L+M Names New Chair of Psychiatry

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dr. Peter Morgan has been named chair of psychiatry at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

“This appointment represents another benefit of our recent affiliation with Yale New Haven Health,” said Bruce D. Cummings, president and chief executive officer of L+M Hospital. “It is a significant challenge for small hospitals to recruit top-flight talent. The affiliation was an integral factor in this appointment, filling a position we’ve had open for nearly two years.”

Dr. Morgan’s appointment follows the earlier announcement of the addition of two neurosurgeons to the L+M medical staff. 

Dr. Morgan, who spent the previous 12 years on the faculty at Yale School of Medicine, will split his time between patient care and administrative duties, a dual role he says will give him the opportunity to help shape the future of L+M’s behavioral and mental health services while also increasing the department’s direct care to patients.

“The doctors and staffs we have at L+M are doing great work,” Dr. Morgan said. “However, we need more clinical coverage. I will be providing some of that along with my administrative duties, and we will be looking at other staffing levels and services to see if there are more ways we can better serve our patient population.”

Since 2014, L+M has voluntarily reduced inpatient capacity to 12 to 14 patients. The arrival of Dr. Morgan will gradually expand that number to 18, which is capacity for the unit.

Dr. Morgan also said he wants to evaluate the possibilities of expanding L+M’s addiction services, noting that the need is great throughout the region.

“We’ll be looking at a variety of services that the hospital is currently not providing to see if things can be added to help the community,” he said. “I think we need to position ourselves to be able to do that – to expand services as necessary.”

Dr. Morgan earned his degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. His residency was at Yale School of Medicine, where he joined the faculty in 2004. He also has an extensive research background that he hopes to apply to care at L+M. He will retain his faculty position. 

“There are things we can do here to improve care,” he said. “I’d like to start some relatively simple research protocols, looking at how systems work, like length of stay for inpatients and whether cutting-edge interventions can influence treatment outcomes and length of stay. These would be things that allow us to provide better overall care for our patients.”

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit, 280-bed general and acute care hospital providing patient care to medical, surgical, pediatric, psychiatric and obstetrical patients in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island since 1912. Lawrence + Memorial offers cardiac acute, step-down and rehabilitation programs and is the only eastern Connecticut hospital that performs emergency and elective angioplasty. www.lmhospital.org