Sheppard Pratt Health System announced earlier this week that Harsh K. Trivedi, M.D., M.B.A., will join the health system as its sixth president and chief executive officer. Currently CEO of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, Trivedi will officially begin his new role on July 1, 2016.
“We are in an era of healthcare reform and there is a greater focus on population health, on the integration of psychiatric services, and on payment reform,” says Trivedi. “My number one goal will be to keep Sheppard Pratt Health System at the forefront of healthcare delivery while ensuring that we remain true to the culture and the mission that have guided the organization for the past 125 years.”
Trivedi will succeed Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., who will step down after more than three decades with the health system, including nearly 25 years as president and CEO.
“I’m grateful to Steve Sharfstein for his leadership and thoughtful direction in building the largest private, non-profit psychiatric health system in the country and honored to be following him in this role,” says Trivedi.
Sharfstein will remain a part of the Sheppard Pratt family as president emeritus and clinical psychiatrist.
"Harsh is respected in the field both for his work in behavioral health as a psychiatrist associated with Harvard, Brown, and Vanderbilt universities, and as an administrator," said Sharfstein in a press statement. "He is absolutely the right person for the job, and we're excited to see him bring new energy and vision to the health system."
Trivedi is a double board-certified psychiatrist and physician executive with formal business training. He is currently editor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Chair of the American Psychiatric Association Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing, and serves on the American Hospital Association Governing Council for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services.
"It was important to us to find someone who is a passionate clinician and relentless, forward-thinking advocate, and also possesses the business acumen to lead the health system,” said J. Federick Motz, Sheppard Pratt Health System's Chairman of the Board of Trustees, in a statement. “This is Harsh in a nutshell."