Keynotes Speakers Announced For The 2018 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute; Devan J. Cross, President, MHN, A Subsidiary of Centene, & David K. White, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, BayMark Health Service

Gettysburg, PA, April 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPEN MINDS has announced Devan J. Cross, President of MHN and David K. White, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of BayMark Health Services, as the keynote speakers of The 2018 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute. This year’s institute will focus on the emerging clinical and management best practices needed for organizational sustainability in value-based reimbursement arrangements. The 2018 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute will again return to the Hilton in Long Beach, California, from August 15-16, 2018.

Devan Cross is the President of MHN, a managed behavioral health organization and a part of the Envolve family of specialty companies of the Centene Corporation. MHN provides comprehensive behavioral health and employee assistance services to over 6 million members. Mr. Cross brings a wealth of diverse experience to optimize the solutions that deliver great healthcare, driving cost efficiencies, improved care coordination, and customer and member satisfaction. While with MHN, Mr. Cross has served in a variety of operational and leadership roles, including direct oversight of clinical operations and administrative support of federal contracts. Before joining MHN, Mr. Cross served as a Naval Officer following his graduation, with merit from the United States Naval Academy, and holds an MBA from the University of California.

Dr. David White is the Chief Executive Officer of BayMark Health Services, a specialty health care organization, whose core business is to provide evidence-based, individualized treatment services for those addicted to opioids. BayMark Health Services was formed in 2015 with the merger of two well-known and highly respected opioid treatment companies, BAART Programs and MedMark Treatment Centers. With more than two decades of health care administration experience in psychiatric care and substance abuse, physical rehabilitation, long term care and acute hospital services, Dr. White joined MedMark as President and CEO in January of 2008. In December 2015, he assumed the role of CEO for BayMark Health Services, the newly formed parent company of MedMark Treatment Centers and BAART Programs. Prior to his experience at BayMark, he served as the President of Hospital Management Services for the Nashville-based organization, Psychiatric Solutions, Inc.

The institute will feature over 20 sessions focused on clinical and management best practices, including didactic educational sessions, panel discussions and case model learning sessions featuring innovative organizations and programs. The listof guest speakers include thoughtleading executives from influential organizations across the country, including:

  • Atkerson, Sue Ann, LPC, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, RI International
  • Carmichael, Carol, Assistant Vice President, Network Strategy, Beacon Health Options
  • Chau, Clayton, M.D., Ph.D., Regional Executive Medical Director, St Joseph Hoag Health/Providence St Joseph Health Southern CA Region
  • Daugherty, Kristi, LCSW, LISW, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Emergence Health Network
  • Dollar, Bill, Chief Information Officer, Kings View Corporation
  • Gatto, Jeremy J., MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker, HealthPartners
  • Gilmore, Briana, Director of Planning & Recovery Practice, Community Access
  • Hoover, Leon, MSW, MMgmt, CEO, Kings View Corporation
  • Mittal, Nayha, Manager, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Beacon Health Options
  • Rocha, Alex, Quality Improvement Director, Kings View Corporation
  • Rodriguez, Jim, MBA, CSBI, Chief Financial Officer, Kings View Corporation
  • Schmidt, Lori M., Director of Behavioral Health, HealthPartners

“New business models demand new management practices. This institute is focused on the clinical and management best practices that have become the ‘must have’ competencies for success in a changing health and human landscape,” said OPEN MINDS’ Chief Executive Officer, Monica E. Oss. ”Throughout this three-day event, executives will gain an understanding of best practices in key business management processes – strategy development, financial management, tech investment strategy, budget development, revenue cycle management, and more. Our experienced faculty and a team of industry experts will review how leading edge organizations are successfully integrating evidence-based practices, practice-based evidence, and decision support tools in clinical practice.”

This year, the institute will feature an intensive one-day summit focused on exploring successful innovative treatment programs for consumers with complex support needs, Designing & Implementing Innovative Treatment Programs: An OPEN MINDS Executive Summit & Showcase, as well as two executive seminars:

Individual and group registration for The 2018 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute is now available. We recommend registering early, as seating is limited and registrations are expected to sell out before the end of the year. To register online or download a registration form, visit:

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