Community Health Network is pleased to announce Suzanne F. Clifford as the new executive vice president of behavioral health. She takes on her new role February 25, heading up Community’s behavioral health operations and replacing Eric Crouse, who is retiring after nearly 34 years of service to the network.
“Suzanne has a passion for behavioral health in all of its aspects, especially the idea of recovery,” said Tom Malasto, chief operating officer of Community Hospitals of Indiana. “She is a true crusader in the quest to help clients build healthier, more fulfilling lives, through not only more effective therapies, but also new ideas in prevention and early intervention, public education and focusing on the whole person—integrating physical and behavioral health alike. That aligns perfectly with our mission here.”
Clifford most recently has led Inspiring Transformations, Inc., an Indianapolis-based consulting firm she founded to help build community coalitions that transform the delivery of mental health and substance abuse care. She previously was appointed by two governors to be director of the state of Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction, where she was in charge of delivering behavioral health and addiction treatment to more than 100,000 people annually across the state. She also has held multiple internal consulting and management positions at Eli Lilly & Co., all focused on improving outcomes for patients, and she served as a managing supervisor and engineer for General Motors.
Clifford earned a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University, and a bachelor of science in industrial and systems engineering from The Ohio State University.