SC Department of Mental Health News Release

News Release
For Immediate Release

August 8, 2001

Contact: John Hutto, Director of Communications
803-898-8584
E-mail: JHH35@CO.DMH.STATE.SC.US

SCDMH Names Director of Hospital System

COLUMBIA, S.C.- Today State Mental Health Director George P. Gintoli, with the approval of the Mental Health Commission, announced that W. Russell Hughes, Ph.D., has been named as chief executive officer to oversee the consolidation of Columbia's psychiatric hospital system, effective August 17, 2001.

Dr. Hughes has been with the Department of Mental Health since 1979, serving in various roles in both the community mental health system and the hospital system. Since April 1999, he has been director of the Department's G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital in Columbia.

It is this wide range of experience that led State Director George P. Gintoli and the Mental Health Commission to select Hughes. "Dr. Hughes' work in our community and inpatient settings provides the background needed to lead the consolidation of our Columbia hospitals," said Mr. Gintoli. "Having worked in a mental health center and a psychiatric hospital uniquely equips him to understand the importance of delivering an efficient, seamless system of care to the people we serve."

Plans call for the consolidation of administrative functions at G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital; Earle E. Morris, Jr., Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center (Morris Village); William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute; and the South Carolina State Hospital.

Hughes earned his Ph. D. and his MA in psychology from the University of Alabama; his MBA from the University of South Carolina; and his BA from Wofford College.

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