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DHHS Sec. appoints new leader for Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro

Release Date: April 2, 2009
Contact: Renee McCoy, 919-733-9190

GOLDSBORO – DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler today announced the appointment of Philip Cook as director of Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro.

“Philip Cook is an experienced psychiatric hospital administrator with roots in eastern North Carolina,” Cansler said. “We are looking to him to make the necessary changes and implement programs to ensure the quality of care of patients entrusted to our care at Cherry Hospital.”

Cook is currently president of Trinity Leadership Partners, LLC, a behavioral health consulting firm. Prior to that, he was division president of Psychiatric Solutions Inc, which oversaw seven hospitals in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Mississippi. From 1995-2006, he served as chief executive officer for Parkridge Valley Hospital, Chattanooga, Tenn. He was a therapist for Horizon Mental Health Management in New Bern and also in private practice in Morehead City prior to moving to Tennessee.

"It is an honor for me to return to Eastern North Carolina and serve my home state as the director of Cherry Hospital. I am excited about utilizing 20 years of psychiatric hospital administrative experience in the process of working with the fine staff at Cherry to improve behavioral healthcare in our region,” said Cook.

He received his Master’s of Education in Community Counseling from Georgia State University, completed his undergraduate study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a Bachelor of Science Education degree.

Cook’s appointment is the latest in a series of changes in management organization initiated by Cansler since January. On March 24, he appointed J. Luckey Welsh Jr., former president and CEO at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, to head up the office of State Operated Services (SOS), which oversees all 15 state-run MH/DD/SAS facilities. Cecelia Karas, a former mental health consultant, was also brought on board to direct SOS’ Health and Human Services Training and Quality Assurance Initiative under Welsh’s new leadership.




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