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About the CEO

About the CEO

Chief Executive Officer

In November 2008, Shannon Terrell Harvey, LCSW became the first female Chief Executive Officer in the history of 63-year-old River Edge Behavioral Health Center, a comprehensive, regional provider of services and supports for children, adolescents, adults and families who experience mental illness, addiction, developmental disability/autism or HIV infection and reside in, predominantly, seven central Georgia counties. Since then Ms. Harvey has spearheaded the development of multiple new services, landed millions in new contracts, led the successful launch of the agency’s donor development and public education arms as well as led services to national recognition. She also serves on the boards of the Georgia Supportive Housing Association and the Macon-Bibb Workforce Investment Board.
In August 2007, Shannon agreed to become the project manager for the Peachstate Information Network, Inc. (PIN) electronic health record implementation across three agencies serving more than 30,000 residents of 23 counties of Georgia annually. Under her leadership, the implementation has become a national model, earning national recognition. Too, the PIN partnership has since expanded to include an additional regional provider. For three years prior, she’d served as strategic planner and fund developer for River Edge Behavioral Health Center, one of PIN’s founding members. During her tenure in that role, she led River Edge’s expansion to three additional Georgia counties, garnered more than $1.635 million in renewing annual revenue, spearheaded the development of a 22-agency collaborative that delivered more favorable Medicaid managed care contract language, and served as a member of PIN’s vendor negotiating team.
From 2001 to 2004, she was founding president and chief executive officer of Health Care Central Georgia Inc. doing business as Community Health Works (CHW) – a regional, vertically integrated nonprofit health network providing a full continuum of care for chronically ill uninsured adults averaging two co-morbid conditions, needing five prescriptions per member per month, with incomes below federal poverty. At the time of her departure, the network included 90 physicians, two clinics, public and behavioral health providers, five hospitals and 22 pharmacies. During her tenure, CHW brokered $1.157 million in local cash commitment, leveraged that to $2.4 million in additional state, federal and philanthropic investment which then leveraged $9.5 million in donated care for patients, recouped $1 million in otherwise lost reimbursement for partners and won several national awards. Under her leadership, the Community Health Works team also developed a powerful patient care oriented approach to care management and a state-of-the-art, web-based information technology platform that automated all business functions and included EDI capacity.
Georgia’s 1994 Young Careerist, she also served as a senior leader for a mental health center serving seven other Georgia counties for 10 years and worked in a private, specialty nonprofit hospital for three years. In these roles, she established national clinician training programs, worked in community and business relations, established the agency’s managed care contracting and utilization management processes, directed medical records and led their multi-county telecommunications linkage.
A licensed clinical social worker with a B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education, she was a Foundation Fellow scholar and president of her Master of Social Work class at the University of Georgia. Married for 28 years, Shannon has three children and has served as a foster parent to other Georgia children in need.




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