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Community Psychiatry Appoints Christopher Brengard As Chief Executive Officer

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --A Community Psychiatry, a leading independent provider of outpatient behavioral health services, today announced the appointment of J. Christopher Brengard as Chief Executive Officer as it accelerates its focus on improving integrated access to mental health services across delivery channels.A The company has also expanded its board of directors to include industry leaders with public policy and payer experience to further support Community Psychiatry's initiatives to drive improved outcomes and clinical pathways.Community Psychiatry Appoints Christopher Brengard As Chief Executive OfficerWith deep expertise in providing in-person care since 2003 and telemedicine since 2009, Community Psychiatry's more than 120 clinicians currently serve patients from 44 locations and remotely. Brengard assumes the role from outgoing CEO Ken Kelly, who led the company's successful geographic and clinical expansion over the past four years, while maintaining a strong commitment to clinical outcomes and exceptional care delivery. Community Psychiatry's clinicians form close working relationships with primary care physicians to ensure patients receive well-coordinated care. With a focus on clinical excellence, clinicians can offer patients a range of treatments and modalities, including psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychological testing, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to improve patient outcomes.Brengard, as the company's new CEO, will drive further expansion of the company's differentiated and highly successful model, leveraging his almost 30 years of multi-site experience in partnership with clinicians.A  Most recently, he served for two decades as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Renal Care, Inc., a business he founded in 2000 and grew to more 350 dialysis centers nationwide in partnership with physicians through a focused de novo and acquisition strategy."Community Psychiatry has a long history of providing the most clinically-effective mental health care by attracting the best clinicians and ensuring a compassionate patient experience. Access to mental healthcare is critically important. We thank Ken for his years of leadership, and I am excited to be working with the talented Community Psychiatry team to build upon this legacy to support the continued expansion of the company's provider-driven model as the platform of choice for clinicians and patients nationwide," said Brengard. In addition to Brengard's appointment as CEO, the company announced the appointments of two industry leaders its Board of Directors: Chris Hocevar, who will serve as Chairman of the Board, and Patrick J. Kennedy. Both will further support Community Psychiatry's initiatives to expand access for individuals to high-quality clinical care via telemedicine and in-person care, drive improved outcomes and clinical pathways, track quality data, and increase opportunities for mental health clinicians to integrate with primary care providers.
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