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John Burt Appointed Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services Commissioner

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 05, 2005  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Vikki Franklin (502)564-6786  

Statewide News Release     Contact: Gwenda Bond or Vikki Franklin

John Burt Appointed Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services Commissioner
Ft. Thomas Native to Provide Strong Leadership for MH/MR System

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2005) John Burt, Ed.D., has been appointed commissioner of the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services (MH/MR) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).

 “I’m very pleased to announce Dr. Burt’s appointment to this vital position,” said CHFS Secretary James W. Holsinger Jr., M.D. “Our entire mental health and mental retardation system is in need of the kind of strong leadership and vision that Dr. Burt will provide. The Commonwealth is extremely fortunate to have someone with his caliber of experience on board during these challenging times.”

 Burt, a Ft. Thomas native, previously served as director of the division of administration and financial management in the Department for Public Health (DPH). He has an extensive 35-year background in health care in Kentucky, including managing medical and institutional advancement programs for hospitals, healthcare facilities, universities and a health insurance company. His 20 years of experience as a senior executive in hospital settings includes stints at St. Luke Hospitals of Ft. Thomas, Baptist Regional Medical Center of Corbin, Baptist Healthcare System of Louisville and Central Baptist Hospital of Lexington.

 Burt received his Ed.D. degree from Vanderbilt University, his M.B.A. in hospital administration from Xavier University and his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University. He is a past member of the Kentucky Hospital Association Board of Trustees and the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board, among many others.

 “I’m honored to have the opportunity to participate in developing a new vision for how Kentucky takes care of individuals with mental health or mental retardation,” said Burt.
 MH/MR’s mission is to provide leadership--in partnership with other agencies, groups and individuals--to prevent disability, build resilience in individuals and their communities, and facilitate recovery for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness, mental retardation, developmental disability, substance abuse or an acquired brain injury.



Last Updated 10/5/2005