mhca congratulates James (Jamie) Stewart who will succeed Grafton Integrated Health Network CEO Jim Gaynor upon his retirement on June 30, 2016.
Gaynor began his journey at Grafton in 2002 when he set a directive for the organization to minimize the use of restraint and seclusion without compromising client or employee safety. Leaders throughout the organization developed remarkable tools to make this mandate a reality, ultimately creating the “Ukeru” program in order to help other organizations benefit from its own successful experience. In addition to spearheading the minimization of restraint initiative, Gaynor developed REBOOT (Reliable Evidence Based Outcomes Optimization Technologies), a software-as-service platform integrating treatment goal mastery, real time communication between members of the trans-disciplinary team and clinical decision support capabilities. The patents for both Ukeru and REBOOT are believed to be the first in the behavioral healthcare industry.
In November 2014, Gaynor founded ProEventa, Inc. as an opportunity to bring the intellectual property and best practices developed at Grafton to organizations across the world.
Stewart joined Grafton in August 2008 as Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President. As a successful financial and administrative leader, he has over twenty years of progressive experience in a healthcare environment. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer at The Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) in Bloomington, Indiana where he spearheaded the implementation of an electronic client record system. This implementation and development subsequently was awarded by HIMSS the prestigious Herman E. Davies Award in 2006, becoming one of the few behavioral healthcare organizations to have been honored since the award’s inception in 1995. He also was a key executive leader in the first ever multi-state merger of community mental health centers creating a combined service entity of three separate corporations with over $200 million in annual revenues across more than 30 counties in two states.
Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s in Business Administration with a Healthcare Administration Concentration from Indiana Wesleyan University.
“I would like to thank Grafton’s Board of Directors for giving me this opportunity to lead this organization and its amazing staff. I have had the privilege to work with this team for the past eight years and look forward to stepping into the very large shoes left by Jim Gaynor and the legacy he has left with Grafton,” shared Stewart.