In his role as Chief Medical Officer, primary goals will include enhancing timely, high quality care at RWC, significantly reducing wait times, and providing families more rapid access to improve care and decreasing the burden on our community partners such as local emergency rooms.
With training in child and adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Hash will help close the gap in specialized behavioral health care for children and adolescents in Darke and Miami counties. Cynthia Cook, Executive Director of the Recovery and Wellness Centers, said Dr. Hash's "style and knowledge in child/adolescent/family issues is something that is much needed in our communities."
Cook continued: "Darke County, in particular, has not had a child specialist in several years as these specialists are few and far between. Now we will have child/adolescent specific physician services as well as our other ongoing services for this population, which include therapy and community psychiatric support services in both Darke and Miami counties."
Dr. Hash said there is a critical need for child and adolescent behavioral health care. "There's a shortage anywhere you go," he said. "We want to make sure kids are in the right kind of care. Primary care physicians provide about 50 percent of mental health treatment, but write about 75 percent of anti-psychotic medications. Kids are not tiny adults. Their bodies and brains are in growth mode."
Dr. Hash continued: "If we see a medical need, we want to treat it appropriately. We want to be very conservative and prescribe very responsibly. Medications are part of the solution, but the real value is with therapists and family counselors. That's part of my attraction to the specialty."
In his role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hash will oversee medical operations, prescribing practices, scheduling and personnel. Recovery and Wellness "has a high no-show and cancellation rate. We want to turn that around," he said. "We want to increase capacity without spending more. There are plenty of examples out there that we can apply here."
In addition to practicing in university, community, inpatient, and outpatient settings, Dr. Hash also has private practice experience. He has also worked diligently to identify new areas in which technology can be applied for the benefit of patients and their families in the community mental health settings. This includes founding a telemedicine program in Northwest Ohio with almost 3500 telemedicine encounters, increasing access to care for families in a seven-county area.
Dr. Hash is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) and Adult Psychiatry. He completed his CAP Fellowship at the University of Kentucky and his adult residency training at Henry Ford Health System. Further, he served as Chief Resident in both training programs.
Dr. Hash is a graduate of the Pikeville (Ky.) College School of Osteopathic Medicine. He also holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering (Human Factors) from the University of Central Florida. Prior to starting his career as a physician, Dr. Hash served as an officer in the United States Air Force. His assignments included a stint at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.