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DHS news release


May 11, 2005                 


Contact: Jim Sellers (503) 945-5738

Program contact: Bob Nikkel (503) 945-9708


Veteran state manager named to head Pendleton state hospital

A state manager with nearly 20 years’ experience delivering mental health services has been named superintendent of 60-bed Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center (EOPC), effective June 1.


He is Terrel Rudolf, 58, who for nearly 15 years worked at EOPC and Oregon State Hospital in Salem. He succeeds Maxine Stone, who resigned after six years as EOPC superintendent to spend a year traveling.


Rudolf, who joined the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) as a child-welfare caseworker in 1972, held various Oregon State Hospital management positions in treatment programs from 1992 until January of this year. He was support services director at the Pendleton psychiatric center for the two years prior to joining the State Hospital and, before that, was DHS’ child-welfare manager in Umatilla County for seven years.


In the 1970s he also held supervisory positions with the Jackson and Douglas county mental health departments and served as director of Lake County’s mental health department.


“I was impressed with Terrel’s interest in continuing the good work at the psychiatric center and his strong belief that staff make the hospital work,” said Bob Nikkel, administrator of the DHS Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services. “Although Terrell has lived in Salem in recent years, he sees Pendleton as home.” Since leaving DHS in January, Rudolf has worked at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton.


Nikkel said Rudolf’s high-priority responsibilities will include recruiting and retaining physicians, advancing the hospital’s nationally recognized model for patient recovery, and further implementing research-supported medical practices.


“EOPC has provided leadership for mental health services for many years,” Rudolf said, “advocating innovation and progress in the treatment of persons with mental illness.”


The new superintendent has served on the Pendleton School Board and on the Umatilla County Commission on Children and Families.


Rudolf holds a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s in social studies/education, both from the University of Oregon.


EOPC is one of three state hospital campuses that DHS operates.