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Behavioral Health Hospital Operations Leader


Bay Area, CA

Overview:  In support of its strategic commitment to the value of behavioral healthcare as a key element in a fully integrated system of care, Sutter Health is seeking top-notch candidates to compete to become its Administrative Director of Alta Bates Summit Behavioral Health Care Center (ABSBHC).


Serving the San Francisco Bay area and based on the Herrick Campus in Berkley, California, ABSBHC is an integral part of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and is affiliated with Sutter Health - a dynamic, community-focused $13B+ Integrated Health Network of 24 hospitals with 53,000 employees including 14,000 clinicians, outpatient services, research facilities, home health and hospice care services, and business professionals. Under enlightened executive leadership, Sutter Health is exploring new technologies and embracing creative, community-based healthcare programs to make healthcare more accessible, affordable, efficient and convenient for more than 3 million patients. Inspired by Sutter Health’s not-for-profit mission, vision and values, everything they do as part of their integrated network supports transforming care to help people live healthier lives. Sutter Health strives to be an industry innovator by integrating physical and mental health to care for each person’s total health and wellbeing.


Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC) has a rich history - from the founding of its five legacy community hospitals in the early 1900s through their mergers in the 80s and 90s to the affiliation with Sutter Health in 2000.  In 2019, the Kaiser Foundation sponsored a Community Health Needs Assessment for Alameda County. Behavioral Health, including mental health and substance use, was identified as one of the needs about which the service area community expressed the strongest concern. The community emphasized depression and stress, as well as the co-occurrence of mental health and substance use. The psycho-socio-economic challenges of the COVID pandemic have only heightened the need for action to address the behavioral health of the community. As Administrative Director of Alta Bates Summit Behavioral Health Care Center you will provide leadership and administrative direction for the continuous improvement and development of ABSMC’s evolving system of Mental Health and Addiction Care services.


Uniquely, the Behavioral Health Care Center is an integral part of the Medical Center while operating from 2 remote campuses – each of which has both inpatient and outpatient services. The 74-bed Herrick Campus supports the emergency departments of regional Sutter Health hospitals with an exceptionally strong psychiatric emergency assessment and intake process through its patient access center. Clinical services include inpatient services for both high and lower acuity adults, geriatric and med-psych, adolescents from age 12 to young adults, partial hospital, virtual and in-person IOP and a growing array of outpatient programs and services. A specialty eating disorders track overlays the entire continuum. Telehealth has become an increasingly key service, as well. In addition, the Merritt Peralta Institute’s 24-bed facility offers chemical dependency treatment including complex detoxification, substance use disorder inpatient and residential treatment as well as IOP, outpatient and aftercare support. This growing system of care is delivered by an exceptional team of physicians that is supported by first-rate nursing, licensed behavioral health clinicians and a diverse array of counselors and technicians.  


As Administrative Director, you will guide the development and implementation of best practices in the acute care setting including the emergency department and in ambulatory hospital and community-based settings. Reporting to Sutter’s Senior Director of Mental Health Operations, you will work in partnership with ABSMC leadership and Sutter Mental Health & Addiction Care Services to achieve expected results. Sutter hopes to leverage the talents of a strong, hands-on leader to direct current operations and guide their strategic expansion in both hospital and community-based services. Innovation will be paramount.


Our “Ideal” candidates should have:


  • Demonstrated experience in providing operational and strategic leadership in a matrixed organization providing behavioral health services in acute care, ambulatory, and community health settings

  • Proven experience in developing and implementing significant programs to achieve best-in-class services of the highest quality and to improve the strategic position of an organization

  • An outcomes orientation with demonstrated ability to balance clinical and financial performance to deliver desired results

  • Relevant industry experience required with a background in the integration of behavioral health within a community hospital system

  • Strong hands-on inpatient operations experience in a complex health care institution combined with change management and process improvement skills

  • An entrepreneurial spirit that embraces and drives innovation

  • A commitment to diversity and cultural competence that is reflected in patient services and employee engagement

  • Experience in an organized labor environment will be a plus

  • Graduate-level education in a behavioral health, nursing, public health or business or healthcare administration or related field is required. Clinical training and licensure are a plus.


This is a unique career opportunity to contribute to Sutter Health’s future growth and development as the premier integrated care network - fully integrating mental health into all levels of care, system-wide.  Excellent compensation and benefits package.


To apply for this position or request additional information, please contact:

Dr. Stuart I. Meyers, MBA, EdD

President, The Meyers Group

Executive Search Consultants

(301) 625-5600 X 1

Ronald W. Morton, MPA, CBHE

Vice President, The Meyers Group

Executive Search Consultants

(301) 625-5600 X 2

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