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Behavioral Health Credentials

Behavioral Health at Winter Haven Hospital meets national accreditation standards and provides high quality evidence based care. Below is a list of our credentials and affiliations, followed by a brief summary of our key staff.

  • Accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Hospital Standards
  • Member National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Member Florida Council for Community Mental Health Member Florida Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
  • Sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office and Heartland for Children
  • Approved mental health services site for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Bureau of Professional Regulations (BHPR), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Approved private Baker Act receiving facility for adults by the Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Quality and patient satisfaction data are reported to contractual and accreditation organizations
  • The Center for Behavioral Health consistently has a favorable customer satisfaction rate above the 90th percentile by individuals receiving services
  • Our Center for Psychiatry has been recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction
  • High staff retention rate for behavioral health ensures continuity and commitment to our hospital mission and vision

Key Behavioral Health Leadership

Kathy Hayes, LCSW, Executive Director, Behavioral Health
As the Executive Director of Behavioral Health at Winter Haven Hospital, Ms. Hayes has responsibility for outpatient services at the Center for Behavioral Health and inpatient services at the Center for Psychiatry. Ms. Hayes has a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University and is licensed by the state of Florida as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been employed at Winter Haven Hospital for over thirty years where she has served in various clinical and administrative positions in the field of mental health. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Board of Directors for the Florida Council for Community Mental Health and is involved in numerous local and state organizations that focus on increasing awareness of the needs of those with mental illness.

Jeff Ware, LMHC, Clinical Director, Center for Behavioral Health
As the Clinical Director for the Winter Haven Hospital, Center for Behavioral Health, Mr. Ware has responsibility for all direct clinical services at CBH. He has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and is licensed by the state of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He has been employed at Winter Haven Hospital for over twenty-five years where he has served in various clinical and administrative positions representing children and adult outpatient services and community-based programs.

Dr. George Winny, MD, Medical Director, Center for Behavioral Health
As the Medical Director of the Center for Behavioral Health, Dr .Winny provides and oversees outpatient psychiatric medical services. He is Board-Certified in Psychiatry and Board-Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He graduated from Medical College Kottayam, Kerala University. He completed his fellow of Child / Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University Medical Center. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation in affiliation with The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. Dr. Winny has over 25 years of experience in the field of child psychiatry in large metropolitan areas of New York City and Chicago and more recently with Winter Haven Hospital.

Dr. Iftikhar Rasul, MD, Adult Psychiatrist
Dr. Rasul specializes in adult and geriatric psychiatry and is Board Certified in General Psychiatry. He graduated from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan. He completed Adult Psychiatry residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital, affiliated with University of Miami. Dr. Rasul provides outpatient psychiatric services at the Center for Behavioral Health and leads our specialty Memory Clinic for adults.

Dr. Takkallapelli Rao, MD, Adult Psychiatrist
Dr. Rao, MD is quadruple Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry, General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology. He graduated from Kakatiya Medical College and completed his Psychiatric Residency at Danvers State Hospital affiliated with the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Rao completed a visiting fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS) at Columbia University, and leads the Center for Behavioral Health specialty NeuroStar TMS Team for the treatment of depression. He is recognized as a Life Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Rao provides outpatient psychiatric services at the Center for Behavioral Health and inpatient psychiatric services at the Center for Psychiatry.

Dr. Majd Alsamman, MD, Medical Director, Center for Psychiatry
Dr. Alsamman is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He graduated from Aleppo Medical University and completed his residency at Austin State Hospital in Texas. With over 10 years experience at Winter Haven Hospital he serves as the Medical Director for inpatient psychiatric services at the Center for Psychiatry and is the Chairman of the Winter Haven Hospital Medical Staff Psychiatry Subsection.

Lynne Harty, RN-BC, Manager, Center for Psychiatry
Mrs. Harty is a licensed registered nurse from the state of Florida. She obtained her RN degree from Polk Community College and her bachelor degree in nursing from the University of South Florida and is also ANCC certified in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. Ms. Harty has been employed at WHH for ten years the majority of which have been with the Center for Psychiatry. Her experience over the years has been with adult patients with severe and persistent mental illness. She is responsible for the coordination and care for inpatients and management of an interdisciplinary team of staff that includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, mental health associates, mental health technicians, and health unit coordinators.

Susan A. Williamson, LMHC, CAP, Manager, Behavioral Health, Center for Psychiatry
Ms. Williamson graduated with a BS in psychology from the University of Miami and a Masters Degree in Psychology from Florida International University in Miami Florida. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional by the state of Florida. Her extensive experience and training includes the entire human lifespan from infant mental health to geriatrics. She has specialized training in EMDR, child sexual abuse, play therapy and mediation. As the Manager of Behavioral Health for the Center for Psychiatry, she is responsible for Access Services, social services, and utilization review.


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