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Centerstone Hosts International Mental Healthcare Organization Executives

Nashville, Tenn. — Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral healthcare services, will host five executives from mental healthcare organizations in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom at the second annual International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) “knowledge exchange” in Nashville May 15 through 19.

The guests are:

  • Ian McKenzie, CEO of Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB), a community partnership in South Auckland, New Zealand (www.middlemore.co.nz)
  • Margaret Aimer, M.D., medical director of CMDHB
  • David Chaplow, M.D., director of mental health, Ministry of Health, New Zealand
  • Steve Lurie, executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Toronto branch (www.cmha.ca)
  • Sue Turner, CEO of the Uffculme Centre, part of the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust in England


“The exchange of ideas and practices is crucial for the development of mental healthcare organizations worldwide,” said David Guth, CEO of Centerstone. “This year, Centerstone will introduce five professionals to our organization and the challenges and progress we have made in Tennessee. The IIMHL provides an important outlet for invaluable communication between thought leaders and experienced practitioners in the field of mental healthcare, and Centerstone is delighted to host the exchange.”

During the knowledge exchange, the mental healthcare executives will explore issues including research and evidence-based practice, caring for culturally diverse populations, technology and the implications of electronic data collection, crisis management strategies, legal issues and case management. They will tour Centerstone facilities in Nashville and Madison and meet with state health officials.

Following the exchange in Middle Tennessee, the visitors, Guth, and Bob Vero, president and COO of Centerstone, will travel to Washington, DC, for the Mental Health Corporations of America spring meeting/IIMHL conference. Other organizations from across the country that have hosted international mental health executives will also attend. Guth and Vero have been invited to present a seminar on Centerstone’s cutting-edge electronic care management system during the conference.