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Industry Veteran Brings Three Decades of Hospital Management Experience to New Role

Oceans Healthcare today announced Deborah Spiers, longtime administrator of Oceans Behavioral Hospital Greater New Orleans, has been appointed to a newly formed corporate position supporting the company’s strategic growth. In her new role as Corporate Resource Administrator, Spiers will leverage best practices among Oceans’ network of facilities across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, to help new and existing hospitals succeed.

The position was created following recent years of unprecedented growth by Oceans Healthcare. Through acquisitions, high-profile joint ventures, new facility development and the addition of new services, Oceans has doubled in size since 2017. Last year alone, the company opened five new behavioral health hospitals, acquired and expanded pharmacy services, and announced plans for four additional locations and two expansions.

Spiers will draw on more than three decades of health care and hospital management experience to support new leadership teams as Oceans opens additional hospitals and programs and guide them through times of change.  

“Deb is passionate about serving behavioral health patients, building efficient and resourceful teams, and helping our organization thrive,” said Stuart Archer, Oceans Healthcare CEO. “In her new role, we plan to leverage Deb’s hospital management expertise to support our growth as we enter the next phase of our history.”

Spiers has served as administrator of Oceans Behavioral Hospital Greater New Orleans for 13 years, shepherding the hospital through natural disasters, unprecedented demands for services and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. Under her leadership, the hospital was named the organization’s 2018 Hospital of the Year and experienced significant growth with the opening of its flagship campus in Bellemeade. In 2019, Spiers was named one of New Orleans City Business’ Health Care Heroes in the “Professionals” category for her contributions to the industry.

Throughout her 35-year career, Spiers has held a special place for treating geriatric behavioral health patients.

“I truly love my New Orleans team and our patients, but there are so many underserved communities still in need of quality behavioral health services,” Spiers said. “I am driven by a desire to reach more people and look forward to expanding Oceans’ services across many in-need markets.”  

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