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Published on February 26, 2008

John Mistrangelo Appointed Executive Director of Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health at the Eastern Shore

Cambridge, MD - Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the appointment of John Mistrangelo as the executive director of its Eastern Shore campus.

Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, part of Adventist Behavioral Health Services, is a network of behavioral health facilities in Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties and the Eastern Shore offering a spectrum of mental health care for individuals at every stage of life. In his new role, Mistrangelo will manage the 74-bed acute and residential treatment center located in Cambridge, Maryland.

Mistrangelo previously served as the clinical and residential treatment center director for Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health's Anne Arundel campus. In this role, he was responsible for the operation of a 28-bed residential treatment facility for adolescents, including management of the facilities, admissions, care management, and dietary departments. Prior to joining Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Mistrangelo was the clinical director for behavioral health services and psychiatry at Dimensions Health Care System, where he supervised the operations of a 55-bed in-patient psychiatric unit in addition to an out-patient mental health unit, emergency center, and sexual assault unit.

The Eastern Shore campus was acquired by Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health in 2006. Since then, the organization has undergone a series of clinical enhancements, including the addition of two new child and adolescent psychiatrists, Drs. Justin Wade and Manjula Borge. Additionally, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health recently announced Dr. Charles Maust's new educational leadership at the Ridge School of the Eastern Shore. These changes, combined with Mistrangelo's new role as executive director. will increase the level of quality care provided to patients at the Eastern Shore campus.

"John Mistrangelo brings more than 30 years of clinical expertise to Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health," said Sako Maki, President Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health and Adventist Behavioral Health Services. "His new role reflects our commitment to meeting the behavioral health needs of the Eastern Shore community."

"When Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health acquired the Eastern Shore campus, which was formerly operated by Chesapeake Youth Center, our goal was to assess the clinical care offered by the acute and residential treatment programs and implement the necessary steps to help increase quality outcomes." Maki said. "Two years later, I am proud to say that our team of dedicated leaders in the areas of education, clinical services and operations management, has helped the facility flourish while working toward becoming a respected pillar of mental health services on the Eastern Shore."

Mistrangelo began his 30-year behavioral health career as a researcher for Glass Mental Health Center. Since then, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in the behavioral health industry, including roles as assistant vice president of corporate operations for Maryland General Health Systems, Inc. and vice president of operations for Glass Health Systems. Mistrangelo also spent four years in private practice as a marital and family therapist. He currently serves as the treasurer of the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Political Action Committee. He is also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and a past president of the Maryland Chapter of NASW. Additionally, Mistrangelo has given a number of clinical presentations on topics ranging from adolescent suicide, crisis intervention, conflict management and stress reduction.

Mistrangelo holds a bachelor's degree in community leadership and development from Springfield College, a master's degree in social work from the Catholic University of America, and a post-master's certificate in social administration from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning.

About Adventist Behavioral Health Services

Adventist Behavioral Health Services include Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Washington Adventist Hospital's Behavioral Health Unit and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children. The second largest provider of mental health services in Maryland, Adventist Behavioral Health Services offers 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 Behavioral Health Services employ more than 900 people at its locations in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties and the Eastern Shore.

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