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‘Success looks like hope’ for new Ballad Behavioral Services CEO

Hank Hayes • Aug 1, 2019 at 6:00 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Ballad Health’s new Behavioral Health Services Division has an $85 million, 10-year plan to get its job done as part of the Certificate of Public Advantage with the state of Tennessee and Cooperative Agreement with Virginia.

Trish Baise, a registered nurse with broad experience in hospital leadership and quality improvement, is the division’s CEO. She answered these questions about the new division:

Q. What are your expectations for the division?

A. “As we continue to work to do what we need to do for the region in partnership with our communities, I go back to the vision for Ballad Behavioral Health, and that vision is to promote a culture and create a legacy of health and well-being by fostering community partnerships to access health with compassion. Certainly we have a tremendous need in the region from a mental health and addiction services standpoint. We have an opportunity to change the trajectory of the region.”

Q. Where will the division be based?

A. “Ballad Health will have 186 licensed inpatient beds across Tennessee and Virginia. We also have outpatient services. Ballad Health is stretched across the region to the point we can treat individuals in their own communities.”

Q. What will success look like?

A. “For me, success looks like hope. Right now, we’re dealing with a region with a vulnerable population suffering from behavioral health issues that don’t necessarily have hope. Part of it is the stigma and fear of asking for help and limited access to help at times. We have to start to treat the whole person. We’re excited for the focus on behavioral health and recognizing we can make a significant impact.”

Baise has served in various nursing leadership roles within the health system since 2009, including chief nursing officer and later CEO of Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Woodridge. She earned her doctor of nursing practice degree with an emphasis in health system leadership from Vanderbilt University as well as a master’s in nursing from Vanderbilt. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified nurse executive through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She also serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Nurses Association.

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