(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser announces the appointment of veteran hospital administrator Mark J. Chastang as the Chief Executive Officer of Saint Elizabeths Hospital effective August 29, 2016. Saint Elizabeths is the District’s inpatient psychiatric facility.
“Mark J. Chastang has an established record of improving patient care, efficiently managing hospital operations and building high-performing teams,” said Mayor Bowser. “He knows the value of strong partnerships with the community.”
Chastang was chosen after a national search conducted by the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments over several months with input from community stakeholders, Saint Elizabeths staff and patients.
Having served in executive leadership positions in complex urban hospitals and health systems with multiple operating sites, academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia; Vice President of Operations and Transplant Services at the University of Chicago Medical Center; and the Executive Director of the University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
He held progressively senior leadership positions in the Cathedral Healthcare System in Newark, New Jersey and also served as Executive Director of the DC General Hospital from 1990 to 1994 (DC General Hospital closed in May 2001). He most recently was an independent consultant to a variety of healthcare clients on hospital operations, growth opportunities, improving service delivery and enhancing public relations and community outreach.
“We are excited to have a proven leader join our team,” said Dr. Tanya A. Royster, Director of the Department of Behavioral Health that oversees the hospital.
A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Chastang has a Master of Public Administration in Health Care Administration from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Fisk University.