Meet the new president and CEO of Samaritan Behavioral Health

Samaritan Behavioral Health has named a new president and CEO.

The Dayton behavioral health center, part of Premier Health, has promoted chief of clinical operations Beth Esposito to take over for longtime president Sue McGatha, who stepped down Sept. 2., according to a statement from Samaritan.

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Samaritan Behavioral Health has crisis, mental health, substance abuse and psychiatric services.

Esposito has been with Premier since 2008 and prior to that served as clinical director of English Manor/Emergency Services at Dunn Mental Health Center in Richmond, Ind.

She holds a master’s degree from University of Dayton and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manchester College.

McGatha had joined Good Samaritan Hospital in 1985 as an adolescent mental health therapist in school-based services.

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She led team efforts to start the first psychiatric intensive care unit in Montgomery County at Good Samaritan Hospital and later oversaw the creation of Samaritan CrisisCare and Samaritan Behavioral Health, Inc.

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