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Director of Psychiatric Services


Burlingame, CA

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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 Director of Psychiatric Services within Mills Peninsula Medical Center.


Serving San Mateo County and based in Burlingame, California, Mills Peninsula is the premier Bay area acute care hospital and is affiliated with Sutter Health - a dynamic, growing $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.


Mills Peninsula Medical Center (MPMC) has a rich history - from its founding in response to the Great Earthquake of 1906 to  the opening of a new 241-bed in 2011 to meet the needs of its growing community.  In 2019, MPMC’s Community Health Needs Assessment identified Mental Health and Well Being as the community’s  #1 concern.


The Role: As Director of  Psychiatric Services you will provide leadership and administrative direction for the continuous improvement and development of MPMC’s evolving system of Mental Health services. You will be responsible for a growing system within the acute care hospital that includes 36 adult & adolescent beds, 21 psych beds that are being re-licensed as CDH beds, a robust PHP/IOP with ADC of 70 and a rapidly growing telehealth service. 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 MPMC leadership and Sutter Mental Health Services to achieve expected results. Their community has a keen interest and support for behavioral health and is known for its philanthropy.  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 Candidate:  Our “Ideal” candidates should have:


  • Demonstrated experience in providing operational and strategic leadership in a matrixed organization providing mental 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

  • Graduate-level education in a behavioral health, nursing, public health or business or healthcare administration or a 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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