Talbott Recovery Appoints Interim CEO/Managing Director
Talbott Recovery is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Manning, M.S. HCA as it’s Interim CEO/Managing Director while we proceed with recruitment efforts to replace recently retired CEO, Benjamin Underwood.
Steve Manning joined Talbott in 2013 with a passion for helping individuals and families that are affected by the disease of addiction. Before being named Interim CEO, Steve had advanced through multiple positions while at Talbott, most recently serving as Assistant Director of Clinical Services. He received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Mercer University in 1991 and a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration at Mercer in 2000. He is currently in the process of achieving his CAC credential. He and his wife Allison have three beautiful girls. Steve’s personal interests include exercising and golf.
Talbott Recovery CEO, Benjamin H. Underwood, FACHE Announces Retirement
After nearly five decades of service in the field of behavioral health and addiction treatment, Ben Underwood, CEO/Managing Director of Talbott Recovery Campus, has announced his retirement effective August 15, 2014.
After graduating from The University of Georgia and serving in the U.S. Air Force, Ben began his career in the mid-1960s as Associate Administrator of Atlanta’s Metropolitan Psychiatric Center, later serving as President and CEO. He served as CEO of Ridgeview Institute from 1977-1983 prior to serving as President and CEO of Safe Centers, which operated chemical dependency programs around the southeast. Ben was instrumental in co-developing and opening the Talbott Recovery Program with G. Douglas Talbott, M.D. and has served as CEO since 1985. Mr. Underwood’s partnership with Dr. Talbott resulted in an addiction treatment program that has long been recognized as the gold standard in the treatment of addictive diseases and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
Ben has been a strong leader in the division over the past 14 years. His passion for recovery and his integrity and vision has made a lasting impact in the lives of thousands of physicians, nurses, pilots and other non-professionals who struggled with addiction. In 2009 Ben formally expanded the Talbott service offering to young adults when he opened Talbott at Dunwoody with Dr. Mike Fishman. This program has changed the lives of many young adults over the past five years. Through Ben’s efforts, Talbott expanded again when he opened Talbott Recovery at Columbus in Columbus, Georgia.
In his distinguished career, Ben has won many awards including the UHS Chairman’s Council, the NAATP Quality Improvement and Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Georgia Hospital Association’s Chairman’s and Gold Honor Award of Excellence.
Ben has also been an active member of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) for several decades and served on the NAPHS Board of Trustees in the 1980’s. Ben is a founding member of the NAPHS Addiction Treatment Committee which was formed in 2010 to provide a forum within the association for discussion and recommendation of action plans related to issues affecting addiction treatment providers and the patients they serve. Ben has played a leadership role on that committee especially with respect to the implementation of the mental health and addiction parity law and regulations.
As Ben retires he will be assisting in the transition as a new CEO is recruited but most of his time will be spent with his wife, children and grandchildren in the North Georgia Mountains.
We are very grateful to Ben for his many years of loyal service and for his tireless efforts to positively impact the lives of numerous individuals and families struggling with mental illness and addiction. He is an exemplary individual, the ultimate professional and a true southern gentleman, who will be missed tremendously by all of us in the company that have had the pleasure to work with him over the years.
Please join me in congratulating Ben on his distinguished career and a very well-deserved retirement.
Debbie Osteen, President, UHS Behavioral Health Division