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William “Bo” Turner, Ph.D, FACHE Named Assistant Commissioner of Hospital Services

Monday, May 08, 2017 | 10:32am

Turner brings years of valuable experience in hospital administration

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) has appointed William “Bo” Turner, Ph.D, FACHE to serve as Assistant Commissioner of Hospital Services.

“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Bo Turner as our Assistant Commissioner of Hospital Services,” said TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams. “He will be dedicated to improving administrative operations in our four regional mental health institutes while at the same time ensuring that our facilities provide the highest quality care for those we serve.”

Turner is a dedicated behavioral health professional with 30+ years of executive leadership experience including his most recent role as Vice President for Behavioral Health at Unity Physicians Partners.

Bo Turner culminated his education by earning his Ph.D. with a concentration in Health Services from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 1995. He is also Board Certified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“I am honored at the opportunity to serve as Assistant Commissioner of Hospital Services and lead its dedicated staff as we serve the most vulnerable of Tennessee’s citizens,” said Turner. “The state-operated psychiatric facilities in Tennessee have set the gold standard for quality inpatient care and I look forward to continuing to build upon that tradition.”

TDMHSAS operates four Regional Mental Health Institutes: Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga, Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute in Nashville, Western Mental Health Institute in Bolivar, and Memphis Mental Health Institute in Memphis. In addition to the more than 9,000 annual inpatient admissions to these facilities, TDMHSAS contracts with three private psychiatric hospitals to provide inpatient care for those in the East Tennessee region.

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