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For Immediate Release:
  May 26, 2010
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Olivia Garland Named New DBHDS Deputy Commissioner

Richmond DBHDS Commissioner James W. Stewart, III announced today that Dr. Olivia Garland has been selected as the DBHDS Deputy Commissioner. Since February 2010, Dr. Garland has been the acting director of Eastern State Hospital.  

“Olivia has an impressive record of service to the individuals in our system in both the public and private sectors,” said Commissioner Stewart. “Her extensive experience will be of great benefit to our department and the people we serve.”  

Prior to serving as the Eastern State Hospital acting director, Garland worked for nine years as the vice president at First Health Services. She also founded and operated a consulting company for healthcare policy and management organizations. Previously, Garland served as the assistant commissioner for field operations at DBHDS and the director of Central State Hospital in Petersburg. Earlier in her career she served as warden and assistant warden for two correctional facilities in Virginia.

Garland, of Richmond, is a graduate of Hampton University and received a Master of Public Administration and a Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration from VCU.

Garland will begin work immediately as deputy commissioner and will continue to serve as acting director of Eastern State Hospital until further notice.


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