SC Department of Mental Health News Release


August 3, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Hutto, Public Affairs
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Mental Health Names New Medical Director

Columbia, SC: Today, at its monthly meeting, the South Carolina Mental Health Commission approved the hiring of Brenda M. Ratliff, M.D., as the agency’s new medical director, effective September 2, 2004.  She will replace Ronald Prier, M.D., who had been serving as the interim medical director.

In her new role, Dr. Ratliff will oversee the clinical programs of the agency’s seventeen community mental health centers as well as the agency’s psychiatric hospitals and nursing hospitals.

Prior to this new appointment, Dr. Ratliff served as chief of Psychiatric Services at SCDMH’s Beckman Center for Mental Health Services, Greenwood, SC, a position she held since coming to the agency in 1993. Prior to that, she served as the medical director at the Aiken Regional Medical Center and worked in private practice with Carolina Psychiatric Associates.

Said State Mental Health Director George P. Gintoli, "The Department of Mental Health and the citizens we are privileged to serve are fortunate to have Dr. Ratliff as our new medical director. She has exceptional clinical experience, particularly in community mental health services. She has the reputation of being a compassionate care giver as well as a capable manager, and we are pleased to have her on the team."

Dr. Ratliff received her medical degree from the University of  South Carolina School of Medicine and completed her residency in psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia. She also completed a fellowship in alcohol and drug treatment at the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addictive Medicine, the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, and the National Board of Medical Examiners. 

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