New Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at MWI

Wednesday 4 December 2019: BHB today announces that Tawanna Wedderburn has been appointed as the new Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. She takes on the role from Monday 9 December 2019 as Mr Glenn Caisey, who held the position for more than 20 years, is retiring from this post.

Reporting to the Vice President, Clinical Operations (MWI), Mr Preston Swan, the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services is responsible for the quality and direction of community and inpatient mental health services for adults and Child & Adolescent Services.

Mr Swan comments: “I am very pleased to welcome Ms Wedderburn back to MWI in this critical role. I would like to thank Mr Caisey for his leadership and dedicated service over many years. We expect a smooth transition of leadership with Ms Wedderburn’s experience and understanding of MWI and mental health in Bermuda and are looking forward to exciting times in the mental health arena. MWI employees are in the early stages of developing services with amazing partners such as Johns Hopkins and most recently East London NHS Trust who have shared their experiences on their quality improvement journey within mental health. Ms Wedderburn is well placed to lead the team in this process as we seek to improve outcomes for people in Bermuda suffering from mental illness.”

Ms Wedderburn worked at MWI in Child and Adolescent Services for six years between 2002 and 2008 as a family therapist and Acting Programme Manager following two years working as a crisis intervention worker in Toronto. She worked as an adoption worker then family consultant for the Department of Child and Family Services between 2002 and 2010. She has a keen interest in ethics and was a long serving member of the BHB Ethics Committee. From 2007 to 2018 she was employed by the Bermuda Health Council as Programme Manager from 2007, the Director of Health Regulation from 2011 and CEO from 2015.

Ms Wedderburn achieved a Bachelor of Arts from York University in 1993, a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 1998 and gained a post graduate certificate in couple and family therapy from the University of Guelph in 2006. She has received additional training in health systems and health insurance from the World Bank, Harvard University’s School of Public Health and Schulich School of Business. She sits on the Board of the Westmeath Residential and Nursing Care Home, and the Berkeley Institute Board of Governors. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and Bermuda Counselors Association.

Ms Wedderburn comments: “I’m excited to be returning to MWI in this leadership role as we work to update the strategy for mental health services in Bermuda. I already know there is a wonderful team of professionals and support staff in place providing high quality services, and I look forward to working with them and our external partners to further develop mental health services.”

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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

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