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Sharfstein leaves Sheppard Pratt, an expanded mental health system, after 30 years

Sharfstein leaves Sheppard Pratt, an expanded mental health system, after 30 years

When Dr. Steven S. Sharfstein came to the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital 30 years ago as medical director, the Towson facility had 320 beds filled with patients who spent many months or even years getting treatment.

That was how mental health care was delivered back then.

As Sharfstein prepares to step down July 1 as president and CEO at what is now called Sheppard Pratt Health System, his 25-year term at the institution's helm has paralleled the evolution in how mental health is treated, funded and administered nationally.

During his time on the job, the hospital took steps to survive and provide care to many more people with depression, substance abuse, autism,...

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