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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov

Date: January 7, 2014


NEW CASTLE (Jan. 7, 2014) - Delaware Psychiatric Center hospital director Gregory A. Valentine (MSW, LSCSW) has rescinded his resignation and will remain in his position.

In December, Valentine had announced his departure to accept a new position in Arizona. Valentine, who has served as DPC's director since September 2011, said in the end the move just wasn't right for him.

"It feels right for me to stay at DPC and continue the strategic planning and growth that DPC has embarked on," Valentine said. "DPC is well-positioned to refine its processes and move to the next level in terms of attaining excellence with a focus on evidence-based practices. I am fully committed to moving DPC forward."

Valentine has been instrumental in developing a comprehensive hospital discharge planning process that has reduced DPC's average daily census from 151 clients in 2011 to 124 clients in 2013. Many clients were successfully discharged to live in the community with necessary supports and services after being treated at DPC for years or even decades. DPC's current average census is 115 clients. Kevin Ann Huckshorn (PhD, RN, CADC), director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH), is pleased that Valentine has decided to stay.

"Greg has been instrumental in moving DPC from a long-term care institution to a best-practice, acute-care mental health hospital," Huckshorn said. "I am grateful that this work will continue under his leadership."

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.