Dr. William Elsass Joins Mind Springs Health as Chief Medical Officer
Mind Springs Health, the largest provider of mental health and addiction treatment in Western Colorado, is pleased to announce that Dr. William Elsass has joined the organization as Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Elsass most recently served as the Behavioral Medical Director with UnitedHealth Group and brings a broad range of experience to Mind Springs Health, having worked in medical administration and as a psychiatrist in both private practice and in the United States Air Force.
A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Elsass attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and completed both his psychiatric internship and residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Dr. Elsass also completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and psychoanalytic training with the New England Academy of Psychoanalytic Studies in Portland, Maine. He received his Master of Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Dr. Elsass join our leadership team,” said Sharon Raggio, President and CEO of Mind Springs Health. “His combination of experience as a practicing psychiatrist, along with his in-depth understanding of the business of healthcare, specifically mental health, is an incredible asset to our organization. We look forward to the guidance, training, and support he will provide our staff going forward.”
Dr. Elsass resides in Summit County, Colorado and will work from the Mind Springs Health Frisco office, while providing leadership support to all of Mind Springs Health’s 12 outpatient offices throughout Western Colorado, in addition to the West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction.
Dr. Elsass and his wife, Kelcey, have two children, Zach and Sophia. Zach attends Colorado University in Boulder and Sophia is a high school junior. In his spare time, Dr. Elsass enjoys skiing in the winter and trail running and obstacle courses in the summer.
Mind Springs Health is the Western Slope’s largest provider of counseling and therapy for mental wellness and assists individuals and families dealing with and recovering from substance abuse and addiction. Covering a 23,000-square mile area in Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties, Mind Springs Health offers a continuum of mental health care with crisis response services, 12 offices for outpatient treatment, and West Springs Hospital, the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City.