A New Year: A New Leader Armed with Impressive Strategic Initiatives

February 3rd, 2014

From the CEO
Scott Burgess

2014 will be a year of exciting transitions and transformations for my family, myself and the David Lawrence Center as I proudly and humbly begin my term as Chief Executive Officer of this wonderful organization.

I’ve relocated to Naples, after an almost 22-year career with Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health – an arm of a large multi-hospital healthcare network in Arlington Heights, Illinois. I began working as an entry level vocational counselor and progressed to Executive Director – a position I held for the last five years.

During my tenure there I served as a psychotherapist working with the child, adolescent and adult populations and ultimately worked my way up to Manager of Aftercare Services, Director of Program Services and Director of Research. Through this process, I’ve gained detailed knowledge about all facets of community mental health and I’m excited to get to work applying that to furthering the mission the David Lawrence Center.

“Working together, I know we can increase access to care and advance help, healing and hope to those critically needing support.”

From my first day on the job, I’ve been completely impressed with the level of expertise, professionalism, care and commitment to quality that already exists here. There is also an amazing foundation of support in the community. I am eager to take part in working with donors, businesses, community leaders and government officials to help the Center grow in order to meet the increased community needs, as well as successfully navigate the ever-changing healthcare environment.

In order to move forward with our future, the Board hired a national advisor to help guide us in a manner consistent with national and local trends in needs, services and resourcing. I’ve been working with this advisor to overlay all the wonderful insights and ideas DLC staff provided in the development of the “Plan for Organizational Excellence.” These documents will serve as our cornerstone to realize our vision.

We will accomplish our vision by building on the excellence that exists by expanding services and adding new innovations that will keep us a cutting-edge provider, leading the field in Southwest Florida and beyond. Exciting times are here and on the horizon.

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