and persistently mentally ill in California since 1996
and persistently mentally ill in California since 1996
Choose your work/life balance
Our physician packages vary from a minimum of $265,000 per year, plus $10,000 in bonuses and a benefit package of $80,000, to well over $500,000 for the industrious doctor; Psychiatric NP salaries start at $145,800. You can choose how many days a month you want to work from 8.25 to 20. Our generous benefit package includes almost 7 weeks paid time off per year. Outstanding rural community additional supplements are also available with salaries often as high as 20% more than urban areas.
“TBH has provided us with professional, competent psychiatrists for over 3 years now. Gary Hayes continues to listen to the needs of our community and our hospital. We are fortunate to have his adept guidance in a sometimes difficult area.
“We have committed medical staff providing caring and compassionate interactions with our patient population in an inpatient setting. The group has established an important link with our outpatient clinic psychiatrists allowing for much better patient/client interactions.
“With the recent addition of Dr Joseph Vlaskovits as our Interim Medical Director, we have seen a commitment to supporting our inpatient staff who provide care to our patients 24/7. We are very pleased with our partnership with TBH and highly recommend them.”
Cyndie R Cole, RN
“TBH psychiatrists are clearly very pleased to be associated with TBH. They are a part of a community of other psychiatrists of quality. TBH recruits highly qualified psychiatrists into programs that appreciate that quality. As a result psychiatrists are almost always very pleased with the program, and in the few instances when that turned out to not be true, arrangements were made for a psychiatrists to move to another program.
“I have worked with Gary Hayes and TBH for about 8 years. TBH has proven itself to be an excellent partner, and we now have TBH doctors for about 70% of the California programs that have psychiatrists. The programs’ and psychiatrists’ satisfaction with each other are very high.”
Stephen Wilson, MD
“TBH has done an excellent job of providing Telecare with capable psychiatrists. They are skilled at developing a resource pool of candidates and pre—screening doctors to match our requirements. In developing a partnership with TBH, we have been better able to meet our needs for quality psychiatrists. I highly recommend their service.”
Vice President of Telecare
“TBH has supplied us with three full—time psychiatrists placed in long—term positions and we are asking for more. The TBH doctors are excellent psychiatrists and we are very happy with them. I feel TBH provides excellent services.”
Gary Bravo, MD
“TBH partnered with our organization beginning in September of 2009. They assembled a team of psychiatrists to cover both weekdays and weekends with very short notice. We were very pleased with their ability to fully staff our hospital from the first day.”
“Not only were they able to staff our hospital with quality psychiatrists, our census more than doubled in a matter of a few weeks! TBH continues to partner with us to fully develop our hospital. We have seen a decrease in our ALOS and a decrease in our denials of payment. TBH psychiatrists have been very collaborative with the patient care and operations teams. They have also been very responsive to the needs of our referral sources.”
“TBH psychiatrists are an integral component in goal to be the quality regional mental health provider! We are excited about the many opportunities on our horizon that are within our reach through the partnership with TBH. Many thanks to the TBH team!”
“I highly recommend working with Traditions Behavioral Health. Prior to working with TBH our ability to serve the needs of our Mental Health patients was severely compromised by inconsistency and shortage of Psychiatrists. The combination of our partnership with TBH and our initiation of our new Psychiatry residency has resulted in the presence of well—qualified Psychiatrists who are committed to best practices and to serving the needs of our patients. We have become a highly competitive and desired location for Psychiatrists.”
Mark Garfield MD
Vice President/Chief Medical Officer
GME Designated Institutional Official
“TBH was awarded the contract for the psychiatric services in the last week of January 2007 at John George Pavilion with a start date of February 1.
“An interim plan was set in place immediately and the transition was very smooth. By March they had a Chief of Inpatient Services and 4.5 full time permanent doctors in place augmented by locum tenens, all of the weekend coverage taken care of and even the vacation relief doctor hired with a start date of July. We were very impressed.
“In the intervening three and a half years TBH has had an outstanding retention of physicians and our recruitment problem has disappeared. We continue to be very impressed with the quality of the doctors and patient care has benefited significantly from the consistency. Also the financial viability of the project has improved with better documentation, shorter length of stay and a dramatic reduction in denial and admin days.
“TBH’s doctors are exceptionally skilled and are team players. We are very excited about partnering with TBH to bring John George to a center of excellence.”
Bill Manns, COO
“TBH has placed seven psychiatrists here at Humboldt County in Eureka. We are a rural community environment and historically we have had significant challenges in recruiting psychiatrists. TBH has not only done a superb job in recruiting, their retention of physicians has also been great. I am really delighted with Gary and the TBH staff.”
Kate Bell, MD
“For nearly a decade now TBH has provided medical staff for this Crestwood campus. We are very pleased with their services. The quality of the medical staff, the consistency of the physicians, the accuracy of the documentation, and the compassion in which the services are delivered clearly reflect the values and standards of TBH.
“Dr. Jones is a superb physician who is very popular both with the clients and staff. The longevity of our relationship with TBH speaks for itself!”
Gail McDonald, RN
“We could not be more pleased with our relationship with TBH. We started contracting with them in 2007 for three MDs for our ACT programs. We were so pleased with the relationship that we requested that they fill thirteen additional positions for us in 2012. They did an outstanding job of recruiting and screening applicants to present to us. They were completely transparent with the physicians and our Program Directors so there were no surprises. We have been so impressed with the caliber of their physicians, and we plan to expand our contract to include the rest of our programs. They do a great job of keeping their physicians happy and their physicians do a great job of keeping our clients and our Program Directors happy. We give them our highest recommendation.”
Linda Hammond, PhD, MFT
“Gary, I want to extend my gratitude and comment on the process so far. One month ago (May 14, 2007), I asked you to come in and present a proposal to senior staff to take over our contract for Crisis stabilization and inpatient psychiatry. Your proposal and presentation was extremely well received and we got an immediate green light to terminate with our former contractor and proceed with TBH.
“Since then, on behalf of CCRMC, TBH has hired 7 permanent crisis—stabilization doctors, and 3 inpatient doctors. Additionally, TBH has assumed contractual relationships with all five of our independent contractors. Further, TBH has coordinated locum tenens coverage to bring us closer to full staffing the very day the contract begins (June 16, 2007) than we’ve been in the three years I’ve been the administrative director of the services. Not only has TBH been able to provide doctors, but the level of quality and experience in the medical staff at CCRMC will benefit tremendously from the quality and experience of the TBH physicians.”
Miles D. Kramer
“TBH is providing a “top—notch” professional service for our patients. We asked them to take over our inpatient psychiatric services with a month’s notice. Gary and the team recruited very highly qualified psychiatrists at a moment’s notice and they improved the quality of our care dramatically. TBH is just fabulous!”
Jeffrey V. Smith
“TBH is the best organization I ever worked for. I particularly appreciate Gary’s keen awareness of the reality of psychiatric practice and his loyalty towards the TBH Physicians. His recent salary negotiation was very impressive. Not only it resulted in $40,000 increase in annual earnings for each doctor, but he also made a particular effort to protect physicians during the negotiation process and offered to “pay our full salary and benefit package to stay home until a suitable alternative position came along with suitable being defined by you rather than TBH“. Without a doubt, TBH creates one of the best environments for psychiatrists to thrive in.”
“TBH has been a tremendous blessing in my life. Coming out of academic medicine, my transition to work for TBH was a breath of fresh air, from the very beginning of the hire process. Gary and his staff respond quickly and reliably to every inquiry and they run their business with integrity and respect for all of their doctors. After working in many different psychiatric settings, I deeply value how fortunate I have been to work for a company like TBH that is transparent and truly cares about the individual. During my five years with TBH, Gary and his staff have supported me through many life changes and afforded me the flexibility and variety I needed to maintain work life balance. TBH is unique in that they tailor the work to the individual needs of the doctor, and that quality has allowed me to do my best work for patients and to enjoy my life to the fullest. I feel deeply grateful that I have been able to work for a company that exemplifies such caring leadership. It has strengthened me to be a more caring doctor.”
“Working with Dr. Gary Hayes and the TBH crew has been an exceptional experience from the outset. I recently completed subspecialty training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, spending many weekends providing coverage at Northern California sites along the way. After a much-needed lengthy vacation that was fully supported by the TBH home office, I began my first full-time position with the company four months ago. I got exactly what I asked for – a full time position with an ACT model program here in San Diego that would challenge me clinically, while leaving me the flexibility in my schedule to enjoy the lovely city I now call home. Surfs up!
“Gary and his team truly understand the importance of each doctor’s needs being addressed individually within the company, and they do so with a personal touch that makes you feel truly valued. I have been so pleased with my experience at TBH that I have referred several friends and colleagues to consider joining the team, and I am excited and very satisfied to stay on as a full-time psychiatrist. I haven’t discovered any opportunities that approximate the quality of my experience working with Gary and the TBH family. Highly recommended!”
“…I have never felt as valued nor as supported as is the case with this group. I have just started my 4th year with TBH and look forward to many many more!”
“I have been working for TBH for 2 years now and its one of the best companies I have worked for thus far. There are numerous psychiatry opportunities available in the company and they are all so diverse. TBH is a group of close knit psychiatrists that are colleagues as well as friends. I think one of the things that sets the company apart from other companies is the annual Napa Valley Resort trip that all docs are invited to. It is a great chance to get to know other psychiatrists on a professional as well as a personal level. TBH also has a great benefits package and vacation schedule as well. TBH can work out a schedule that fits each psychiatrist individually and there is a great deal of flexibility. I recommend this company highly. Thanks!”
“Since leaving a very busy private solo practice (acute inpatient combined with outpatient psychotherapy & med management) and coming to TBH, there has rarely been a day I have not been thankful for this move. I have often told people when I joined TBH, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. The opportunities, in addition, are limitless and the support/flexibility unmatched by any previous associations I have had in my professional career…”
“I feel extremely fortunate to have become a part of the great team of physicians and staff at TBH. I found tremendous support and kindness from the administrators, and especially the President himself, Dr. Gay Hayes, who was always available and helpful in guiding me throughout working at Kaweah Delta Mental Hospital in Visalia California. I received a very generous salary and benefit package not to mention regular bonuses. Despite suffering a family tragedy I was given all the support and time I needed to deal with the multiple stressors in my life, and the team at TBH made me feel welcomed, supported and appreciated. I will always remember fondly the times I worked at TBH and the high quality of psychiatric care that we provided to patient’s throughout the community and surrounding areas. I would advise anyone who wants to gain recognition, satisfaction, and support to consider working for TBH.”
“My past 15 years at TBH have been the most rewarding and fulfilling in my 45 year career in psychiatry. My work at TBH has challenged my intellect, expanded my knowledge, and enhanced my enjoyment of my profession. My personal relationships with my TBH colleagues brought new friendships and intellectual stimulation to my life. I have personally enjoyed my professional and personal relationship with Dr. Gary Hayes, the President of TBH. Gary has ALWAYS been there for me during times of person need and professional support. During these past 15 years, Gary has skillfully expanded TBH to its present size. Despite this growth of the company, TBH has maintained its close, personal concern for the professional, personal, and financial welfare of each and everyone of its psychiatrists. I am happy to be a part of the TBH Team and am here to stay. “
“TBH attracts extremely talented clinicians from amazingly diverse backgrounds and with unique life experiences. Those times we get together are always fun and an opportunity to learn from one another. It feels important to find that perfect ‘fit’ with the TBH culture and the customers we serve when recruiting new doctors. Those who value collegial relationships and enjoy working as a team find this work most satisfying.”
“I began working for TBH after having worked at county,private, and academic centers and have been refreshed to see an organization that targets passionate physicians to treat the seriously and persistently mentally ill. TBH provides a large network of colleagues to share experience and philosophy with , which is important to me as I continue to grow as a psychiatrist. For such a large, far—reaching network TBH still maintains a small, family—like feel with easy accessibility to the President and corporate staff— just take a look at the picture of the headquarters estate.”
“I started at TBH in 2000 having become disgruntled with the irrationalities of the managed care system necessary to maintain my private practice. After all, as a Psychiatrist I thought my job was to fight against irrationality not cater to it. Joining TBH allowed me to continue doing the work that I love and am most suited for while no longer having to attend to that chaos…”
“I have been working for TBH for one year. I have been very impressed by qualities in the company that I had not yet encountered in previous working relationships. First of all is Gary Hayes himself, the president of the company. He is consistently available, by phone, email, and in person, and is in touch on an ongoing basis with both the professional and personal lives of his employees. Beautiful bouquets are sent for special occasions as birthdays. There is a monthly dinner meeting (at an excellent restaurant) which brings Gary and the psychiatrists in the area together, and which is congenial, educational, and entertaining. Gary himself is the epitome of transparency, and speaks of various issues regarding the company, even if they are problematic. If one has a question about pay or any other issue, just pick up the phone (and dial) and the person involved at the home office in Napa will give you the answer. It very much feels as if you are part of a family. I am not usually a company man, nor a terribly trusting person, and it has taken some time to reach these conclusions, but I have not been disappointed in any of my interactions with the company. I recommend TBH highly.”
“…I am particularly impressed at the way the company manages to maintain individual relations with their doctors. TBH has an ability to understand the needs of each individual doctor and to tailor-fit programs that best fulfill the mutual needs of doctors and the facilities or settings in which they work…”
“I have been working for TBH and Dr. Gary Hayes for over 8 years, initially as a contractor and now as a salaried employee. This past fall TBH and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center were involved in contract negotiations. When the talks had stalled, and it appeared that contract was not going to be renewed, Gary assured the involved physicians that our salaries and benefits would be guaranteed until a suitable (as defined by the physician) alternative position was available. There was no time limit placed on this assurance. Thankfully our contract was renewed, and we have continued to work at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center without an interruption in our provision of services. Two aspects of this experience continue to impress me. The first is Gary’s unparalleled support of his staff, and the second is his superior negotiating talent in effecting a new agreement that is significantly fairer than the previous contract. Previously I had reservations about being an employee as opposed to being a private practitioner. Working for TBH has shown me that working for the right organization can easily surpass the private practice model.”
“And, a note about my current position. I love it!—-As you know, and I have tirelessly reminded you, I have a long background in private practice, and have also served as medical director of various hospitals. Despite the obvious cultural change, my job is always interesting and I feel as if my abilities are being well utilized. I work in a “field based” program, treating severely mentally ill older adults–in their residences. I am part of a well-motivated and very courteous team. Each day is quite varied, and the work is neverdull, and is often very different and challenging. Overall this is a rewarding position and the support provided by TBH is an important factor in making it so. Thanks and best regards.”
“My relationship with Dr. Hayes and TBH started a decade and a half ago. He blends old world charm and honesty with new world astuteness and assertiveness to obtain the best contracts for all of us health care providers. i find this group an exciting blend of backgrounds and talents who care for each other. We have a professionally exciting psychopharmacology chat room. We meet annually to spend time with each other. Like several other senior physicians we have spent time in many systems of delivery of care and TBH offers a unique blend of private practice and public service without the usual bureaucracy. God bless the Irish.”
“I connected with Gary years after I first heard great things about him and Traditions Behavioral Health.
“It is only after I started working for him in 2012 that I understood why he deserves his great reputation.
“He allows me to practice the way I want, with the population and patients I want to work with. Gary and his team have been able to manage my needs and worries, sometimes even preventing them, while keeping it both personal and professional.
“Even though I admire his work ethics, intelligence and ability to foresee and solve problems I am most grateful to know him as a person. He is kind, has a great sense of humor and remembers you on a personal level. He is a family man and that is reflected daily in his interactions with my colleagues and myself. I am grateful to be his employee, looking forward to more years with him and hope that this short endorsement reflects how lucky I am to be working with Gary and his team.”
“It has been a sincere honor and privilege to work for Traditions Behavioral Health (TBH). In addition to being professional, courteous, and attentive, Gary Hayes and the TBH staff have been kind. They care about employee satisfaction and frequently check in to ensure that the work experience has been a good one. Perhaps the most amazing part of TBH is the camaraderie and team-spirit infused in every work place, which demonstrates the values that TBH emphasizes: professionalism, physician and patient happiness, and a respect for work-life balance that often neglected in other work settings. I feel so blessed to be a part of this company and plan to stay involved for years to come.”
“It is now twelve years since I joined the TBH “family”. TBH continues to be a welcoming and supportive resource for the additional income necessary for me to fully support my family and personal interests. I am grateful for the company’s attention to negotiating contracts such that quality of care as well as the needs of Psychiatrists are ensured. I have frequently and enthusiastically recommended others to enroll with TBH.
Come join us, you won’t regret it!”
“After working for TBH in the role of an independent contract for over two years, I signed on in February of this year under the new sixteen hour shift model and could not be more satisfied. Working 16 hour shifts can be overwhelming at first, but after getting a command for the hospital system and creating a work plan, it is very manageable. It does require intense focus, but allows me to maintain my own wellness on my numerous days off, which is a significant challenge for providers in today’s healthcare environment. One of my great passions in life is travel, and since moving to the 16 hour shift model, I have been able to climb the Great Wall of China, hike Machu Picchu, and ski Jackson Hole. I would be happy to discuss the wonderful benefits and the challenges the 16 hour shift model presents with any interested physician.”
“I’ve been employed by TBH for over 2 years. Prior to working for TBH, I had the opportunity to work at several hospitals in Northern and Southern California as a locum tenens psychiatrist. TBH has been the BEST company to work with. Why? Staff are friendly, professional and responsive. Gary has been able to maintain a human and personal connection with doctors (no matter how large the company has grown). Psychiatrists are respected and valued. We look forward to our annual retreat in beautiful Napa. The fact that family are welcome at the retreat speaks volumes about the philosophy of the company. ”
“As a single parent, I have valued the flexibility and openness of TBH. The hours are good, and at my facility, weekend call is optional and I treasure having holidays to spend with my family. I enjoy my job and I have the privilege and joy to work with bright, diverse physician colleagues. Gary and staff have been very accepting of my requests and I feel that my ideas and goals are really considered before decisions are made. It is also nice to know that because the organization is growing and growing, there are many sites to choose from. So, if a physician is at a site that is not a good ‘fit’, Gary makes an effort to find a good match for the physician at one of the other sites.”
“The position has worked well for me…to be able to enjoy my job and to enjoy my life outside of work–to spend time with my son, to run, bike and hike and travel. I’m very pleased and happy to be a TBH doc.”
“I have just passed my one—year anniversary with TBH and still have only good things to say. It is run well, efficiently and there are no surprises. I am still at my initial placement at an ACT program in San Diego, and feel very lucky to have found this position. Gary can be depended on to handle the bumps in the road and consistently represent the TBH physicians’ best interest. You won’t be disappointed by TBH.”
“My relationship with TBH started after graduating from psychiatry residency in 2011. I started off as a full time employee and after relocating to the East Coast I transitioned to a part time employee. TBH allowed me the opportunity and the flexibility to work on both the west and east coast which worked well for me.
My experience with TBH has been extremely positive.
One of the most endearing things about this company which I appreciate is the fact that they have a strong sense of family. Ilove that my birthday is remembered faithfully with a gift of beautiful flowers, that I can have a lovely dinner/lunch with the president of the company/colleagues once a month or that I can randomly be gifted with a bottle of wine. Recently an incident occurred which solidified my opinion about this company, my boss Gary Hayes, was paying a visit at the hospital in Humbolt county where I was working. We were both scheduled to fly out of Arcada airport that evening at 6pm. Unfortunately the flight was cancelled due to inclement weather. For those of you who have not been to Northern California the drive though spectacularly beautiful can be quite challenging and treacherous because of the winding roads. To complicate matters it was pretty stormy on this particular day. Per my experience Gary can be contacted by email with an almost guaranteed immediate response. True to form he responded when I shouted out to him , “Gary I need help”. His response, meet me in the parking lot at 12pm. He pulls up opens the door to his car and off to lunch we go. On the way to the restaurant I break into my story, “Gary, I need to be out of here tonight, I cannot wait for the next flight as I would miss my flight to Miami the following morning”. His response, “Don’t worry , I have booked a car and would be leaving at 3pm. Whenever you are finish with your work just call me and I would personally drive you down to Sacramento”. He orders lunch as well as dinner for the long drive and made sure I had reservations at a hotel for the night.
It is these types of gestures which defines TBH and make this company a cut above the rest .They really do care about their doctors.”
“Gary Hayes and TBH were able to sign me up for a part time job that allows me to sleep in and start work at noon, making it possible for me to follow my passions for Lindy Hop and Argentine Tango at night. Gary made it happen…”
“I just started working with TBH about 6 months ago. I was very much impressed by the organization responsiveness to my need, especially Susana who was always available and helpful. The CRF program in Areta Crowell outpatient that I work is very organized and pleasant clinic to work. TBH allows me to work the way I want. Gary has been always kind with great sense of humor and respond immediately to any concerns and need of physicians.
“The TBH Luncheon in San Diego is always helpful medium for all the physicians to express their concerns and he addresses them on the spot. I believe that Gary and his team understand the doctor’s need and they address them individually. I have been the Chief of 85 psychiatric hospitals, in academia, and as well as private practice for many years, and I am well aware of the administrative organization and quality care of the patients, and the TBH organization definitely meet both of these qualities to its best. When I had ride to San Diego airport with Gary and Susana, I realized the sincerity and level of commitment of TBH to their physicians. I am working part-time for TBH but I get the same response and attention from Gary’s team as a full-time psychiatrist. Gary and his team make you feel that you are part of the family. The flexibility in the organization is valuable and they provide high quality of care. I highly recommend to any psychiatrist considering joining TBH.
“Thank you Gary, Susanna, and the TBH team.”
“I have enjoyed weekend and vacation moonlighting opportunities through TBH and have appreciated the flexibility and compassion for employees that TBH provides. I feel that I have been thoroughly supported throughout my employment at TBH and have felt this appreciation through the other medical staff that I have worked with who were employed through TBH. I hope that I have contributed to the success of TBH as I feel that TBH has contributed to my professional growth as a psychiatrist.”
“I started working for TBH right after I graduated from residency, and I couldn’t have found a better company to work for post-training. Gary and the staff at TBH are so accommodating, trustworthy, and straightforward. I always feel supported by them as well as kept in the loop. There is no secrecy from the company, and Gary and the TBH staff definitely make the psychiatrists feel like they are part of a tight-knit community, rather than just employees doing a job. Gary meets with the psychiatrists once per month at staff dinners, and it is always great to see him and talk about both our personal and professional lives together. He is always interested in hearing any issues we are having, and helps to solve them immediately. TBH provides competitive compensation and benefits, but it is the personal attention that Gary gives to each psychiatrist that makes this company one of the best to work for.”
“I travelled a bit of a circuitous route to TBH, interviewing with the company, but then accepting a position at the VA. The reasons I came back to TBH were:
#1. The focus on clinical care, with minimal bureaucracy and a commitment to making excellent patient care the priority.
#2. The people that make up TBH, both clinicians and staff, who are enthusiastic and positive people who care about what they do.”
“I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times I have been sent flowers. I’m happy to report that one of those occasions was my first day working for TBH. I believe that it is this personal touch that sets TBH apart from other companies and makes it the ideal place to work.
“From day one, I have had easy access to the TBH staff including Dr. Gary Hayes. He was always interested in how the position was meeting my needs. When circumstances beyond TBH’s control eliminated this position, Gary got personally involved and aggressively located other job opportunities for me within the TBH network. I’m starting a new position at the end of the month that again is a perfect fit for me.
“I attended medical school and completed my training because I had the desire to practice psychiatry and interact with patients. TBH allows me to focus on this endeavor, while leaving the business details to Gary and the rest of the TBH staff. This is a unique feature to TBH, but just another example of how TBH raises the bar from other organizations. I’m in a happy and fulfilling place in my career, and I look forward to a bright future with TBH.”
“…My work is always stimulating, frequently rewarding, and ever changing. My complaint about TBH is that all psychiatrists are required to take at least six full weeks per year off, depriving me of yet additional stimulation and rewards (just kidding).”
“TBH has done an outstanding job of matching my skills and interests with a collegial, team—oriented, challenging and supportive work environment at John George Hospital. It was an example of serendipity when I found myself working with TBH over three years ago. But as my career as a staff psychiatrist progresses, I find myself with an even greater appreciation for my employment with Traditions Behavioral Health. Thanks Gary!”
“I had worked in the Empire State for a number of years before I moved to Northern California two and a half years ago. Thanks to Gary, I found the kind of work that I enjoy very much at John George Psychiatric Pavilion. And I am lucky to be surrounded by good people,especially all of my wonderful colleagues . I feel very comfortable with the patient mix. The staffing ratio is significantly better than the one I was used to. Once you are done at 5 PM, you are done. Rarely are there after hour calls. I enjoy our monthly TBH dinner meeting. Not only is there good food,wine, and camaraderie, but there is also regular detailed updates from Gary about TBH and job security. To top it all off, there is the great Northern California weather. You can not beat it.”
“Working for Gary Hayes is by far my best professional practice experience. In the eight years since I started I’ve worked a variety of locations and modalities depending on changing needs, curiosity, burnout, and whim… Gary has unusual and genuine kind regard for our motley crew of psychiatrists, and is amazingly tolerant of our differences and quirks.”
“As a psychiatry resident and fellow, I have had nothing but positive experiences with TBH. I like the fact that I am now credentialed at many different institutions, allowing me to moonlight at a variety of different hospitals. The staff has been extremely courteous and helpful at all times. I have always been paid promptly and the reimbursement is generous. The experience has been an important supplement to my residency training. Gary is very straightforward about different options and realistically presents advantages and disadvantages of each site. I have referred a number of my colleagues to TBH because I have had such positive experiences.”
“The outpatient work that TBH offers in a San Diego suburb has been quite fulfilling as one feels one is a contributing factor in patients’ improvement and the relationship one has with the company has been quite satisfying as one feels the company pays exquisite attention to the needs of each individual. Freud talked about the importance of work and relationships, and in my experience in various clinic / hospital and company settings, it’s not easy to find such a wonderful emphasis on and balance of both that exists at TBH. It’s quite an accomplishment that the Giant of psychiatry surely would be smiling from beyond!”
“I have been associated with TBH for more than 3 years and I really appreciate the work environment that Gary and his wonderful staff like Susana, Lisa and others provide. I work on the inpatient unit and TBH after taking over the contract for another provider has done a great deal to improve the quality of care and recruited some really smart and hard working professionals. It is a great opportunity for someone starting his or her career or wanting a change, with long term growth opportunities within the organization. TBH provides a range of positions to consider, like out patient positions working with chronic and persistently mentally ill clients to inpatient settings. Belonging to a large and cohesive group has helped me learn a lot from my colleagues and made me feel part of a community. There is lively discussion within the group by email about important research articles and input from colleagues about diagnostic and treatment considerations for any challenging situations. Any one considering working for TBH will not regret their decision.”
“I joined TBH in 2004 as a forensic psychologist responsible for providing court testimony regarding client conservatorships and related mental health court matters. Under oath, I would heartily endorse TBH as an organization, at the direction of Gary Hayes, PhD, providing personalized attention to the TBH doctors and contracted programs.
I especially appreciate the intelligence and openness of the TBH operations (Lisa, Susana and company) and their attention to details. I have worked with a number of private mental health organizations, and recognize the value of the TBH approach: give the professionals the resources to provide quality work.
Along with periods of growth within the company and the changes at the partnering programs, TBH has retained its family feel. When I attend the annual TBH conference each winter in Napa, I really look forward to reunions with colleagues up and down the State.”
“I retired in ’94, hated it… my association with TBH has been a source of work that has been far more rewarding than the pay. As a bonus, I have enjoyed my association with other TBH physicians at the monthly meetings and their annual retreat…”
“TBH has been an amazing company to work for. There are so many personal touches that the staff make an extra effort to do. It is clear that we are important as individuals to the company, more than just numbers. The flexibility within the organization is also a valuable resource for its psychiatrists. I would unconditionally recommend working for or hiring TBH to staff a hospital.”
“I am two years out of residency, and working with TBH has been an absolute pleasure. They have multiple settings which you can work in, and the locations are always well run and fascinating. All the staff are kind and a pleasure to work with. Most importantly, they truly take care of you. If something falls through for any reason, they try their hardest to make it up to you and make sure you are compensated. I give TBH an incredibly strong recommendation.”
“Even before I had considered to apply for a job with TBH, I had already heard TBH’s reputation: “They really know how to treat their doctors, they really value you!”. So, during my senior year at UCSD when I started to explore my possibilities, I decided TBH would be the best fit for me. Now I can attest why TBH’s reputation precedes them. Gary and his team work on several different levels to make it possible for us to provide the best viable care to our patients. They understand that physician well-being is essential for good patient quality care and I was gladly able to witness Gary successfully fighting for better opportunities they provide to us, our family, and our patients.
“It has been a wonderful experience working for TBH for the past three years. Right out of residency, I was lucky enough to find a position through Traditions Behavioral Health that allowed me to work in the setting and with the patient population I felt I could do the most for. It has been an extremely rewarding experience and continues to be. I can not say enough about the position that Dr. Hayes found for me and how it has allowed me to grow professionally and interpersonally.”
“Fortune smiled when I contacted TBH. Trying to coordinate my practice commitments at home with the desire to do acute care work on a regular but limited basis had been difficult. TBH embraced the challenge and we have an arrangement that serves all involved parties well…”
“TBH is a world class healthcare organization with a phenomenal leadership team starting with Dr. Hayes right on through to the various directors and chiefs. The organization simultaneously values high level patient care along with taking good care of their physician team. The physicians I have had the pleasure of working along side at TBH have been of some of the most skilled, confident and dedicated doctor’s I have ever worked with.”
“As with any choice in life, there are positives and negatives to the Hospitalist 16 hour schedule. The primary positive, of course, is freedom. With this schedule, it is actually possible to schedule work around my life, rather than the other way around. This is an entirely new experience for me.
The primary negative revolves around coming in for the first day after being gone for a week or more. There is a lot to learn about new patients, and when there are patients still here they have changed completely. At times, there will be hearings scheduled for patients that I have not met, requiring getting up to speed rapidly. The first day of a block of being here can feel a bit overwhelming at times. However, I find that by the second day I have settled in and can attend to the work of caring for patients. Some days are busier than others, but even the busiest are quite manageable once I have established that initial contact with patients. By the end of the stretch, the stress level usually feels quite comfortable.
For me, this system works. I am able to devote attention completely to other parts of life on the days that I am not at work. It allows a degree of separation between work and home that I would not have thought possible. When I am working, I am able to immerse myself in that aspect, and feel that I am making a positive difference. It is a very different means of achieving balance, but one that is working quite well for me.”
“I had worked for TBH for over a year as a part-time weekend doc before making the decision to come aboard full-time almost a year ago. I cannot express how glad I am that I made that decision. I gave up a county position with the promise of a pension for what I was afraid would be a less stable position. My fears were unfounded.
“I had been treated very well by TBH as a part-timer, and that is what ultimately convinced me to join full-time. I have been privileged to be a part of a wonderful work environment in Contra Costa County since joining TBH, which is a welcome change from the dysfunction of my prior county system, and Kaiser before that. I am working with colleagues who are both professionally and personally exceptional. That is where the advantage of this position begins.
“I have experienced significant changes in my life since joining TBH full-time. I have been amazed at the support that I have received from Gary and everyone involved with the company. I would never expect an employer to come through for me in the ways that they have, and am at a loss for words in being able to express my gratitude. I do feel more like a part of a family than an employee. I have never experienced that in a job before, and it is such a welcome change from both the corporate and public systems in medicine that I sometimes don’t know how to respond. I do not feel that the company has ever demanded loyalty, unlike other employers, but my loyalty has been earned by the way that I am treated as a member of the team.
“I hope to remain a member of the TBH team for quite some time to come. Iam always happy to tell people how happy I am working with this company. If you have any specific questions, the office knows how to get in touch with me.”
“ I am fully supported by Dr. Hayes and the excellent office staff of TBH. I am treated with respect by the professional staff at Telecare Solano PHF. This is truly the best job I’ve ever had since becoming a psychiatrist. It is wonderful to see how successful this work can be when all of the players involved hold high the goal of quality patient care. I look forward to many years of gratifying work with Dr. Hayes and TBH.”
“I have always kept a small moonlighting job on the side to supplement my income as a psychiatrist. TBH is the first moonlighting position in 15 years where I have seriously considered switching to full—time. The organization is honest, straight—forward, provides high—quality care and retains physicians by emphasizing good morale. I give them a high recommendation.”
“Working for TBH is a great opportunity for a psychiatrist just out of residency. The company is small enough to have a warm and friendly atmosphere, and large enough to provide a unique variety of practice opportunities. TBH psychiatrists are excellent psychiatrists as well as being diverse and interesting people! In the TBH group there is plenty of the support you need when you are just starting out. If I were looking for a job in California, I wouldn’t look any further than TBH!”
“Choosing to work with Gary and TBH is one of the best decisions I’ve made. Gary returns the loyalty of his physicians like no other employer I know of.
I completed my training in 1985 and have worked in several settings including private practice, the VA, and a heavily administrative position. My wife and I moved to California to be close to family. I sought an acute inpatient psychiatry position, but did not want to work weekends. I liked the TBH approach to staffing. It doesn’t require weekend coverage. Compensation is flexible, allowing one to work a customized number of hours at most sites, and the ability to change one’s schedule easily. Most refreshing is Gary’s transparency. He is very open about work conditions at his various sites, discusses compensation, even discusses his overhead. He graciously invited me to the TBH annual meeting at his expense before I began my employment, welcoming me to the TBH family.
An employer is tested when things go a bit sideways. The position I was originally hired for in Visalia was terminated when the hospital chose to go with a different group. Gary’s response was to offer to keep me whole financially if I chose to stay with TBH in another location. This included covering all relocation expenses, and because we had recently purchased a house, keeping us whole in the sale of that house. I can’t adequately describe how exceptional and amazing that is, and how much my wife and I appreciate it. Our move was complicated, done in three parts spread over several months. TBH was there at every step, quickly paying invoices, no questions asked.
Gary is loyal to his physicians. When he says he will do something, he does. He takes the time to know his physicians and their families, and cares very much about their well-being and job satisfaction. I remain a very happy and satisfied full-time TBH employee and plan to remain so until I retire. Gary and TBH value their physicians like no one else.”
“I have been working for TBH for two years and although I am a part—time staff physician, I have always been made to feel I belong to the greater TBH community. As the mother of a small child I cannot emphasize enough the value of having a flexible and accommodating work environment and have found this and more to be true of TBH. From day one, Gary has made me feel as integral to TBH as any full time employee and the TBH culture is one in which all employees are valued, respected and empowered to carve out a position uniquely suited to their individual needs. While TBH physicians come from a variety of backgrounds and have a variety of interests and goals, we share in common a commitment to provide high quality care because while TBH demands the best from us, it provides a strong foundation for good work in return. At TBH, physician satisfaction and well being are not just catchy terms given lip service but are truly made a top priority because Gary seems to recognize how essential physician job satisfaction is to the health and functioning of the company at large. Thank you Gary, and thank you TBH!”
“With the arrival of TBH, the sun is rising in Humboldt County for the patients with mental illness and their families and for the many doctors and staff that will now have strong jobs with a stable future. Working in different capacities with TBH since 2008, I have long spoken the company’s praises. To not repeat myself, here are my newest insights. I am struck by Dr. Hayes’ tenacity for positive development and his insistence on providing the company’s product (happy doctors who love their work, really) all of the time, anytime, always. And, like a caterpillar to a butterfly, Dr. Hayes flourishes through adaption, growth and change. I am convinced Dr. Hayes’ team will always win, so it continues to be a thrill to work with TBH. It is fun to see how the team will do it – meet the goal, achieve the given ends, and what will happen next. Dr. Hayes is sort of like Steve Jobs – visionary, resolute, and determined to arrive at the product that is already in his mind, the product that will withstand whatever is thrown up against it. If TBH had stock to sell, I would regularly invest; but since they do not, I work happily with TBH and attend the doctor dinners. 🙂 The TBH home office staff are the best.”
“After 50 years of practicing medicine, I still find intermittent assignments to various settings served by TBH a professionally stimulating and valuable learning experience.”
“Thank you so much for coordinating my site visits. I truly had a fantastic time. You should be insanely proud as you have managed to develop a company where physicians are not only satisfied they are deliriously happy with their employment situation. The doctors were warm, friendly and engaging and I truly felt I was able to get an honest feel for the work environment and the system itself.”