New VP of Operations for BHN’s East Region

Thomas King, an experienced leader in the behavioral health field, joined Natchaug Hospital and the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network East Region as the new Vice President of Operations in late August.

King assumed operational responsibilities at both Natchaug Hospital and behavioral health services at Backus Hospital and Windham Hospital in the East Region.

King fills the role that was vacated earlier this year by David C. Klein, PhD, who stepped down after a long career as vice president of operations to work as a clinical psychologist in the Partial Hospitalization Program in the psychiatric services department at Backus Hospital.

Prior to joining the BHN, King managed behavioral health programs at Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN), which includes Manchester and Rockville hospitals. At ECHN, he also assumed responsibilities for the development of palliative programs and management of its care management department.

“Tom has a track record of high performance, operational excellence, and program development and growth,” said James F. O’Dea, PhD, MBA, vice president of operations for the Behavioral Health Network.

O’Dea said the BHN leadership team will collaborate with King to help guide the continuing expansion of behavioral health programs and services across the East Region.

“His values as a leader in the field align perfectly with our own,” O’Dea said, “and I am confident that he will continue to ensure that the needs of our communities are met with compassion and highly effective care.”