From a historical approach, Dr. D'Agostino describes the evolution of psychiatry from the perspective of the Alexian Brothers highlighting international, national, and state-wide trends as they relate to mental health care delivery. Specifically, he addresses the dramatic changes in healthcare, in particular mental health, highlighting the forces and commitment that helped to sustain this behavioral healthcare facility over time. The Alexian Brothers have carried out their mission of care and healing for more than 800 years, including caring for those with mental health issues. This monograph is the result of several years of research and study, supported by his interest and passion for this work.
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Anthony D'Agostino, MD has served a Chief Medical Officer for Illinois-based Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates and Chair for the Department of Psychiatry at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village from 1979 to 2011. He completed his medical degree at the University of Illinois (UIC), interned at Los Angeles Country General Hospital, and did residency training in psychiatry at UIC, the University of California (UCLA) and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. D'Agostino is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, where he served as the Illinois representative for the Assembly and as a Vice Chair of their Managed Care Committee from 1996-2002. He is also Past President of the Illinois Psychiatric Society (1986-1987) where he also served on the Health Insurance and Ethics committees for nearly two decades. He has also served as a consultant for the Hospital Licensing Branch of the Illinois Department of Public Health (1978-1986).
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