Two Netsmart Clients Honored as 2012 Behavioral Healthcare Champions by Behavioral Healthcare Magazine

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Executives Recognized for Outstanding Leadership in Mental Health Community

Phil and Mary represent the embodiment of the ‘we’re in this together’ spirit. They bring unity and connectivity to the behavioral health community.

Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services organizations nationwide, congratulates two clients who were named 2012 Behavioral Healthcare Champions by Behavioral Healthcare magazine.

The awards are presented to outstanding CEOs or executive directors of community behavioral health organizations whose impact, talent, service to the field, and concern for others reflects the best that the profession's leaders have to offer. Honored 2012 Champions were announced in the July/August 2012 issue of Behavioral Healthcare magazine and will be honored at a special ceremony during the National Council on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) and co-located Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit, which will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Sept. 28 - October 2, 2012.

Behavioral Healthcare magazine’s 2012 Healthcare Champions include these Netsmart clients:

  • Phil Eaton, president/chief executive officer, Rosecrance Health Network, Rockford, Ill., a Netsmart client since 2006. For more than 40 years, Eaton has served and provided excellent leadership in the chemical dependency and behavioral health fields. His vision continues to expand the use of technology to support an integrated model of behavioral health services.
  • Mary Ruiz, president/chief executive officer, Manatee Glens, Bradenton, Fla., a Netsmart client partner since 1989. Ruiz is a trusted resource in the behavioral health community. She is a strong advocate for Meaningful Use education within the industry and how technology supports today’s healthcare environment through improved care, service and safety.

“Phil and Mary represent the embodiment of the ‘we’re in this together’ spirit. They bring unity and connectivity to the behavioral health community,” said Michael Valentine, chief executive officer, Netsmart. “They are leaders, mentors, and advocates – exactly the kind of people you want leading your team. We’re grateful to have both as Netsmart partners. Their commitment to helping the industry embrace change and maximize technology has undoubtedly had a lasting impact on both those who work in health and human services and those they serve.”

About Netsmart

Netsmart helps health and human services organizations transform care through the collaborative, coordinated management and exchange of clinical data across the care spectrum and through effective practice management that improves revenue cycle management. More than 20,000 client organizations, including 350,000 care providers and more than 40 state systems, use Netsmart products to help improve the quality of life for tens of millions of people each year. Netsmart clients include mental health and substance use treatment agencies, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, social services and child and family health agencies, vital records offices, and managed care organizations. Netsmart’s products are full-featured information systems that operate on a variety of operating systems, hardware platforms, and mobile devices, and offer unlimited scalability.

Netsmart provides the solutions and expertise that help its clients meet all the criteria for Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Building upon Netsmart’s Complete ARRA-Certified EHRs, Netsmart clients can also create a complete connected care environment encompassing e-prescribing and order entry, sharing clinical information and lab results, and using Web portals to provide secure and private consumer access to care information.

Netsmart is also pleased to support the EveryDay Matters Foundation, which was established for organizations within the behavioral and public health communities to learn from each other and share their causes and stories. Organizations can also request grants for their cause or to help fund technology that advances the way care is delivered. For more information, visit

For information about Netsmart’s full range of solutions for health and human services organizations, visit or call 1-800-472-5509. Also follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and visit us on YouTube.

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