Krass, chief executive officer, Research Psychiatric Center, Kansas City, Miss.  Diane G. Stewart, chief administrative officer, Sutter Mental Health and Continuing Care Services, Sacramento, Calif. and president and chief executive officer, Sutter Health Pacific, Oahu, Hawaii was elected to a two-year term.

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