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New CEO joins SERV

Regina Widdows, an experienced healthcare management professional in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has been named the new President/Chief Executive Officer of SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc., a 42-year-old statewide nonprofit organization headquartered in Ewing. Ms. Widdows replaces Gary van Nostrand, who retired in August after 15 years as President/CEO.

In making the announcement, SERV’s Chairman of the Board Richard Anderson said, “Regina joins SERV having built a successful career serving consumers with mental health needs and intellectual/developmental disabilities. With critical executive-level experience, Regina will lead SERV as our company expands its offerings to populations in need.”

“It is an incredible honor to lead and contribute to such a well-respected, innovative organization within the field of behavioral health,” Ms. Widdows said. “I will be committed to maintaining and refocusing our energies on SERV’s core mission, and the performance necessary to accomplish our initiatives. We will build upon our strengths and deep rooted legacy to ensure our sustainability and success, and execute on our collaborative strategy in the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare.”

Ms. Widdows’ most recent position was as Senior Vice President of Program and Clinical Operations at Bancroft, a behavioral health organization with sites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Previously, she held executive positions in hospital systems in Pennsylvania, including Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania and Brandywine Hospital, and was Associate Executive Director of Lenape Valley Foundation in Doylestown, Pa.

A resident of Ivyland, Pa., Ms. Widdows received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from West Chester University, West Chester, Pa.; and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia.

On her first day at SERV, Ms. Widdows addressed the staff in the corporate office on Scotch Road and via videoconferencing to offices throughout the state. She said she plans to meet with staff personally in town hall-type settings to hear their ideas as to how SERV may improve and enhance its provision of services. 

“Together, we will accomplish our goals, stay true to the organizational mission, and continue to provide exceptional care,” she said.

SERV Achievement has new Chief Operating Officer

Damaris Piliro, a longtime advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), recently joined SERV Behavioral Health System as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SERV Achievement Centers, Inc. In this position, she is responsible for the management of a variety of services provided to individuals with I/DD and youth with behavioral challenges and emotional problems.

Ms. Piliro has more than 20 years of progressive operations and leadership experience, with much of her work focused on working with people of all ages with I/DD.

Prior to joining SERV, Ms. Piliro was COO at Generations Home Care in Delaware where she was in charge of overall program planning, development, administration and evaluation. Previously, she held various director-level roles at Loving Care Agency, NJ Mentor, Bayada Nurses and Beechwood Brain Injury Program.

Ms. Piliro earned her MBA in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix-Philadelphia campus and her bachelor’s in psychology from Rutgers University, where she was a member of Psi Chi National Honor Society. She is bilingual and speaks fluent Spanish.

In defining her goals for SERV Achievement Centers, Ms. Piliro said she will focus on growth — ensuring that the company continues to develop its core business of providing safe and nurturing homes for individuals with I/DD, as well as building a consistent team among her staff with the “key standard of excellence, integrity and commitment.”

SERV names new Facilities Director

Byron Reid, Facility Manager for SERV Properties and Management, has been named the new Director of Facilities for SERV Behavioral Health System.

Among other duties, the Director of Facilities is responsible for supervising SERV’s Facility Managers in all regions where SERV operates and ensures that all corporate facilities comply with local and state regulations.

Mr. Reid joined SERV Centers of New Jersey in 1997 and worked as a Counselor and Senior Residential Counselor before joining SERV Properties and Management in 2003 as a Facility Manager.

Mr. Reid replaces Facilities Director Mark Dombroski, who is retiring August 12.

Dr. Gochfeld named president of Mercer County Medical Society

SERV’s Medical Director, Dr. Linda Gochfeld, recently was inducted as president of the Mercer County Medical Society, headquartered in Lawrenceville, N.J.

The Mercer County Medical Society is a local component of The Medical Society of New Jersey, whose mission is “to promote the betterment of the public health and the science and the art of medicine, to enlighten public opinion in regard to the problems of medicine, and to safeguard the rights of the practitioners of medicine.” Physician members use their collective strength to have an impact on legislation, regulations, and managed care.

Dr. Gochfeld is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She has worked for SERV for 17 years, providing psychiatric services for consumers with SERV Centers of New Jersey’s Adapt partial-care day program. She also meets regularly with the clinical staff of each of the five counties where SERV Centers of N.J. operates and consults on complex cases. Her focus is on medication issues, symptoms and diagnosis, the Recovery Model, and behavioral issues. She also keeps abreast of changes in the healthcare system, bringing information to the staff and, likewise, taking their concerns to statewide advocacy groups. She presents a 3-hour unit to newly hired staff on Major Mental Illness, Substance Abuse with Mental Illness, and Psychotropic Medications.

Dr. Gochfeld, who has a small private psychiatric practice in Princeton, is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Among her many honors, she received in 2013 Platinum Award from the New Jersey Psychiatric Association.