Mind Springs Health names chief medical officer

Dr. William Elsass

Dr. William Elsass has joined Mind Springs Health as chief medical officer of the Western Colorado mental health services provider.

Working from his office in Frisco, Elsass provides leadership and support to 12 outpatient offices in the region as well as the West Springs psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Dr. Elsass join our leadership team,” said Sharon Raggio, president and chief executive officer of Mind Springs Health.

“His combination of experience as a practicing psychiatrist along with his in-depth understanding of the business of health care, specifically mental health, is an incredible asset to our organization,” Raggio said. “We look forward to the guidance, training and support he will provide our staff going forward.”

Elsass brings to his duties experience as a psychiatrist working in private practice and the Air Force as well as his responsibilities in medical administration, most recently as behavioral medical director with UnitedHealth Group.

A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Elsass attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He completed his psychiatric internship and residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Elsass completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and psychoanalytic training with the New England Academy of Psychoanalytic Studies in Portland, Maine.

Elsass also holds a master’s of business administration degree from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Mind Springs Health serves a 10-county region covering a total of 23,000 square miles in Western Colorado. Mind Springs Health offers counseling and therapy for mental wellness as well as assists individuals and families dealing with substance abuse and addiction. For additional information, log on to the website located at visit www.mindspringshealth.org.