(Durham, NC) – Alliance Behavioral Healthcare has named two additions to the leadership of its Care Management Division. Dr. Beth Melcher, who has been serving as interim Executive Vice President for Clinical Operations for the past several months, has assumed that position on a permanent basis, and Dr. Katherine Hobbs Knutson is Alliance’s new Chief Medical Officer.
Before assuming her interim role, Dr. Melcher was Chief of Network Development and Evaluation at Alliance. Prior to coming to Alliance she served as Assistant Secretary for MH/DD/SA Services Development and then Chief Deputy Secretary for Health Services for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Her distinguished career also includes stints as President/CEO of Recovery Innovations North Carolina, Clinical Director for The Durham Center, and Executive Director of NAMI North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Hobbs Knutson comes to Alliance from the Duke University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, where she practiced in emergency and outpatient settings. She is an adult and child psychiatrist with extensive clinical experience in underserved community settings treating children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders that are significantly impacted by the social determinants of health. Dr. Hobbs Knutson also has conducted health services research focused on innovative state programs to improve identification of and access to care for youth with behavioral health disorders.
“Based on my clinical and research experiences, I believe that prevention of and early targeted intervention for pediatric mental health problems would substantially improve health outcomes and lower costs across the multiple public systems serving children,” she said. “At Alliance I plan to use my roles as a clinician and administrator to fuel these changes.”
Prior to her position at Duke, Dr. Hobbs Knutson was the Director of Community Psychiatry at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC, and in 2014 served as Associate Medical Director for Psychiatry for the Massachusetts state Medicaid program. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where she received the George C. Thrasher Jr. Award for outstanding performance and ability in psychiatry.
“Under the leadership of Dr. Melcher and Dr. Hobbs Knutson I have no doubt that Alliance will only enhance its reputation for clinical excellence in the management of behavioral healthcare in North Carolina,” said Alliance CEO Rob Robinson. “Their experience and expertise are critical to our commitment to population health management to address health and well-being among the people we serve, as we shift toward proactive approaches for promoting prevention, wellness, early identification and tailored intervention programs.”