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Director - Behavioral Health

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Director of Behavioral Health - Ascension Borgess, Kalamazoo, MI

Ascension Borgess in Kalamazoo, Michigan is hiring a Director of Behavioral/Mental Health.  If you are you an experienced, strategic leader who guides, and inspires trust through personal leadership, this position may be for you.  Borgess offers inpatient, outpatient and aftercare treatment programs personalized for adults, senior, adolescent, or child. We also have 24/7 Stress Centers with highly experienced mental health specialists well-prepared for an emotional health need.  We also have dedicated programs for substance abuse.


Why Join Ascension?

In Michigan, Ascension operates 15 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ over 20,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension Michigan is working together to help bring patients more resources and better care. Ascension Michigan is also committed to its community; it provided over $272 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in FY2018. Ascension Michigan is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities.

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.

What You Will Do

As the Director – Behavioral Health you will oversee operations for 50-bed inpatient behavioral department at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI.  This is a fast-paced, 24/7 department.  The director will lead a highly-engaged team of professionals that include; RNs, PCAs, therapy, social work, activity therapy, crisis screeners, and psychiatry.   The Behavioral department provides individualized care from ages 12 to end of life for medically cleared patients with mental illness. Borgess also has a day program for adolescents, an 8 - room crisis center in our Emergency Department, and a psych-med consult service.



  • Develop departmental goals and objectives consistent with medical, administrative, legal and ethical requirements of the health care delivery system.
  • Direct clinical activities, including patient assessment, care plan development, service level determination, patient visits, and complaint management.
  • Plan, organizes and directs all activities related to staffing, including hiring, orienting, evaluating and continuing education initiatives.
  • Prepare and monitors budget(s) and ensures that assigned nursing area operates within allocated funds. Coordinate and direct internal and externally-driven audits.




What You Will Need

  • MI RN license preferred, Master’s degree in Health Care Administration or MBA highly desired.
  • Masters in Social Work or Professional Counseling will also be considered.
  • Several years of leadership experience working in a leadership role in a behavioral / mental health organization.
  • Strong leadership skills and previous experience overseeing a large department in a complex healthcare system.
  • Clinical background preferably in nursing or therapy positions in related area.

What We Offer You

  • Competitive compensation
  • Professional development
  • Wellbeing programs and holistic growth opportunities
  • Work-life balance through generous paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Adoption assistance
  • Medical, dental, vision and retirement match

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Borgess Health is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the nondiscrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, disability, veteran or marital status.

Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.

Job ID: 340101
Category: Nursing
Facility: MIKAL Ascension Borgess Hosp
Ministry: Ascension Borgess, MI
Location: Kalamazoo, MI

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