Monday, July 6, 2015


River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC), a member of Valley Health Systems and affiliate to Holyoke Medical Center, has announced the appointment of North Adams native Rosemarie Ansel as its Executive Director. Ansel's executive leadership includes demonstrable experience in leading administrative, fiscal and clinical functions in the community outpatient setting.

"Rosemarie is a skilled senior executive who brings a proven track record in clinical, educational and medical programming to this important role. Her strong working relationships at the state and national levels will help RVCC enhance the delivery of quality mental health services to the communities we serve," said Spiros Hatiras, President and Chief Executive Officer of Valley Health Systems and Holyoke Medical Center.

Ansel said, "I am honored to join the River Valley Counseling Center, which is dedicated to providing a wide range of compassionate, community-centered care to individuals and families in our region. Under the Holyoke Medical Center umbrella, we have a strong and pervasive sense of community. This carries over into our team of clinicians and staff, who are second to none when it comes to providing mission-critical services on a 24/7 basis."

Ansel will lead RVCC, a multi-service agency in Hampden County, MA, which has a 62 year history of changing and transforming lives and improving communities. RVCC's community-focused outpatient mental health services include psychiatric day treatment programs; school-based services in Chicopee; teen clinics/school-based health centers in Holyoke; individual and group-based therapy offered in Spanish as well as English, HIV/AIDS support for both men and women; intensive case management and recreational therapy for 8-16 year old children at risk of hospitalization or residential placement as well as Employer Assistance Services through site training, assessment, counseling and referrals.

River Valley Counseling Center provided 144,000 treatment services across all programs in 2013.

In her most recent role as Deputy Director of Community Services & Director of Operations at the Columbia County Department of Human Services and Mental Health Center in Hudson, New York, Ansel oversaw the administrative, fiscal and clinical components of a community outpatient mental health clinic. Her leadership resulted in a 23 percent increase in direct client contacts by the end of the first fiscal year, a 46 percent increase in clinic-based revenue in sixteen months, an increase in the client average daily census by 600 individuals in four years as well as a 61 percent increase in co-payments. Prior to her success in this role, Ansel served as the Deputy for Administration at Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth in Canaan, NY and Executive Vice President at Hillcrest Educational Centers in Pittsfield, MA.

Ansel received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College in 1981 and her Master of Social Work and Management from State University in Albany, New York in 1987.

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