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Media Contact: Clarencia J. Stephen

Published on September 24, 2007

Sako Maki Named to Lead Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services

Rockville, MD - Adventist HealthCare is pleased to announce the appointment of Sako Maki, MSW, MPA, as the leader of Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services and as President of Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, a leading provider of mental health services in Maryland.

Maki joined Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health in May 2007 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Rockville facility. Her new role is effective Monday, September 24.

"I am thrilled to lead these important services of Adventist HealthCare and to work with a team of professionals that provide excellent behavioral health services each day in a multitude of settings," said Maki. "In my role, I look to usher in a renewed commitment to patient care and to build on and strengthen the services that Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services offer to the community. I am confident that our staff will be instrumental in helping us deliver quality clinical care."

For more than 50 years, Adventist HealthCare's behavioral health services have been an important resource in our community beginning with Washington Adventist Hospital's Behavioral Health Unit. For more than 25 years, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health has offered comprehensive services and programs

such as acute services, residential treatment centers, special education programs, residential group homes and outpatient services. And, we are proud that last year, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children joined Adventist HealthCare as part of our behavioral health services. Adventist HealthCare's nurturing philosophy and faith-based care provide the support necessary for its patients to transition back into and sustain their daily lives.

In her new role, Maki will provide day-to-day leadership to Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health's facilities in Montgomery and Anne Arundel Counties, and the Eastern Shore. She will also provide leadership to the Washington Adventist Hospital's Behavioral Health Unit and to the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.

"One of our greatest challenges in the behavioral health field is meeting the needs of a growing diverse population. I am proud of the fact that we have a diverse team of health-care professionals ready to address this demand," said Maki.

"Sako is an advocate for our mission and lives the values of our organization," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. "She is a talented developer of people and teams, and adept at the operational aspects of our complex industry. Her passion for delivering excellent patient care will no doubt be reflected in her leadership of our Behavioral Health Services."

Maki holds master's degrees in social work and public administration from the University of Southern California (USC). She also earned a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology with a minor in business administration from USC.

Prior to joining Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Maki served as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Illinois. She also served as the facility's Administrator of behavioral health services from May 2003 to January 2006. Maki has extensive experience in the field of behavioral health care, holding positions of increasing responsibility since 1989.

"Adventist HealthCare is blessed to have a dedicated and talented team of professionals who, on a daily basis, strive to deliver the highest standards of clinical care to our patients," Robertson said. "I am confident Sako will lead this team successfully into the future."  

About Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services

Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services include Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health , Washington Adventist Hospital's Behavioral Health Unit and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children. One of the largest providers of mental health services in Maryland, Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services offer a broad range of programs and treatment options for children, adolescents and seniors including acute behavioral care, outpatient chemical dependency programs, residential treatment, education programs and community-based services. Adventist HealthCare's Behavioral Services employ more than 900 people at its locations in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties and the Eastern Shore.

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