Deborah Weidner

Vice President Of Patient Safety And Quality Of The Behavioral Health Network — Hartford HealthCare

Dr. Weidner’s mission is to save lives through the aspirational goal of zero deaths by suicide and opiate overdose.

She is also passionate about improving the quality of care and humane experience of mental health and addiction patients through initiatives that reduce physical restraint, seclusion, and violence in psychiatric and medical settings.  In Dr. Weidner’s oversite role, she oversees all clinical performance initiatives, medical provider and service line quality metrics, and risk management.  

Dr. Weidner is a proven leader who has successfully led teams throughout her 25-year career.  She started in management as the medical director for the Adolescent Assessment Unit at Somerville Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), MA, dramatically reducing restraints to the lowest in the state.  She later directed ambulatory child and adolescent services at CHA, where she was pivotal in creating integrated services for pediatrics and behavioral health services, work which was published in Pediatrics.  Dr. Weidner then joined Natchaug Hospital, Hartford HealthCare, CT, and served as medical director for behavioral health services in the east region.  She continued to drive excellence in her role achieving best in class in key performance indicators.  Because of her passion for analytics and data and her team’s success, a vice president role was created for her overseeing quality and safety for the Behavioral Health Network of Hartford HealthCare.  

Dr. Weidner currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Association for Behavioral Health and the Board of Directors for the Windham Region No Freeze Project in Windham, CT.

Dr. Weidner is board certified in both general and child/adolescent psychiatry.  She completed her general psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her child and adolescent fellowship at Harvard Children’s Hospital of Boston.  Dr. Weidner completed her medical training at Ross University School of Medicine, where she earned the Highest Honors and received her Master’s in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.


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