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SPR-SUM 2018

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To do so, she will have to tackle a mental health infrastructure beset with myriad issues. Long wait times for admittance to the 168-bed psychiatric hospital, along with the closing of several regional facilities and an overall shortage of qualifi ed staff , have created a ripple eff ect in which emergency rooms at many of the state's traditional hospitals have turned into de facto mental health clinics. is, in turn, has created a backlog that can delay treatment for patients needing other emergent care. Shibinette noted a recent day in which there were 70 patients waiting to be discharged, delaying admittance for 32 people who needed to be admitted. While additional beds would help, she sa id , it's more eff ective to discharge patients more quickly to transitional housing or other community care facilities. So one of her fi rst steps is working to reestablish relationships with other public and private facilities that can play a major role in improving the situation. "New Hampshire has a chronic mental health problem, and we are the only psychiatric hospital in the state that takes involuntary admissions," she sa id . "We impact every facility in the state so it's imperative that we work together more eff ectively to deal with this problem and make sure everyone who needs assistance receives it." Having spent several years as CEO of the 290-bed Merrimack County Nursing Home that includes an assisted living facility with more than 500 employees, Shibinette knows the provider side of health care quite well. In 2016, she was named deputy commissioner at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), where she was part of the department's executive management team. Among her duties was overseeing New Hampshire Hospital and Glencliff Home, a state- run, long-term care facility, as well as implementing several recommendations from an independent sentinel review panel. e role was short lived. Less than a year later, DHHS commissioner Jeff rey M e yers appointed her to take over the psychiatric hospital a er the sudden departure of the previous chief executive offi cer. "Although I was truly enjoying my role as deputy commissioner, both the commissioner and I knew that I had the private and public experience needed for the chief executive position," sa id Shibinette, adding that she sees her role as more operational versus political. "We both knew that this was in my wheelhouse." "A er a national search, it was apparent that Lori is uniquely suited to the position due to her experience in health care management, policy and innovation, as well as her clinical background," Meyers said in a statement to the press. "While Lori has successfully led several important initiatives in her time as deputy commissioner, she is the best candidate for this role," he added, "I have every confi dence that she will bring her extensive skills to the CEO position at New Hampshire Hospital to continue to address pressing mental health needs." Nursing opened the door for me and developed my passion for serving the poor, the mentally ill and the elderly. But it was getting my MBA that has allowed me to really understand how to read fi nancial documents and get a deep understanding of how to best implement the principals of evidence-based practice.

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