The leadership team at Anchor Hospital is dedicated to guiding patients towards treatment and recovery. Our team is comprised of healthcare providers, clinical psychologists and other behavioral health professionals from a variety of disciplines. With a professional staff that encompasses a wide range of skills and backgrounds, we are fully prepared to help pave the way towards recovery for you or your loved one.
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Chief Executive Officer
Luis Betances is the Chief Executive Officer for Anchor Hospital. He joined the team in June 2019, bringing over 30 years of experience as a leader within the behavioral health industry.
During his career he has held various healthcare leadership roles, with a strong background in clinical operations, business development and hospital administration. His experience also includes work within a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential levels of care.
A strong proponent of service excellence, as well as patient care and patient safety, his leadership is supporting the transformation of Anchor Hospital’s culture. He, along with the leadership team, are committed to realizing the vision to be recognized as a local leader within behavioral healthcare.
His practical and accountability-driven leadership style serves as an asset to continue leading the hospital’s growth. Luis received his master’s degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, formerly known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana. A native of Puerto Rico, Luis was a longtime resident of Lafayette, Louisiana prior to relocating to Georgia.
Akisha Fedd, LPC, CAC-II
Chief Operating Officer
Akisha is the Chief Operating Officer for Anchor Hospital. She joined the team in July 2017 and brings with her over thirteen years of experience as a mental health professional and over eleven years of experience in management to her role.
In her current position, she manages the daily operations and oversight of the hospital along with the measurable quality and safety initiatives within the facility. She also collaborates with all direct care functions to reduce risk and ensure patient safety.
Her experience also includes work within various levels of care, including inpatient crisis stabilization, long-term and short-term residential, PHP/IOP with transitional housing and outpatient in-home therapy settings.
She currently holds licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (CAC II), and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS).
Karen Irwin Copeland, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Karen Irwin Copeland brings over 20 years of expertise as a healthcare and nursing professional to her role as Chief of Nursing Officer for Anchor Hospital.
Prior to joining the team, Karen provided nursing leadership in variety healthcare environments, including Medical/Surgical, Inpatient, and Outpatient and Mental Health settings.
In her role, Karen is responsible for the management, training, supervision and competency tracking for all unit nurses, nurse managers and direct care staff. She is a firm proponent of growing competencies and professional development among nurses to provide high quality, patient-centered care.
Karen is committed to developing innovative programs to improve the patient experience, professional practice and clinician safety. She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Clayton State University.
Shailesh Patel, M.D.
Dr. Shailesh Patel is the Medical Director of Anchor Hospital. He specializes in the treatment of adult patients with acute psychiatric needs and mood disorders. Dr. Patel is a 2003 graduate of the Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia. While there he also completed a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Health Care Administration.
He completed his residency at the University of Florida in 2008 and later joined the Malcolm Randall VA Hospital. While there, he served as the Consult-Liaison Attending Physician responsible for managing psychiatric consultations to the ER, outpatient clinics and for their inpatient stabilization program. He was also responsible for teaching medical students and psychiatry residents.
He moved to Atlanta in 2010 to open a private practice and came on board at Anchor Hospital soon thereafter, where he has remained since. Dr. Patel has served as the hospital’s Medical Director since 2014.
Will Holt, LPC
Director of Assessment and Referral Services
Will Holt is the Director of Assessment and Referral Services for Anchor Hospital. He joined the team in December 2019.
His team is responsible for providing assessments to individuals in need and supporting an efficient, streamlined intake process for anyone requiring admission.
Will brings many years of experience in crisis assessment and placement, having worked in inpatient, acute care and outpatient settings.
His fast-paced, solution focused approach has helped improve processes and strengthen the facility’s ability to quickly and safely help patients receive the treatment services they need.
Will’s commitment to customer service and patient care are self-evident to those he serves, and he brings that same dedication to his role as a leader within the hospital. Will is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Georgia and his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University.
Michelle Parker, MBA
Director of Utilization Review
Michelle Parker is the Director of Utilization Management for Anchor Hospital. A Michigan native, Michelle began working for UHS in 2005 and later joined the Anchor Hospital team in 2015. Prior to working for UHS, she was an ABA Certified Behavior Specialist working primarily with forensically adjudicated patients in the state of Virginia.
She brings 20 years of experience in the mental health field to Anchor Hospital and in her current role she primarily effects change with relation to patient benefit utilization.
Michelle oversees operations of the utilization review program for our inpatient and partial hospitalization services, directing staff in efficient and effective auditing of patient care records, telephonic utilization reviews, and prior authorization acquisitions to achieve the best clinical and business outcomes. Michelle also works to ensure compliance with governmental regulatory entities and meet contractual guidelines required by health plans. She works in collaboration with all disciplines within the hospital, including medical management, nursing, social services, and financial management.
Director of Risk & Quality Improvement
Precious Young is the Director of Risk and Quality Improvement for Anchor Hospital. She brings with over 14 years of experience to her role.
In her current position, she oversees the measurable quality and safety initiatives within the facility, collaborating with all direct care functions to reduce risk and ensure patient safety.
Her experience also includes work within long-term care, acute, forensic, intensive care, residential treatment and home care.
She champions safety internally with leaders and staff, providing valuable insight into how day-to-day processes and procedures can be enhanced to positively impact patient satisfaction and safety.
Director of Outpatient Services
Tim is the Director of Outpatient Services at Anchor Hospital. He joined the hospital in 2007 and brings a wealth of experience to the his role, including work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and sex offenders.
Tim utilizes a holistic and systemic approach in the treatment process, which is also reflected in his leadership style. He is a seasoned clinician and a strong advocate for mental health and substance abuse resources within communities. He also has a passion for building resources, improving processes and creating positive patient outcomes.
Tim is experienced in using multiple therapeutic modalities to help patients, including the Recovery and Relapse Prevention model, Solution Focused therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and adults. He is a New Jersey native and completed his master’s degree at Rutgers University School of Social Work.
Varrenza Baker, CTRS, MRT
Director of Expressive Therapy
Varrenza Baker joined the Anchor Hospital team in 2019 and currently serves as the Director of Expressive Therapy. In his role, he coordinates and supervises the hospital’s expressive therapy programming, including Art Therapy, Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, and Community Leisure Resources for patient’s discharge planning.
He brings over 12 years of clinical experience to his role, including previously serving as the state auditor for the Georgia Department of Corrections. Varrenza is particularly passionate about understanding our at-risk youth and adult populations in order to develop treatment plans and programming that effectively meet the needs of each individual.
Varrenza’s commitment to patient care is self-evident to those he helps, and he brings that same dedication to his role as a leader within the hospital. He is a native of Gadsden, Alabama and received his bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy from Alabama State University.
Director of Plant Operations
Greg Helms is the Director of Plant Operations and Environmental Services for Anchor Hospital. He joined the hospital in March 2017 and is responsible for managing all facility-related improvement, maintenance, and code compliance issues within the hospital.
Greg has been with UHS for 15 years and brings with him a wealth of facility and plant operations experience, including professional affiliations with the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Georgia Society of Healthcare Engineers (GASHE), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and certification as an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Mold/Management Specialist.
Skilled, knowledgeable and thorough, Greg has been a welcomed addition to the Anchor team. He is a native of Georgia and prior to coming to Anchor, served for many years at LakeBridge Hospital in Macon, Georgia.
Director of Human Resources
Debbie Carlisle is the Director of Human Resources for Anchor Hospital. She joined the team in 2019, bringing with her more than 17 years of experience as a leader in human resources.
During her career, Debbie has provided HR business partner services to companies ranging in size from 300 to over 4,000 employees. Moreover, she has helped healthcare and retail organizations engage their most important asset—their employees.
Her knowledge, skill and drive have helped reinvigorate the hospital’s service excellence program. Debbie’s collaborative approach drives the hospital’s needs through talent acquisition, retention and employee engagement. She is passionate about developing staff, using a hands-on approach for coaching, mentoring and training.
Debbie is a native of Tampa, Florida and she earned her degree in business management from Kennesaw State University.