Leadership

John Santopietro, MD, DFAPA

Physician-in-Chief, Behavioral Health Network
Senior Vice President, Hartford HealthCare

Dr. John Santopietro is Hartford HealthCare’s Senior Vice President and first physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, Connecticut’s leading provider of addiction and mental health services. A nationally recognized leader, Dr. Santopietro comes to Hartford HealthCare from Silver Hill Hospital where he served as president and medical director.

Prior to his role at Silver Hill, Dr. Santopietro was chief clinical officer for behavioral health and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare systems.

Dr. Santopietro has published and lectured extensively, especially on the use of technology to enhance the delivery of behavioral health services, and integration of behavioral healthcare into primary care practices.

Patricia Rehmer

Patricia Rehmer, MSN, ACHE

President, Behavioral Health Network
Senior Vice President, Hartford HealthCare

Email: Patricia.Rehmer@hhchealth.org

Patricia A. Rehmer, a nationally recognized leader in mental health and substance abuse and former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), joined Hartford HealthCare in March 2015 as President for Behavioral Health, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of mental health, substance use and addiction. She assumed the role of President of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) in 2016, with the retirement of Stephen W. Larcen, Ph.D.

Rehmer has nearly 30 years of experience with public and private behavioral health agencies, and was appointed Commissioner of DMHAS in November 2009, after first serving as DMHAS Deputy Commissioner from 2004 through 2009. She began her career at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living, a critical component of the BHN, where she worked for 17 years and held a variety of positions, including head nurse, program director for the partial hospital program, director of adult programs, and clinical director of operations.

Rehmer earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Skidmore College and a master’s degree in Nursing from St. Joseph’s College. She is a member of the American Council of Healthcare Executives. During her tenure as DMHAS’s Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner, Rehmer worked in partnership with individuals in recovery, families, advocacy groups and service providers to ensure that individuals have a meaningful life in the community. Before resigning as DMHAS Commissioner, she served as President of the Board of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.

Dr. Javeed Sukhera

Javeed Sukhera, HBSc, MD, PhD, DABPN, FRCPC

Chair of Psychiatry, Institute of Living
Chief of Psychiatry, Hartford Hospital

Phone: 860.545.7629
Email: Javeed.Sukhera@hhchealth.org

Dr. Sukhera joined the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network in September 2021.

Previously, he was a psychiatrist at the Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare Program and Paediatric Chronic Pain Program at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). He also was an associate professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. In addition, he served as a scientist at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation and an associate scientist at the Children's Health Research Institute/Lawson Health Research Institute and sat on the Executive Committee of Western's Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

Dr. Sukhera is an internationally recognized health professions education researcher and thought leader. His research program explores novel approaches to addressing stigma and bias among health professionals and he has also been involved in advocacy and cross-sectoral work in education, policing, and community services.

Throughout his career, Dr. Sukhera has held various leadership roles, including as Senior Designate Physician Lead for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at London Health Sciences Centre. He is also a past Diversity Leadership Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

He also has been on several committees and councils at the local, national and international level. He is past President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association. He was on the London Police Services Board, serving as chair from January 2020 until he came to Hartford HealthCare. The Police Services Board is a civilian oversight board for the London, Ontario police force. During his tenure as police Board chair, he led the Board’s anti-racism efforts, worked on trauma-informed policy reform, and championed awareness for first responder mental health concerns.

Dr. Sukhera received his medical degree at the Medical School for International Health (MSIH), a collaboration between Ben-Gurion University in Israel and Columbia University. He completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Rochester, in New York. He also received a PhD in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University's School of Health Professions Education in the Netherlands. 

He holds board certification in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Michael Drewberry

Michael Dewberry, MD

Medical Director, Institute of Living

Phone: 860.545.7260
Email: Michael.Dewberry@hhchealth.org

Ellen Blair

Ellen Blair, APRN, NEA-BC

Nurse Director, Psychiatry, IOL

Phone: 860.545.7237
Email: Ellen.Blair@hhchealth.org

Annetta Caplinger

Annetta Caplinger, MSN, CS

Director of Clinical Operations, IOL/HH

Phone: 860.545.7286
Email: Annetta.Caplinger@hhchealth.org


See also...