Leadership

John Santopietro, MD

SVP & Physician-in-Chief,
Behavioral Health Network,
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

SVP & President,
Behavioral Health Network, Harford 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.

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


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