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DHS news release

February 23, 2005           

Contact: Jim Sellers (503) 945-5738

Program contact: Maxine Stone (541) 276-0810 ext. 332


Maxine Stone leaving top job at Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center


Oregon Department of Human Services officials will meet this week to begin planning leadership continuity for Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center in Pendleton, whose superintendent said this week she is leaving to spend a year traveling.


Maxine Stone, superintendent of the 60-bed facility since February 1999, tendered her resignation to Bob Nikkel, administrator of the DHS Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She called it "the most challenging and rewarding job I have ever had," and said she "will always value this experience and the fine staff I have worked with."


"Maxine has done an incredibly effective job as superintendent," Nikkel said. "Under her leadership, the state hospital has made great strides toward making the recovery model a reality for its patients."


Stone's last day on the job will be June 2. She said she plans to take at least a year off, travel in Mexico and learn the language.


Nikkel said DHS would look at the role of EOPC, which serves patients from Eastern Oregon counties, in the state-hospital system that also includes campuses in Salem and Portland.


Before assuming the top job at EOPC, Stone worked in community mental health programs, including as clinical director of a 96-bed hospital in San Leandro, Calif., and became executive director of Mental Health Partners Inc. in Portland in 1991. During 1997-98 she took a break from mental health work to start a folk-art gallery in Portland, and she said she may return to mental health or other community work next year. Stone holds a master's degree in social work from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.