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Anil Godbole to Lead AHA's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

Anil Godbole, M.D., chair of the psychiatry department at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and clinical associate professor at University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago, is the 2009 chair of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services.

Illinois Masonic is a 551-bed hospital located in northwest Chicago.  It is a comprehensive inpatient hospital, including medical, surgical, obstetrics and pediatric inpatient care, as well as outpatient services. The hospital's Behavioral Health Services Department provides a comprehensive array of high quality, confidential outpatient and inpatient psychological services for children, adolescents and adults, as well as inpatient services for adults.

Prior to his position with Advocate, Godbole chaired the department of psychiatry at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center.  He previously served as President Bush's appointee to the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, and he chaired its Subcommittee on Evidence-based Practices and co-chaired its Subcommittee on Older Adults.  Godbole also served as a trustee at the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems for five years, including two years as its president.  During his term, Godbole led initiatives that fostered collaboration with other organizations on developing a core set of performance measures.  He has served in numerous positions with the AHA, including as a Liaison Member to the Region 5 Policy Board and as a member of the AHA Task Force on Behavioral Health.

A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Society, Godbole's career spans more than 35 years.  He has authored several articles and presented at various national meetings.  Godbole received his medical degree in India at MGM Medical College and completed his residency in psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. 

Todd Krass, CEO of Research Belton Hospital in Belton, Mo., was named chair-elect and will assume the role of chair in 2010.  Ted Hirsch, chief operating officer for Northwest Healthcare and CEO administrator for Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Mont., is the immediate past chair. 

Elected to three-year terms on the governing council were: Craig Juengling, CEO for Acadia Vermillion Hospital in Lafayette, La.; and Glenda Trice Sublett, vice president, behavioral services at Covenant Health in Louisville, Tenn.

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