Thorward joins SEARHC staff in Sitka

Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2009

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that psychiatrist Dr. Sul Ross O. "SR" Thorward has joined the behavioral health provider staff at the Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít outpatient behavioral health clinic in Sitka.

Courtesy Of The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
Courtesy Of The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

Thorward has more than 30 years of experience as a psychiatrist and health care administrator. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio and he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Texas in Austin. Thorward completed an internship at Providence Hospital in Seattle and he completed his psychiatric residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is board-certified in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and he serves as an examiner in general psychiatry for the same organization.

"SR's vast experience in education, research and publication, representation on multiple state boards and national committees, and his legislative experience make him not only a great psychiatrist for our clinic, but a great mentor for our staff as well," said Rand West, clinic director for Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít.

During his career, Thorward has served as a unit director for the San Antonio State Hospital in Texas; director of outpatient and short-term services for Harding Hospital in Columbus, Ohio; chief of behavioral health at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash.; president and CEO of Harding Hospital; administrative director of Ohio State University-Harding Hospital after the hospital's merger with the university; a psychiatrist for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and a member of the Board of Trustees for OSU-Harding Hospital. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) honored Thorward with a 2008 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award; he is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; and three times he was an Outstanding Faculty winner from The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry.

"My wife and I treasure small-town life and look forward to working with the tribal communities of Southeast Alaska," Thorward said.

Thorward's medical interests are community health systems, advocacy for mental health and health care financing. His personal interests include the Seventh Day Adventist Church, photography, hiking, theater and fishing.

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