And as chief operations officer at Peak View Behavioral Health, he uses his varied training to improve life for the hospital’s psychiatric patients.
Adams, 37, started his career as a therapist and is now working toward a doctoral degree in counseling psychology. He also has an MBA that taught him about the business side of health care. He believes combining the two allows him to understand both staff and patients.
In recent months, his job description has grown as Peak View Behavioral Health prepares to open a new, 92-bed facility that will also treat adults older than 18, while maintaining its focus on treating senior citizens for behavioral and mental disorders. In the near future, his job will change again when Peak View begins to treat children as young as 4 years old.
Adams received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, and an MBA and a master’s degree from The University of Memphis.
How did you become interested in the health care field?
My family has a long history of working in health care so I grew up with respect for the field. As complicated as it can be, at its core, it’s still helping people in need, which can be very rewarding.
How long have you worked at Peak View Behavioral Health?
I joined Peak View in 2010 as the facility director to help run our existing 24-bed acute care facility for seniors and to grow into our new 92-bed facility opening this June serving all ages.
What are the biggest challenges in your job?
The biggest challenge is also the same reason that I enjoy my job. It’s a job with constant change and every day is different.
How do you approach those challenges?
This job can be very humbling. We are always learning how to improve psychiatric care. I think considering the different perspectives of each discipline is critical. Also, in our field, most of the difficult questions are answered if we always consider what is in the best interest of the patient.
Do you have advice for other young professionals who want to get into health care administration?
I’ve been fortunate to benefit from the experience of providing direct patient care as a therapist prior to moving into administration. Understanding the needs of the not only patient but also of staff has been invaluable.
What do you do when you’re not working?
Well, my wife just had a baby girl about a month ago, so that’s keeping us pretty entertained. Other than that, on a local level, in collaboration with Peak View, I’ve enjoyed participating in medical ethics community meetings for seniors, partnering with the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and at the state level participating in the Behavioral Health Transformation Committee and with the Colorado Health Care Association.