Dr Lloyd Sederer, a Concord author, visits Gibson's Bookstore to share the inspiring true story of how a small group of dedicated leaders achieved radical and relentless change to save McLean, Harvard’s historic psychiatric hospital. Caught in the Crosshairs of American Healthcare shows readers that, with grit, brains, and support, we can still change our world.
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, recounts the unfettered story of how McLean survived impending closure or sale to once again prosper and regain its international stature as the hospital where you would want a loved one to be treated for a psychiatric or substance use disorder.
Only growth and innovation can reverse an institutional fiscal crisis. Dr. Sederer describes how, over six years of hemorrhaging money, McLean eluded the now pervasive corporatization of American healthcare and was clinically and financially rebuilt despite the odds, all while serving with integrity and soul more patients than ever before.
Caught in the Crosshairs of American Healthcare offers leaders and aspiring leaders in healthcare and other complex organizations a candid look behind the curtain of McLean’s transformation into a hospital open to all, no longer only the rich and famous. Dr. Sederer also finely details
• the corporatization of medicine putting profits before patients,
• endless insurance hurdles,
• how to prove clinical improvements, and
• our broken and inequitable health and mental health systems of care.
About the author: Lloyd I Sederer, MD, is a psychiatrist, public health doctor, and non-fiction writer.
He is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Public Health. He has served as CMO/EVP of McLean Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital; Mental Health Commissioner of NYC (in the Bloomberg administration); and CMO of the NYS Office of Mental Health, the nation’s largest state MH Agency.
Dr. Sederer has led large scale mental health disaster responses for New York City and New York State, including 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.
He was the 2019 recipient of the Doctor of the Year award from The National Council on Behavioral Health; a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar in Residence; and the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. His professional association (APA) named him Psychiatric Administer of the Year and (in a different year) he received the APA’s award for Excellence in Teaching Residents.
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The inspiring true story of how a small group of dedicated leaders led radical and relentless change to save McLean, Harvard's historic psychiatric hospital.
"Walking with Lloyd through the pages of Ink-Stained for Life will make you laugh, and think, and cheer, and deeply feel what gives meaning to life. A page-turning jaunt of joy. " -- Ron Suskind Pulitzer prize-winning author of A Hope in the Unseen, The One Percent Doctrine and Life, Animated In the 1950s, America was coming of age.