Apr 2nd, 2019
NEW ORLEANS (April 2, 2019) – “Do the right thing and good things will happen” is the motto by which Deborah Spiers lives and works. In her role as administrator of Oceans Behavioral Hospital Greater New Orleans, Spiers focuses on treating her colleagues, patients and community partners with honesty, support and compassion.
For this and other reasons, New Orleans CityBusiness named Spiers one of its Health Care Heroes of 2019. This honor recognizes 50 health care professionals in Greater New Orleans for their contributions to their industry and communities.
“Deb is passionate about helping the geriatric community and is committed to our patients, our colleagues and our organization,” said Stuart Archer, CEO of Oceans Healthcare. “I cannot count the number of lives she has impacted during her decade of service with our company and am grateful that she chose to be a part of our team. Through her knowledge, experience and heartfelt commitment, she lifts up our organization and drives us to be our best each day. She is a true hero to us and those who work with her daily.”
Spiers has served as administrator of Oceans Behavioral Hospital Greater New Orleans, a geriatric inpatient behavioral health facility, for ten years. In this time, her hospital has met multiple performance goals and consistently exceeded federal quality benchmarks. Spiers has been instrumental in increasing access to care for vulnerable members of the New Orleans community, spearheading the opening ofOceans’ third local campus in Marrero in 2018 and reaching more than 1,200 last year. Because of her hospital’s growth and accomplishments, Spiers was named Oceans Healthcare’s 2018 Administrator of the Year.
Spiers is passionate about educating New Orleans residents about senior health risks and creating awareness for individuals in need. Through partnerships with local health and community organizations, she is able to reach more individuals and ultimately connect them with necessary resources, including other social service and health care partners in the community.
“The older adult and senior population has some of the highest rates of suicide and substance abuse, yet they are among the most overlooked of all age groups,” Spiers said. “I am grateful to New Orleans City Business for the opportunity to shine a light on the need for geriatric behavioral health care locally and nationally.”
Spiers will be recognized as a Health Care Hero at an awards ceremony in May. For more information, visit: https://neworleanscitybusiness.com/blog/2019/03/14/2019-health-care-heroes-honors-industry-standouts/.
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