CEO resigns from Connecticut psychiatric hospital

Hal Smith has resigned as CEO of Whiting Forensic Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Middletown, Conn.

The state department of mental health and addiction services confirmed the Feb. 26 resignation in a statement shared with Becker's Hospital Review, but it did not provide a reason for his departure. 

Mr. Smith was named CEO of Whiting Forensic Hospital June 1, 2018.

During his tenure, various innovative initiatives were implemented to improve care and safety, a news release from the state said.

Mr. Smith also led the hospital after it separated from Middletown-based Connecticut Valley Hospital following a 2017 patient abuse scandal at Connecticut Valley Hospital's Whiting forensic division.

The department has named Jose Crego, COO of Whiting Forensic Hospital, as acting CEO.


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