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Trivedi named CEO of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

Feb. 5, 2016, 8:17 AM

Harsh Trivedi, M.D., MBA, associate professor of Psychiatry, vice chair for Clinical Affairs for Vanderbilt’s Department of Psychiatry, and executive director and chief medical officer of Vanderbilt Behavioral Health, has been named CEO of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. He will remain administrative director for Vanderbilt Behavioral Health.

Harsh Trivedi, M.D., MBA

Trivedi, who will report in the new role to C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System, is tasked with planning and implementing integrated behavioral health services for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) for both pediatric and adult patients.

“I want to welcome Dr. Trivedi into this new role on our leadership team. His knowledge of our health system’s operations and our plans for strategic growth, along with his established relationships with clinical and administrative leaders throughout VUMC, make him an outstanding selection to accomplish the goals we have established for the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and our Behavioral Health programs,” said Pinson.

“What’s new about this is that we’re strategically looking at how we need to imbed behavioral health services here on campus and in the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN),” said Stephan Heckers, M.D., William P. and Henry B. Test Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry. “This new position will greatly improve those efforts.”

Vanderbilt Behavioral Health includes the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, Vanderbilt Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics, behavioral health services across the VUMC campus and school-based mental health programs in the community administered by Vanderbilt.

“Harsh is one of the few people with the expertise to do this job — blending both his content knowledge about behavioral health as a psychiatrist and his MBA training as an administrator. That’s quite rare in the field of psychiatry,” Heckers said.

Trivedi, who came to Vanderbilt six years ago from Brown University, said he is “deeply honored” to assume the new role.  He will work closely with the chief medical officer who replaces him and chief nursing officer of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. Both positions are currently being filled. He will work with Marilyn Dubree, MSN, R.N., Executive Chief Nursing Officer, to oversee the recruitment of the CNO.

“Our ability to seamlessly integrate behavioral health services across the continuum of care will optimize clinical outcomes for our patients and enhance the health of our community.  It will also allow us to redefine the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered behavioral health services nationally,” Trivedi said.


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