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.
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.