Founded in 1844, Butler Hospital is the state's only non-profit, free-standing psychiatric hospital providing adults, seniors and adolescents specialized assessment and treatment for all major psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse.
Butler is the major affiliated teaching hospital for psychiatry and behavioral health of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. It is the flagship hospital for its Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, which has been recognized by its peers as one of the top ten in the US. Butler is the major training site and the base hospital for the Brown University General Residency in Psychiatry. Many physicians and psychologists at Butler are also part of the Brown Institute for Brain Science and participate in exciting clinical research initiatives with this world-renowned center for neuroscience.
Butler Hospital is a part of Care New England Health System that employs approximately 900 full-time and part-time clinical and non-clinical staff. More than 75 volunteers assist the staff in nearly all areas of the hospital. The Board of Directors represents a cross-section of the business community.
Butler Hospital provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and treatment in three primary settings:
Intensive Outpatient Programs:
The hospital has been in the forefront of new developments in psychiatry including:
The hospital employs approximately 900 full-time and part-time clinical and non-clinical staff who are dedicated to treating people with dignity and respect. More than 80 volunteers assist the staff in nearly all departments.
As a Care New England partner and Brown University teaching hospital, we shall maintain and enhance Butler Hospital's leadership role in behavioral health services, teaching and research. We shall respond to the demands of this rapidly changing health care environment throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. We shall distinguish ourselves by providing individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds with a full continuum of quality, cost-effective services, while continuing our commitment as an academic center of excellence.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Mary began her career at Butler in 1992 as a therapist in the occupational therapy department, ultimately becoming director. In 2004, she advanced to associate vice president of patient care services and clinical operations leader. During her 10 years in this role, she oversaw nursing operations, admissions, health information management and occupational therapy.
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Psychiatry, Care New England
James K. Sullivan, MD, PhD, is the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Butler Hospital as well as the Chief of Psychiatry at Women & Infants Hospital. Previously serving as Deputy Medical Director for Clinical Services, Dr. Sullivan joined Butler in 2007 as Assistant Unit Chief on the Kent Unit.
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Charles Alexandre, PhD, RN, joined Butler Hospital in 2012 with leadership responsibilities in quality and regulation. Previously, he spent 13 years at the Department of Health advancing from state director of nurse registration and nursing education to chief of health professions regulation.
Vice President of Finance
Stephen E. Burke, CPA, MBA joined Care New England in January 2015 and subsequently joined Butler Hospital in March 2015. With more than 30 years of health care finance experience, Steve has worked at not-for profit hospitals, for-profit hospitals, and a Federally Qualified Community Health Center.