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Saint Thomas Health Names New Vice President, Service Line Development, Behavioral Health

March 27th 2017

Contact: Nick Paranjape, (615) 284-1210, Nick.Paranjape@STH.ORG

Brian Gill, MSW, MBA has been named Vice President Service Line Development, Behavioral Health for Saint Thomas Health, effective April 3, 2017.  This is a new position for Saint Thomas Health.  Gill has worked in healthcare in multiple clinical and executive positions specializing in the behavioral health of youth, adults and older adults during his career. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

Gill recently served as a corporate regional operations director supporting 10 behavioral health programs across the U.S.; he also held executive positions at Sonora Behavioral Health in Tucson, AZ, and Montevista Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.  He led an integrated community mental health center comprised of a three-agency consortium and oversaw daily operations of an urgent psychiatric center serving approximately 1500 adults monthly. Gill obtained a Master of Social Work from Walla Walla University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

“Brian brings a unique perspective and history of service to behavioral health patients,” said Dr. Greg James, Chief Clinical Officer, Saint Thomas Health.  “He understands that behavioral health isn’t just about moving patients out of the Emergency Department to a more appropriate level of care, but it’s how we integrate behavioral health into caring for patients with chronic conditions.  We believe establishing this new position and bringing Brian Gill in will go a long way to expand our care in this area.”

In addition, Gill has received extensive training on solution-focused therapy as a clinical and management model, and has experience working with Lean Management and high reliability models and principles.  Gill was an adjunct faculty member at Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona. 


In Tennessee, Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates.  Across the state, Saint Thomas Health provided more than $78 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable.  Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.   Visit www.sthealth.com

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