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For Immediate Release:  November 22, 2010
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Richmond – DBHDS Commissioner James W. Stewart, III announced that Catawba Hospital Director Jack Wood has been selected to serve as Eastern State Hospital’s new permanent director.

“Eastern State will benefit from the strong leadership Jack demonstrated at Catawba hospital,” said Commissioner Stewart. “His experience has enabled him to gain a wide variety of management skills that will be of great service to the department in the larger setting at Eastern State and to its surrounding community.”

Wood has been the director at Catawba since 2001 and previously held several positions there, including chief operating officer and director of medical support services. Before coming to DBHDS, Jack worked at the Medical University of South Carolina, the Charleston Memorial Hospital and with the U.S. Navy. Wood holds an undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and a Master of Business Administration from Averett University.

“I am extremely grateful to Dr. Maxcine Maxfield for her leadership as Eastern State Hospital acting director for the past several months and also to Dr. Olivia Garland before Dr. Maxfield,” continued Commissioner Stewart.

Wood will begin his new position at Eastern State Hospital full-time on January 1, 2011, but will start spending part of each week there next month. Yad M. Jabbarpour, M.D., Catawba’s medical current director, will serve as that hospital’s acting facility director until a permanent replacement is found.

Eastern State Hospital is a 300-bed state mental health facility in Williamsburg, Virginia and Catawba hospital is a 120-bed state mental health facility near Roanoke, Virginia.


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