SC Department of Mental Health News Release

News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Hutto, Office of Communications

Mental Health Commission Names New State Director

October 11, 2000: Columbia, SC. The South Carolina Mental Health Commission today voted to offer the position of state director of the Department of Mental Health to George P. Gintoli. Since 1987, Mr. Gintoli has served as chief executive officer of Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare System, a network of both inpatient and outpatient sites operated by the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

Mental Health Commission Chair, Douglas F. Gay, J.D., said, " Mr. Gintoli will bring to the Department of Mental Health extensive experience in healthcare administration and treatment services. Throughout his career, Mr. Gintoli has demonstrated an ability to operate mental health inpatient facilities without losing sight of the importance of returning consumers to their communities.  The Mental Health Commission is very pleased to be able to offer him this leadership position."

According to Michael Hogan, Ph.D., director, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Mr. Gintoli's leadership abilities earned him respect across Ohio. "We have appreciated the leadership George has shown," said Hogan. " He has built a high quality medical staff that has produced exemplary care for our consumers, and his organizations have always been managed well and committed to cultural competency, recognizing that diverse cultures must be treated correctly and respectfully," said Hogan.

Mr. Gintoli graduated from Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology.  He earned his master's degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut.  In addition, he earned a certificate in Executive Leadership in Mental Health Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1989 and attended the Mental Health Executive Leadership Program at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in 1996.

Mr. Gintoli's healthcare career has spanned more than 25 years and includes the following positions:

1977-1982: director of forensic and residential programs, Western Reserve Psychiatric Center in Northfield, Ohio. This facility provided services to 800 mentally ill and/or mentally retarded patients. At Western Reserve, Mr. Gintoli also designed and developed two forensic hospitals.

1982-1984: superintendent, Oakwood Forensic Center, Lima, Ohio.  Oakwood is Ohio's maximum security forensic facility and offers a full range of treatment services to forensic patients.  At Oakwood, Mr. Gintoli's responsibilities also included designing programs for forensic hospitals in the state's Department of Mental Health.

1984-1986: chief executive officer, Toledo Mental Health Center, Toledo, Ohio, a 500-bed hospital serving individuals with severe mental disabilities.  As chief executive officer, he was also responsible for a broad range of services for forensics, chemical dependency, vocational, and neurological programs.

1986-1987: assistant deputy director, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Columbus, Ohio. In this capacity, Mr. Gintoli was responsible for the coordination and planning of community support systems in twenty counties in the northwestern part of the state.  He also provided oversight to two state hospitals and developed services for mental health consumers in Ohio's prisons.

1987-Present: chief executive officer, Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare System.  The hospital is accredited with commendation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and is certified as a provider by the Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA).

Mr. Gintoli replaces James H. Scully, Jr., M.D., who has been serving as interim state director after the resignation in April 2000 of Stephen Soltys, M.D., former state director.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health has been serving the mental health needs of South Carolinians since 1821. Its 6,000 employees and 9,500 volunteers offer services from 17 community mental health centers and seven inpatient facilities statewide.

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