Maurice “Reece” Washington is the Chief Executive Officer of Anchor Hospital, a campus of Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System. Since coming on board in early 2017, his leadership has helped transform the culture of the hospital and renew the vision to be recognized as a leader in comprehensive behavioral healthcare.
He is a native of Philadelphia and prior to joining Anchor, worked in a variety of clinical settings including Emergency/ Trauma, Medical/Surgical and Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Nursing. While in Philadelphia he held a variety of key leadership positions, including Nurse Manager, Director of Crisis Response, Chief Nursing Officer and Assistant Hospital Administrator.
His practical yet driven leadership style, coupled with his clinical expertise has proved invaluable in improving management of facility operations and leading hospital growth. Reece received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Science degree in Nursing from LaSalle University.
John Kim is the Chief Financial Officer for both campuses of the Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System, including Anchor Hospital.
John joined Anchor Hospital in May 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Controller at Dominion Hospital in Falls Church, VA. He has been in healthcare finance for over 22 years, working in acute hospitals, university health systems, and physician services groups.
He also interned with the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming.
John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and his Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Shailesh Patel is the Medical Director of Anchor Hospital. He specializes in the treatment of adult patients with acute psychiatric needs and mood disorders. Dr. Patel is a 2003 graduate of the Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia. While there he also completed a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Health Care Administration.
He completed his residency at the University of Florida in 2008 and later joined the Malcolm Randall VA Hospital. While there, he served as the Consult-Liaison Attending Physician responsible for managing psychiatric consultations to the ER, outpatient clinics and for their inpatient stabilization program. He was also responsible for teaching medical students and psychiatry residents.
He moved to Atlanta in 2010 to open a private practice and came on board at Anchor Hospital soon thereafter, where he has remained since. In 2014 Dr. Patel became Medical Director for both campuses of the Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System.
Nasir Bayan joined Anchor Hospital in 2009 and brings with him more than 15 years of experience in business development, client management, corporate training and consulting to his role as the Director of Business Development.
In his current role Nasir oversees branding, marketing and strategic partnering for both the acute inpatient and partial hospitalization service lines. He also leads the hospital’s sales team, directing members on effective targeting and messaging, anticipating market changes, building strong referral relationships, tracking sales cycles, and effectively managing sales territory.
He also manages the hospital’s relationship with insurance companies, handling contracting, credentialing, and negotiating rate increases with all payers.
A native of Ohio, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He moved to Georgia in 2003 and received his Master of Education degree from the University of Georgia.
Ekom Essien is the Director of Admissions / Assessment and Referral Services for Anchor Hospital. He and his team are responsible for providing assessments to individuals in need and supporting an efficient, streamlined intake process for anyone requiring admission.
Ekom brings many years of experience in crisis assessment and placement, having worked within hospital emergency rooms to provide emergency psychiatric evaluation services to patients in crisis. He also has experience working with and operating a private outpatient therapy practice and working in business development to market hospital services to referral sources.
Ekom is a Licensed Professional Counselor and also provides supervision for other clinicians and therapists in training. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Columbus State University and his Master of Science degree in Counseling & Psychology from Troy University.
Angelica Jackson brings almost 30 years of expertise as a healthcare professional to her role as the Director of Nursing at Anchor Hospital. A native of Macon, Georgia, she worked in healthcare for many years before bringing her talents to Anchor in March 2017.
She has worked in variety healthcare settings throughout her career, including Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Neurology, and Cardiology/Telemetry.
In her current role, Angelica is responsible the management, training, education, supervision and competency tracking for all unit nurses, nurse managers and direct care staff. She is a firm proponent of servant leadership and is skilled at helping nurses continually grow their ability to safely and effectively care for patients.
Compassionate, practical, and patient-centered, Angelica notes that: “It is our job to care for those in need, and mental/behavioral health care is no different. I believe a healthy mind is the gateway to a healthy life, so we strive to provide care that supports the healing, growth and empowerment of all our patients.”
Brittany Hardy is the Director of Social Services and Expressive Therapy at Anchor Hospital. She started at Anchor in 2010 and has worked in multiple departments, including Admissions, Utilization Review and Outpatient Services.
She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. She is a systemic therapist and brings that approach to her role as a clinician, supervisor and team leader. As a veteran social worker, she also has in-depth knowledge about the admission and treatment process, making her an excellent advocate for improving systems that impact direct patient care.
She is also versed in multiple therapeutic modalities, including training as a STAR Behavioral Health Provider to offer therapy to veterans, active service members, and their families. She also has expertise using Trauma Therapy to help treat individuals dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Brittany is a Georgia native and completed her Master’s degree at Mercer University School of Medicine with a specialty in Family Therapy.
Dr. David Anthony has over 40 years of experience treating patients with mental health and substance abuse needs in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He specializes in treating patients with childhood trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder and is a fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association and a Diplomat in Addiction Counseling.
Dr. Anthony is also a marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. His clinical experience includes work with a diverse group of patient populations, including work with families, refugees, homeless veterans, sex offenders, juvenile justice and family treatment courts, GLBT clients, and victims of sexual assault.
Dr. Anthony is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and approved clinical supervisor.
Michelle Parker is the Director of Utilization Management for Anchor Hospital. A Michigan native, Michelle began working in healthcare in 2005 and later joined the Anchor Hospital team in 2015. Prior to working for Anchor Hospital, she was an ABA Certified Behavior Specialist working primarily with forensically adjudicated patients in the state of Virginia.
She brings 20 years of experience in the mental health field to Anchor Hospital and in her current role she primarily effects change with relation to patient benefit utilization.
Michelle oversees operations of the utilization review program for our inpatient and partial hospitalization services, directing staff in efficient and effective auditing of patient care records, telephonic utilization reviews, and prior authorization acquisitions to achieve the best clinical and business outcomes. Michelle also works to ensure compliance with governmental regulatory entities and meet contractual guidelines required by health plans. She works in collaboration with all disciplines within the hospital, including medical management, nursing, social services, and financial management.
Shannon Darden has worked with UHS for seven years, starting at Laurel Oaks Behavioral Hospital as a therapist before advancing to the role of Program Director.
Shannon came to Anchor Hospital in 2015, welcoming the opportunity to serve as Director of Outpatient Services. Her main goal is to help facilitate a smooth transition for patients taking the next step to a lower level of care.
Shannon’s experience includes psychiatric inpatient therapy (acute and residential), intensive in-home therapy, marriage and family therapy and working with children and adolescents with behavioral problems.
Shannon received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Albany State University in Albany, GA. She also received a second Master of Science degree from Walden University and is currently completing a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on autism awareness.
Danna Nordin is a Human Resources leader with more than twenty years of experience offering human resource management services to employee populations ranging in size from 100 to 2,500. Throughout her career, Danna has helped industries as diverse as luxury spas and hospitals recognize and engage their most important asset: their employees. Danna moved to metro Atlanta in 2012, and worked as HR Director for two call centers before finding her home with Anchor Hospital.
Her knowledge, skill and drive have helped reinvigorate the hospital’s service excellence program, implement staff-driven performance improvement teams, support staff recruitment and retention, and renew the focus on employee engagement.
A Las Vegas native, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Greg Helms is the Director of Plant Operations and Environmental Services for Anchor Hospital. He joined the hospital in March 2017 and is responsible for managing all facility-related improvement, maintenance, and code compliance issues within the hospital.
Greg has been with UHS for 15 years and brings with him a wealth of facility and plant operations experience, including professional affiliations with the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Georgia Society of Healthcare Engineers (GASHE), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and certification as an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Mold/Management Specialist.
Skilled, knowledgeable and thorough, Greg has been a welcomed addition to the Anchor team. He is a native of Georgia and prior to coming to Anchor, served for many years at LakeBridge Hospital in Macon, GA.
Rosalind Williams joined the team at Anchor Hospital in June 2016, bringing over 25 years of healthcare experience to her role as the Business Office Director, including her background and skills in accounting and healthcare administration within primary care/internal medicine.
Rosalind manages the business office functions for both campuses of Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System. She and her staff are responsible for ensuring the accurate, timely and consistent performance of multiple accounting functions, including patient account maintenance, collection management, billing and accounts receivable. She also works in collaboration with other hospital disciplines to improve systems and processes to generate accurate, real-time financial data.
Rosalind is a native of Atlanta, a proud mother and grandmother, and a die-hard Atlanta Falcons fan. She holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management.
Ann Green is the Director of Dietary Services for Anchor Hospital. A native of Michigan, she joined the hospital team in March 2017 and brings over 20 years of experience in nutritional services, customer service and staff development to her role.
Ann supervises the dietary team, which provides food services to all departments within the hospital, including special events. She collaborates with other disciplines to develop balanced menu options, manage food delivery, monitor patients with special diets, consult with the hospital dietitian as needed, and work with staff to ensure we are delivering the highest quality food for our patients.
Dedicated, skilled and reliable, Ann embodies the spirit of service excellence. She is a welcomed addition to the Anchor family, and her passion for providing healthy food options and high quality dining experiences is evident to everyone she serves.