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Todd Krass to Lead AHA's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

Todd Krass, CEO of Research Belton Hospital in Belton, Mo.,  is the 2010 chair of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services, a constituency section representing 1,300 behavioral health providers across the country that provides guidance in AHA's policy development and governance.

During his one-year term as chair, Krass and a 16-person governing council will work with the AHA to identify ways to define and focus AHA policy, advocacy, public policy issues and member service strategies regarding health care systems.

Krass has served as CEO of Research Belton Hospital, a 71-bed community hospital, since 2005.  Previously, he served as CEO of Research Psychiatric Hospital - a 100-bed freestanding psychiatric hospital - for 11 years.  For the past seven years, he also has been responsible for the administration of behavioral health services for HCA's Midwest Division, an 11-facility system of hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services to meet the health care needs of the greater Kansas City area. 

Krass implemented standardized assessment and documentation tools across the system, developed a regional behavioral health access call center, assisted in the development of psychiatric consult-liaison services in medical settings and expanded services by operating two additional community based outpatient offices.  Previously, he served as the Research Psychiatric Center's director of patient care services.  In all, Mr. Krass has 25 years of clinical, managerial, and administrative experience in psychiatric treatment settings.

His involvement in the Missouri Hospital Association Psychiatric Units and Hospitals Constituency Group, the Kansas City Metropolitan Hospital Council and the Kansas City Area Psychiatric Taskforce has allowed him to help these groups collaborate to the benefit of all psychiatric hospitals in the area. Additionally, Krass has been active in creating collaborative relationships between public and private behavioral health providers in the Kansas City area.  These collaborations have helped regional efforts to address the shortage of public beds by utilizing public funds to purchase private inpatient behavioral health beds, promote coordination between Missouri and Kansas to address the shortage of public beds in the Kansas City area and develop a system that tracks psychiatric bed availability in the region for emergency response units.

Krass received his bachelor's degree in nursing from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., and his master's degree in nursing from Corpus Christi State University in Texas.

Robin Henderson, PsyD., director of behavioral health services at Cascade Healthcare Community in Bend, Ore., is the chair-elect and will assume the role of chair in 2011.  Cascade Healthcare Community, Inc. (CHC), is central Oregon's sole health delivery system with hospitals in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras.  Dr. Henderson manages the system's behavioral health services which include acute inpatient services, comprehensive regional outpatient services, an employee assistant program, acute social work services, psychiatric consult and liaison services, and Spiritual Care.  Additionally, she is a strong supporter of the region's health integration movement.

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 in Chicago is the immediate past chairman. Chandler Ralph, president and CEO, Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake, N.Y., will continue in 2010 as liaison from the AHA Board of Trustees to the governing council.

New appointees elected to serve on the council for terms beginning January 1, 2010 are:

  • Debra Anderson, LCSW, LPCC, CADC, behavioral health coordinator, Baptist Regional Medical Center, Corbin, Ky.;
  • James W. Eyler, FACHE , chief executive officer, Coliseum Psychiatric Center, Macon, Ga.;
  • Mary Pawlikowski, vice president and COO, Carrier Clinic, Board Chair, East Mountain Hospital, Belle Mead, N.J.;
  • Arlene Stein, Ph.D., chair, Memorial Health System Board of Trustees, Colorado Springs, Colo.;
  • Paul Summergrad, M.D., Dr. Frances S. Arkin professor and chairman, department of psychiatry and professor of medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, and psychiatrist-in-chief, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Mass.;
  • Steven M. Vincent, Ph.D., director of behavioral health, St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Services, St. Cloud, Minn.;
  • Wayne Young, LPC, behavioral health service line administrator, JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, Texas.; and,  
  • Michael Zieman, FACHE, division manager and director, behavioral health services, Memorial Hospital, and administrator, Memorial Behavioral Health, Gulfport, Miss.

The new governing council members join the following current members:

  • Craig S. Juengling, chief executive officer, Greenbrier Hospital and corporate director of inpatient services, Medical Management Options, Inc., Baton Rouge, La.;
  • William Montague, medical center director and CEO, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio;
  • Bruce Schwartz, M.D., executive vice chairman, clinical affairs, and clinical director, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.;
  • Diane Stewart, , vice chair, Sutter Health Pacific Board of Trustees for Kahi Mohala, Folsom, Calif.; and,
  • Debora Tanner, vice president and administrator, Riverside Behavioral Health Center, Hampton, Va.

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