Lisa St. Aubyn, CEO of Research Psychiatric Center

HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer, has appointed Lisa J. St. Aubyn as Chief Executive Officer of Research Psychiatric Center, a campus of Research Medical Center. St. Aubyn replaces retiring CEO Richard Failla.  Research Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System.  Research Psychiatric Center is one of the largest providers of behavioral healthcare services in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area and one of the few comprehensive inpatient facilities.

St. Aubyn is responsible for the 100-bed Research Psychiatric Center in addition to a 25-bed inpatient service at Research Medical Center, two outpatient clinics located in Missouri and a 10- bed GeroPsych unit at Cass Regional Medical Center.

St. Aubyn is a veteran behavioral health executive who brings a rich strategic, operational, clinical and marketing background, along with leadership skills, to Research Psychiatric Center.   She Joined HCA in 2013 as Regional Vice President for HCA Behavioral Division, responsible for 10 different behavioral health programs in the North and West Florida divisions.

Prior to that St. Aubyn was Vice President of Operations, Behavioral Health at Horizon Health in Lewisville, Texas where she was responsible for the implementation, management, retention and expansion of contracts at assigned hospitals.  During her tenure, St. Aubyn successfully managed contracts in multiple markets across the U.S., with 98 percent retention of assigned programs over two years, and spearheaded expansion of services in multiple locations.

“Research Psychiatric Center and the residents of the Kansas City area will be greatly served by Lisa’s depth of experience and passion for patient-focused clinical programs,” says M.L. Lagarde III, President, HCA Midwest Health System. 

“Lisa is well-versed in developing and leading teams of excellent, passionate behavioral health professionals,” says Jackie DeSouza, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Research Medical Center.  “She also has considerable strengths in conceptualizing, developing and orchestrating patient-centric clinical programs through strong team development, strategic marketing, training, and leadership, emphasizing ethical standards.”

St. Aubyn’s well-regarded career also includes experience in private behavioral health practice, CEO/COO and Director of Residential Treatment and Director of Clinical Services at CPC College Meadows Hospital in Lenexa and outpatient therapist at Heart of America Family Services in Kansas City, Kansas.  St. Aubyn received a Bachelor of Social work degree from the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas where she also earned her Master of Social Work degree. 

“I look forward to joining one of Kansas City’s true behavioral health assets that provides comprehensive, quality, patient-centered care and clinical programs,” says St. Aubyn.  “Staff is the backbone of an organization’s success, and Research Psychiatric Center has a team that is mission-driven and collaborative. And, it is exciting to be part of Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and to build upon the strong foundation that Richard Failla established during his time as Research Psychiatric Center CEO.”

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