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About Us

About Butler Hospital

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.

Community Health Needs Assessment Report

A national leader in the development of acute psychiatric and substance abuse treatment, Butler is involved in a variety of research efforts which has earned it a national reputation as a major teaching and research facility, including:
  • Major depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders
  • Parkinson's disease, anxiety
  • Substance abuse and family violence
  • Smoking cessation
  • Perinatal mood disorders

Why Choose Us

Comprehensive Services

Butler Hospital provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and treatment in three primary settings:

  • Inpatient programs
  • Partial hospital programs

Intensive Outpatient Programs:

  • Alcohol & drug treatment services (ADTS)
  • Senior treatment program
  • Cultural psychiatry program (Hispanic and Portuguese)
  • Various research programs

A National Leader

The hospital has been in the forefront of new developments in psychiatry including:

  • Opened one of the first outpatient programs in the late 1950s
  • Opened the first partial hospital substance abuse program in the early 1970s
  • Developed the first partial hospital program to be funded by Blue Cross in the early 1970s
  • An average length of stay of 8 days which is well below the national average

Caring, Professionally Trained Staff

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.

  • Our Vision
  • Our Mission
  • Our Values

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.

  • Provide treatment for psychiatric illness in an atmosphere of dignity and respect
  • Contribute to knowledge through education and research
  • Continuously improve the ways we serve our patients and our community


  • Set clear expectations and provide timely feedback and follow-through.
  • Do what you say you’re going to do, and be fair about it.
  • Take ownership of your responsibilities.


  • Acknowledge and respond to the needs and challenges of every person.
  • Create an environment that encourages respect and appreciation.
  • Offer support, information, and hope.


  • Listen and value each person’s voice.
  • Ask “How can I help?”
  • Support the work of each team and each team member.

Senior Leadership Team

Mary Marran, MS, OT, MBA

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.

Diane Ferreira, MHA, RN, CCM

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Diane Ferreira, MHA, RN, CCM, joined Butler Hospital in 1989 as a graduate nurse. Since then she has advanced her knowledge of psychiatric care, working as Coordinated Care Clinician and Manager, Assistant Director of Care Planning, and as Director of Care Management and Social Services. In these positions, she has been instrumental in developing integrated teams from within Butler Hospital and Care New England, as well as community-based organizations from providers to payers.

Stephen E. Burke, CPA, MBA

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.

Ghulam Mustafa Surti, MD

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Geriatrics Services

Dr. Surti is the Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Geriatrics Services at Butler Hospital. He is Senior Vice President of Care New England. Dr. Surti is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is the Associate Program Director of the Brown University Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program at Butler Hospital.

Scott Vansteeden, MBA, RN

Vice President of Operations

Scott Vansteeden, MBA, RN, journey in healthcare began in 2010 when he successfully earned his nursing degree and secured admission to the Graduate Nurse program. Throughout his tenure, Scott contributed his expertise to a range of units, demonstrating versatility and adaptability. In 2013, his outstanding performance led to a well-deserved promotion as the Clinical Assistant Nurse Manager of the Intensive Treatment Program.

Kevin Baill, MD

Associate Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Addiction Services

Kevin Baill, MD received his undergraduate education from the Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency in General Adult Psychiatry at Saint Vincent’s Hospital where he served as Chief Resident during his final year of training. Dr. Baill then completed a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University.

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