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Robin Henderson to Lead AHA's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

Robin Henderson, PsyD., director of behavioral health services and health integration projects, St. Charles Health System in Bend, Ore., is the 2011 chair of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services.

St. Charles Health System is central Oregon's largest mental health provider and offers a wide range of care including acute inpatient services, comprehensive regional outpatient services, an employee assistance program, acute social work services, psychiatric consult and liaison services, and spiritual care.  The psychologists, social workers and other clinical professionals believe that mental health is an important part of total well-being and it is possible to recover from mental illness.  Combined with a peaceful setting, Sage View at St. Charles creates an environment of healing and stability.

As director of the system's behavioral health services and health integration projects, Dr. Henderson manages two psychiatric facilities and several regional outpatient behavioral health clinics - integrating psychologist services in primary care settings, acute social work, the hospital's Employee Assistance Program, a psychiatric consult/liaison service and spiritual care.

Dr. Henderson's leadership led to the building of both of the system's psychiatric units - the first of their kind in the area.  Over the past 18 months, Dr. Henderson has been engaged in the Health Integration Projects, a community-based regional effort to increase participation in patient centered health homes, improve medical care for those with severe and persistent mental illness and assess and focus on children with special health care needs. This demonstration project has lead to the development of the Central Oregon Health Authority, the first regional health authority development in Oregon. As a strong supporter of the region's health integration movement, Dr. Henderson strives to improve quality of care and the patient experience, reduce overall health care costs and improve the health of the community.

Dr. Henderson earned a master's and doctorate degrees at George Fox University, Newberg, Ore. and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Oregon. 

Bruce Schwartz, M.D., deputy chairman and clinical director and professor of clinical psychiatry of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y., is the chair-elect and will assume the role of chair in 2012.  Todd Krass, chief executive officer of Research Belton Hospital, Belton, Mo., is immediate-past chair. 

Elected to three-year terms on the governing council were:  Terrance Bridges, vice president, behavioral health services, Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, Tenn.; Stuart A. Buttlaire, Ph.D. regional director of inpatient psychiatry and continuing care, Northern Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco;  Anthony Dekker, D.O., recent vice president, medical affairs, chief medical officer, St. John Providence Health System Brighton Hospital, Brighton, Mich.; and Sako Maki, president, Adventist Behavioral Health, Rockville., Md.

About St. Charles Health System

St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Oregon, owns and operates the St. Charles medical centers in Bend and Redmond, leases and operates Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville and provides management services for Mountain View Hospital in Madras. SCHS is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 3,000 caregivers in Bend, Redmond and Prineville.

About the Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

The AHA Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services (SPSAS) provides perspective on behavioral health issues. SPSAS represents over 1,400 providers and promotes the development and implementation of policies that support and advocate for the nation's behavioral health care providers.  A governing council composed of 16 individuals from the country's premier psychiatric programs guides the Section.  For more information, visit the AHA Web site at

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at

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