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Organization veteran brings leading-edge approach to treatment, quality initiatives

PLANO, Texas (Aug.  14, 2023)Oceans Healthcare, a rapidly growing behavioral health organization, today announced Dr. James Butler as chief medical officer. An organization veteran, Dr. Butler leads its medical teams, and oversees its hospitals and outpatient programs, furthering its mission to deliver much-needed mental health services to underserved communities.

Dr. Butler is a practicing psychiatrist with more than a decade of experience in psychiatry and medical genetics, bringing to his position leading-edge thinking about the role of genetics in the development of mental health challenges. Most recently, he served as Oceans’ regional medical director where he provided oversight for patient care teams and high-quality improvement efforts for the company’s Texas locations.

“Dr. Butler is a seasoned physician, and truly understands the issues our patients face as they manage difficult behavioral health challenges,” said Stuart Archer, CEO. “He has helped us build on a strong foundation – improving our care model and integrating advanced treatments with our focus on high quality outcomes. His leadership as chief medical officer will be crucial to our ongoing success.”

“There is no one-size-fits-all cure for mental health challenges, and I’m dedicated to using my role as a behavioral health leader to advance our industry, improve access to care and help more individuals in need,” Dr. Butler said. “At Oceans, we share a passion for this mission and I’m grateful to be among likeminded, driven and focused professionals who are making mental health care better for all.”

Leveraging evidence-based practices and technology, Oceans Healthcare’s focus on improving patient outcomes is leading the industry. With Dr. Butler’s leadership, the organization will further elevate its efforts, combining the strength of its clinical leaders with outcomes-driven quality initiatives and advancing care models. 

Dr. Butler received doctorate degrees in molecular genetics and medicine from University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed research fellowships at Harvard University’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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