The BridgeWay mental health hospital announced Tuesday that Megan Miller, L.C.S.W., has been named Chief Executive Officer of the company. Miller first joined The BridgeWay as Director of Clinical Services in 2012.
The BridgeWay Hospital, located in North Little Rock, is the only freestanding psychiatric hospital in Arkansas with programs for acute mental health, serious mental health and substance use disorder treatment for adults, as well as behavioral healthcare for adolescents, ages 13-17, and children, ages 4-12.
“I always knew that I wanted to be in a helping profession,” said Miller. “I began my career as a social worker doing individual and family work. That underpinning has given me the advantage of a clinical perspective to add to the business needs of the market.”
Miller is a native Arkansan with nearly 20 years of experience in mental health. She began her career as a mental health paraprofessional in 2003 and quickly advanced to leadership roles. Miller has served community mental health organizations, outpatient clinics and acute care hospitals throughout her career. She earned a Master of Science in social work from the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Lyon College.
Not unlike other areas of health care across the board, The BridgeWay has faced increased challenges in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic created a sharp unprecedented change in our business practices,” explained Miller. “It is an excellent example of the resilience of the employees of The BridgeWay. Mental health professionals, like others, were overwhelmed by the pandemic, but we recognized that mental health symptoms were surging. Our services continued to be needed more than ever.”