The Honorable J. Frederick Motz Appointed Health System Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Former Chairman Dr. Byron Forbush, Steps Down From 18-Year Post

Release Date: Dec. 18, 2015 

As Sheppard Pratt Health System enters 2016 and acknowledges 125 years in psychiatric care, a new chairman of the board of trustees is welcomed as of January 1.

The Honorable J. Frederick Motz, longtime trustee, will take over leadership from Dr. Byron Forbush, who served on the board for 41 years, 18 of them as chairman.

“My work has been focused on telling the story of Sheppard Pratt Health System and destigmatizing mental illness, and I am very happy with how far we’ve come,” says Dr. Forbush. “It is time for a new leader with a new vision to take us into the health system’s next phase in partnership with the new CEO. I think Fred is fit to do just that, and will serve this community well.”

Dr. Forbush’s spirit, dedication and commitment will be missed. He will remain part of the Sheppard Pratt family as chair emeritus of the board of trustees and archivist.

Motz, a well-known and respected judge in Maryland, was chosen based on his more than two decades of previous service on the board, his compassionate nature, and rational and reasonable decision making skills.

He was appointed by Ronald Reagan to the U.S.  District Court for the District of Maryland in 1985, and served as chief judge from 1994-2001. He has handled many high-profile cases in the state. His wife, The Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz, is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Motzes were the first married couple to sit on the federal bench.

Of the appointment, Motz said, “It's a great honor to be chosen to fill the shoes of Dr. Forbush as board chair.  We are somewhat different.  He has vast executive experience, having led The Friends School of Baltimore (from which I graduated) as its head for 38 years.  My background is different.  But I know we are both committed to promoting mental health and to the idea that all of those served by Sheppard Pratt - and all of those who serve them - are entitled to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect."

Motz’ first order of business is heading the search committee for the health system’s new CEO, who will take over July 1.

About Sheppard Pratt Health System

Sheppard Pratt Health System is the largest private provider of mental health and substance use services in the U.S. serving more than 70,000 individuals annually across two free-standing psychiatric hospitals, 12 special education residential and day schools, and numerous outpatient and telepsychiatry sites in Maryland. Sheppard Pratt maintains three main arms of research, including the Stanley Research Program at Sheppard Pratt, the Department of Clinical Research Programs and the Sheppard Pratt-Lieber Research Institute.

Sheppard Pratt offers a full range of mental health, substance use, special education and community support services to treat people of all ages and diagnoses; this includes a full continuum of care, with inpatient units and day hospitals grouped homogenously by population and subspecialty, so that patients are comfortable in their environment. All programs (with the exception of The Retreat) accept insurance.

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