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Nash Appointed to Lead National Geriatric Psychiatry Committee

January 28, 2009

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

Maureen Nash, M.D., has been appointed to serve a three-year term as co-chair of the Clinical Practice Committee of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP).  This follows her selection in 2007 as vice-chair of the same committee.

Dr. Nash, who is board certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine, is a staff psychiatrist at the Tuality Healthcare Center for Geriatric Psychiatry at Tuality Forest Grove Hospital.

She also serves on the Research Committee of the AAGP and chairs a subcommittee investigating the possibility of forming a geriatric psychiatry practice-based research network.  With her involvement in these national efforts, Dr. Nash is working to promote the mental health and well being of older people, and to improve the care of those with late-life mental disorders.

Prior to joining the Center for Geriatric Psychiatry in 2005, Dr. Nash served as medical director of the Colby Center for Psychiatry at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

She earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City.  She went on to complete her residency at the combined internal medicine/psychiatry residency program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where she served as chief resident.  She also was an instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H.

The AAGP is a national association that carries out programs, develops products, and spearheads projects focused on advancing initiatives for those with late-life mental disorders.  It also established the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, and to increase access to quality mental health care.

The Tuality Healthcare Center for Geriatric Psychiatry assists older adults struggling with depression, grief and loss, stress and anxiety, and other mental health issues, through a number of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient mental health services.