A new administrator is on board at the Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) in Evanston, which is a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) healthcare facility.
Bill Rein, the new WSH administrator, has extensive experience working in the mental health field. He most recently served as superintendent of Larned State Hospital in Kansas, which operates three hospital programs (a general psychiatric hospital, a criminal forensic hospital and a sexual predator treatment program) with approximately 450 patients and 800 employees. He has also worked as an attorney and an administrative law judge, and in several positions with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Aging.
“With such a deep background and extensive mental health administration experience, we believe we are fortunate to have Bill join our department,” said Chris Newman, Behavioral Health Division senior administrator with WDH. “The state hospital plays a key role in serving the needs of Wyoming citizens and we look forward to Bill’s leadership of this important healthcare facility.”
Rein replaces Paul Mullenax, a longtime WSH employee who served as acting superintendent since the August retirement of the previous administrator.
WSH, part of the WDH Behavioral Health Division, is Wyoming’s only state-operated psychiatric hospital and has been providing mental health services in Evanston for state residents since 1887.