N.H. Appoints Insider to Run Psychiatric Facility

Sep 19, 2017

Credit Thomas Fearon

The Department of Health and Human Services appointed someone from within as the new leader of New Hampshire Hospital and the Glencliff Home.

DHHS Commissioner Jeff Meyers named his deputy, Lori Shibinette, as the facilities' new CEO starting October 20.

"After conducting a national search, it was apparent that Lori is uniquely suited to the position due to her experience in healthcare management, policy and innovation, as well as her clinical background," Meyers said in a press release announcing the appointment on Monday.

It's been a tumultuous few months for the state psychiatric institution. There was the ouster of the facility's CEO and then public disputes with the state’s largest healthcare provider. 

Shibinette joined the state health department last year, after serving as the head of the Merrimack County Nursing Home.

New Hampshire Hospital’s previous CEO was asked to step down in May, after reports that the hospital wasn’t being staffed at the levels it was supposed to be.

The state’s entire mental health system has been under strain in recent years — as patients struggle to get timely treatment at the state hospital and elsewhere.