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New CEO announced for Baycrest

TORONTO – Baycrest announced that it has chosen a new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. William E. Reichman (pictured) will join one of the world’s premier academic health sciences centres focused on aging, brain functioning and mental health on July 1, 2007. An internationally-known expert in geriatric mental health and dementia, Dr. Reichman brings with him an outstanding clinical, academic and executive leadership background from the U.S.

He is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, where he also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and President of the Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group.

A noted authority on the delivery of mental healthcare in nursing home settings, he has lectured extensively at major meetings in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His academic activities have focused on the pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and the associated negative symptoms and apathy in this disorder.

“I feel remarkably privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead Baycrest, a vital asset of the community, Canada and the world,” says Dr. Reichman, who is Past-President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, an international body with American and Canadian members.

Dr. Reichman takes over from Stephen W. Herbert, who steps down as President and CEO of Baycrest after 17 years at the helm. Mr. Herbert laid the groundwork for Baycrest to become the internationally recognized leader in the care of older adults, particularly in the areas of brain functioning and mental health.