The Alliance for South Sound Health announced today that Maureen Womack has been hired as CEO and president of the Behavioral Health Hospital now under construction in Tacoma.  

The Alliance is a joint entity forged between the region’s two largest nonprofit health systems, CHI Franciscan Health and MultiCare Health System, to alleviate the critical shortage of behavioral health inpatient care in Pierce County. Together, the Tacoma-based companies will open and operate a dedicated, 120-bed adult Behavioral Health Hospital at 19th Street and South Union Avenue.

Womack will join the Alliance and begin her new role on Jan. 15. The Alliance, according to a statement released today,  anticipates the hospital will open for patient care in early January 2019.

Womack brings 20-plus years of executive leadership in the field of behavioral health. Prior to joining the Alliance, she served as CEO of psychiatric hospital Cornerstone Behavioral Health-El Dorado in Tucson. Her experience includes serving as executive director of Johnson County Mental Health Center in Johnson County, Kan.; Merit Health River Region in Vicksburg, Miss.; and the Norfolk Community Services Board in Norfolk, Va.

Womack also served a decade as president and CEO of Davis Behavioral Health Inc., a nonprofit community mental health and substance abuse center in Davis County, Utah.

“Increasing access to behavioral health services in our region is an important part of improving the health of our communities. I’m excited that we’ll have someone of Maureen Womack’s caliber to help us bring this to fruition,” said Bill Robertson, CEO of MultiCare Health System.

“We are confident that Womack’s experience and leadership will ensure the highest quality care and support are provided to our most vulnerable populations and families,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of CHI Franciscan Health. “Our new Behavioral Health Hospital is just one step in our journey to improve the health and wellness of our region and state.”