Stephen Merz - New Executive Vice President Operations

Monday, January 6, 2020

1/6/20 (Richmond, VA) – Diamond Healthcare Corporation (Diamond) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen (Steve) Merz, FACHE, as Executive Vice President Operations.

“We are excited to have Steve on board to lead Operations and be part of our senior leadership team,” said Richard Feldman, Diamond’s President and CEO. “His breadth of experience will provide additional value as we assist our partner hospitals throughout the country in preparing for the impact of changes to federal and state healthcare policy.”

“I’m honored to be part of a company whose core values of quality, ethics and financial stewardship provide the framework for how we develop and operate a full range of mental health and addiction services,” said Mr. Merz. “Healthcare, and particularly behavioral health, is a complex field and I am eager to work closely with hospital leaders in shaping a sustainable future for such essential services.”

Mr. Merz's career spans more than 25 years in healthcare administration. Most recently, he was President of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, a $100 million, 1,000+ employee integrated behavioral healthcare organization, providing urgent/crisis/ED, inpatient, ambulatory, addictions, developmental disorders, residential, community, case management and integrated services for 1.1 million people in Maine. Previously, he was the Vice President and Executive Director of Behavioral Health at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. There, he undertook initiatives to help transform and integrate behavioral healthcare into the healthcare system, including establishing alternatives to acute care settings, developing novel approaches to the treatment of chronic conditions such as intractable depression and ensuring these services were financially strong.

Mr. Merz holds a Master of Health Services Management and Policy degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. He has served on national and regional boards, including the National Association of Behavioral Healthcare, and chaired the Behavioral Healthcare Councils of the Maine and Connecticut Hospital Associations. He also was an ACHE Regent for Connecticut.

Mr. Merz can be reached at 804-649-9340 or by emailing

About Diamond Healthcare Corporation
iamond partners with hospitals and healthcare systems nationwide to implement, improve and expand their behavioral health offerings. Our customized management and consulting services address behavioral health in senior living facilities, inpatient and outpatient units and include addiction treatment programs, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and revenue cycle services. Drawing on 35 years of experience, we understand what works in today’s changing healthcare environment and how to help our clients position themselves for long-term sustainability.

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