Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital Names New CEO

Jane Van Bramer to lead the new 126-bed behavioral health facility.

Lancaster, PA (November 28, 2017) — Jayne Van Bramer has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, effective November 27, 2017. Van Bramer will lead the new 126-bed behavioral health facility which is currently under construction and expected to open in the summer of 2018, greatly expanding access to inpatient and outpatient mental-health treatment for the region.

Jayne Van Bramer CEO Lancaster Behavioral Health HospitalVan Bramer recently served as the Vice President of Behavioral Health at Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, where she led the revitalization of the behavioral health service by increasing patient census, enhancing recovery oriented programming and practices, improving patient and family satisfaction scores, strengthening key quality indicators and enhancing community suicide prevention efforts and police Crisis Intervention Training. In this role, Van Bramer improved the facility’s credibility with the community, expanded working relationships with local universities and was appointed to the national Corporate Behavioral Health Council.

As a result of her leadership, Brandywine Hospital held the first state licensing survey with zero deficiencies since the program’s inception.

From 2013 to 2015, Van Bramer served as Senior Associate Commissioner for the Child and Adult State Operations for the New York State Office of Mental Health in Albany, NY. In this role, Van Bramer oversaw budget management for State Operations of $89 million, over 10,000 employees, over 25,000 individuals in care, and 19 State Hospital Executive Directors. While there, Van Bramer improved outcomes related to suicide prevention, continuity of care, length of stay, engagement and health and wellness. In addition, she ensured the adoption and delivery of evidence-based treatment, care and trauma-informed practices.

Prior to that, Van Bramer served in roles of increasing responsibility for the New York State Office of Mental Health including serving as Senior Associate Commissioner for Adult State Operations; Division Director for Quality Management; Director for Quality Improvement; Director for Quality Assurance; and the Director of Program Evaluation.

“I am pleased to welcome Jayne to Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital and to the Lancaster community,” said Debbie Osteen, President, Behavioral Health Division, Universal Health Services. “She brings a strong track record of positive patient outcomes, leadership and operational capabilities to the team. I am confident her experience both at Brandywine Hospital and at the New York State Office of Mental Health will be invaluable in helping us continue in our mission of providing exceptional mental health care to the residents of Lancaster.”

“We are excited for Jayne’s extensive expertise in successfully leading a complex facility like this, consistent with our high standards,” said Jan Bergen, President & CEO, Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine. “She will serve as a true champion for the growing and diverse range of essential behavioral-health services we’re bringing to our region.”

Van Bramer earned her Master’s of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York College at Oswego, her Master’s of Arts with distinction in Applied Research and Evaluation from Hofstra University in New York, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

She has three grown children living in the Philadelphia area.

About Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital

Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital is a joint venture between Universal Health Services and Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine. The facility will feature Lancaster County’s only dedicated inpatient unit for adolescents, as well as a dedicated women’s trauma unit, for sexual-assault victims or women with a history of traumatic injuries because of domestic violence. Slated to open in mid-2018, the hospital will also offer day-treatment services for adolescent, dual-diagnosis, older-adult, and substance-abuse patients.

About Universal Health Services

One of the nation’s largest and most respected hospital companies, Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Steadily growing from a startup to an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, UHS today has annual revenue nearing $10 billion. In 2017, UHS was recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #276 on the Fortune 500, and listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies.

Our operating philosophy is as effective today as it was 40 years ago: Build or acquire high quality hospitals in rapidly growing markets, invest in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and become the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve.

Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 81,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates more than 320 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers in the United States, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.

About Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine

Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine (LG Health/Penn Medicine), a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), is a 631-licensed bed not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), Women & Babies Hospital and the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (in partnership with Kindred Healthcare). Its membership in Penn Medicine brings together the strengths of a world-renowned, not-for-profit academic medical center and a nationally recognized, not-for-profit community healthcare system.

Outpatient services are provided at Downtown and Suburban pavilions, along with additional outpatient centers and Express and Urgent Care locations throughout the region. Lancaster General Health Physicians is a network of more than 300 primary-care and specialty physicians, at more than 40 offices throughout the region.

Designated four times as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, LGH has been recognized regionally and nationally for clinical excellence and patient safety; and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Pennsylvania’s sixth best hospital in 2017-18.


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