Rachel Legend, LICSW
Chief Executive Officer
Rachel is a proven healthcare leader with the ability to create a positive impact on the bottom line by analyzing the patient care experience, quality metrics and staff efficiencies from hospital access to discharge. She has been able to drive and lead a team approach to care, steeped in evidence-based practice, through diligent monitoring, coaching, and education to instill muscle memory with respect to expectations of an elite, premiere behavioral health facility where staff mirror these expectations. The micro-analysis of pressure points on this continuum continually expose opportunities for growth and change.
Rachel received a national award, alongside KD Lang and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, from the Human Rights Campaign for her work with youth in California and the UHS Chairman’s Council Award three years in a row for exceptional clinical hospital metrics resulting in the Eagle Award.
Rachel has a lifelong commitment to diversity and progressive healthcare engagement and access. She recently completed her Graduate Certificate in LGBT Healthcare where she was recognized with the Outstanding Promise Award from Drexel University for her work creating and implementing best practices in clinical engagement of LGBT patients. She graduated from Leadership Rhode Island’s year long program for RI leaders, was recognized by Rhode Island College with their Annual Diversity Award. Rachel is experienced in hospital administration, program development, innovative fiscal opportunities, community activism and prevention programming, lobbying, and macro policy and legislative work allowing her to bring an array of experience to her work and collaborations.
Patrick Gorman, LICSW
Chief Operating Officer in Training
Patrick Gorman was selected as Pembroke Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer in July of 2021 and prior, was the Director of Clinical Services here at Pembroke Hospital. Patrick served as Director of Clinical Services for over two years, reshaping the way clinical services has been performed at the hospital. From increasing safety measures on the units, to hiring discharge planners to ensure a thorough discharge plan, Patrick played an integral part in revamping the hospital’s day to day processes.
Patrick also has an extensive history of working in acute psychiatric settings including inpatient psychiatric facilities, mobile crisis, and emergency department triage. Prior to Pembroke Hospital, Patrick served as the clinical supervisor and Program Director for a family counseling center in Brockton, MA. He currently provides outpatient psychotherapy in private practice in addition to his role as Pembroke Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer. Patrick is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degree from Bridgewater State University.
Dr. Ashhal Jastaniah
Dr. Ashhal Jastaniah has been Medical Director since December 17, 2018. In this role, Dr. Jastaniah is responsible for the oversight of clinical programs, supervision of the medical staff, maintaining compliance with the requirements of regulatory agencies, collaboration with hospital leadership and representing the hospital in professional affiliations with community providers. Dr. Jastaniah joined Pembroke Hospital’s Medical Staff in March of 2017 as an Associate Medical Director overseeing and providing care in the hospital’s inpatient adolescent unit and both the adult and adolescent partial hospital programs.
Dr. Jastaniah earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Allied Sciences at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah Aribia, completed his residency at the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Missouri, a psychopharmacology fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Missouri. Dr. Jastaniah holds a Board Certification in Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Chief Financial Officer
Erin McGarry joined Pembroke Hospital in November of 2020. Formerly, Erin McGarry was the CFO of MeYou Health, a Boston-based company with a turn-key wellness platform that enables insurers, and small/midsize businesses to increase employee well-being in measurable ways. MeYou Health has repeatedly appeared on the Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” list. The company is backed by investors from Ballast Point Ventures of Tampa, Florida. Erin started her career in the Boston audit group at KPMG. She has worked for BCBS of MA and Two Brattle Center. She joined QuitNet in 2004 as CFO, and after selling QuitNet to Axia and working on Healthways’ acquisition of Axia, worked in various areas of finance and accounting at Healthways. In 2009, Healthways, under the direction of then-CEO Ben Leedle and former MeYou Health CEO Chris Cartter, formed MeYou Health. A wholly owned subsidiary of Healthways, MeYou Health asked Erin to join as CFO. MeYou Health’s executive team spun out the company from Healthways in 2016.
Erin’s ability to multitask is critical to the success of a startup organization. Her deep understanding of accounting, finance, and contracting are just a few of her contributions. She also ran the human resources department, managed privacy and security for the organization, and oversaw the facility’s functions.
Erin has a BS in accounting from Lehigh University. She currently resides in Canton with her husband Steve and is the proud mother to four children: Billy, Annie, Ben, and Mary Margaret.
Director of Risk Management
Stacey Burns joined Pembroke Hospital’s team in 2010 as Director of Risk Management and Quality Improvement. Stacey has a wide array of past experience that have shaped her knowledge of risk management, compliance, and quality. Namely, Stacey’s past work with the May Institute gave her a deep understanding of mental health advocacy and DMH regulations. Stacey managed the Community Rehabilitation Support Program, a DMH funded program that helped clients handle their mental health diagnosis more effectively and connect them to resources. Stacey also has also worked with the crisis hotline, ran her own business, and worked in the publishing industry. Stacey received her Bachelors of Science in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University, and has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Katie Wollner, RN
Director of Admissions
Katie Wollner, RN joined Pembroke Hospital’s team in 2008 as an evening nurse on our co-occuring unit. Katie was later promoted to charge nurse in 2009. Katie has always had a passion for helping those with co-occuring mental health and substance use disorders. Katie’s work on the floor gave her a deep understanding of inpatient treatment which propelled her to be promoted to Admissions Team Member and later to the Director of Admissions position in July of 2018. Katie’s admissions team oversees our 24 hr. admissions department for our partial hospitalization and inpatient admissions. Katie received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Bridgewater State University and later received her nursing degree from Laboure College of Nursing. Katie met her husband while they were both working at Pembroke Hospital. She became the proud step-mother to his son and daughter and the family welcomed a baby girl this last year.
Community Relations Coordinator
Heather joined Pembroke Hospital’s team in February of 2019. Heather has past experience in non-profit work and marketing. Previously to joining Pembroke, Heather worked for a local a homeless agency helping families find housing and move out of shelter. Heather’s work in the community and understanding of community agencies drove her to seek a position in connecting the community to mental health services at Pembroke Hospital. Heather earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on marketing and management from the University of New Hampshire while serving as Assistant Captain for the Division 1 women’s ice hockey team. She continued at the University of New Hampshire to complete her Master of Arts Degree in Community Development, Policy & Practice. Heather enjoys coaching hockey and playing guitar.
Heather’s main role is to act as liaison for Pembroke Hospital in the community. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to email her at [email protected].