The Role of the Administrator/Chief Nursing Officer 

The new Administrator/Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Aspen Springs Psychiatric Facility is responsible for the operational leadership of Lifeways’ new facility projected to open in November 2017. The 16-bed inpatient psychiatric facility is located in Umatilla County, Oregon. The Administrator/CNO is responsible for setting up all operational policies, procedures, and systems while under construction to ensure patient safety and comfort, employee operational efficiency, and State and Federal regulatory compliance (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, State, County, and local rules).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees the quality of care and patient outcomes according to best practice standards for inpatient psychiatric hospitals.
  • Motivates and directs a diverse workforce; directs the hiring and training of personnel.
  • Where needed, develops and ensures the consistency and standardization of universal Lifeways’ policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for all Facility operational efficiencies including but not limited to census management, resource controls, and staffing; analyzes and adjust Facility operations o maximize financial performance and to determine areas for program improvement and cost effectiveness.
  • Actively participates in the Leadership Team with specific attention to continuous quality improvement organization-wide and the Strategic Plan pillars of excellence.
  • Manages and participates in the preparation, review, and submittal of a variety of reports, reconciliations, work papers, promotional efforts, communications, schedules, tables, and/or statements to and from internal departments and external agencies.
  • Prepares, reads, analyzes, and interprets operational data, financial reports, and legal and regulatory documents.

Candidate Qualifications & Personal/Professional

  • 3-5 years’ in a senior leadership position, as a CNO, COO, VP/Director of Nursing within a hospital or behavioral health system.
  • Experience in a psychiatric facility preferred.
  • Knowledge of characteristics, social implications and treatment of emotional and mental disorders, substance abuse-related problems, mental deficiency and neurological disorders; understanding of principles and practice of psychological casework and psychiatric treatment.
  • Experienced in developing, managing, and overseeing an inpatient psychiatric facility/hospital including developing and monitoring expense reports, budgets, and business plans.


  • Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Oregon or able to obtain an Oregon license within the first three to six months.
  • Master’s Degree in a healthcare related field or an M.B.A. If a Candidate is currently enrolled in a Master’s program and will receive their degree in the coming 18 months, s/he will be considered for the position.

The Organization

Lifeways began in 1964 as Malheur County Mental Health with 14 employees providing local services to a rural community (10,000 square miles, 32,000 people) who had to seek services from a medical doctor or travel to Portland, Oregon (400 miles), or Boise, Idaho (50 miles) to receive the proper care. In October of 1997 Malheur County Mental Health privatized and incorporated becoming Lifeways, Inc. The company moved to larger quarters and eventually began serving Umatilla County as well. Currently, Lifeways has expanded services into Idaho and now employs over 300 people.

Aspen Springs Psychiatric Facility will be the newest addition to Lifeways’ mental health service system, with this 16-bed, freestanding inpatient psychiatric hospital, located in Umatilla County, on the grounds of the Good Shepherd Health Care System campus. Aspen Springs Psychiatric Facility will provide stabilization for mental health crises requiring inpatient hospitalization. With Board-Certified Psychiatrist Dr. John Bates leading the medical professionals and ancillary support team, Aspen Springs will open in late Fall 2017.