A Welcome Letter from the CEO
Warmest welcome to SLBMI. Whether this is your first introduction to us or you are a long-time friend of the Institute, I hope that you find your experiences with us genuinely true to our missions as possible.
The roots of SLBMI began within the founding of the Division of Behavioral Medicine by Dr. Ronald Margolis in 1982 at Saint Louis University Medical Center. In 1995, Dr. Margolis established the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute as a free-standing resource for behavioral healthcare in the St. Louis Metropolitan Community, as well as serving patients from around the country. SLBMI became an academic affiliate of St. Louis University and joined Universal Health Services, Inc., one of the nation’s leading mental health providers. Throughout SLBMI’s history, it has grown and has continued to expand. Currently, we have three locations serving St. Louis City, Chesterfield and Belleville, with a multidisciplinary group of over 60 clinicians.
In 2019, SLBMI’s Dr. Margolis stepped down as CEO and I accepted the position. I am honored and privileged to be given the opportunity and responsibility to continue Dr. Margolis’ legacy to grow and expand the Institute as a recognized leader in the delivery, discovery, education and advancement of behavioral health treatment.
SLBMI was built on the cornerstone of four missions:
- Deliver compassionate, interdisciplinary patient care attentive to the vital relationship between body, mind, and spirit.
- Discover new knowledge and effective treatments by conducting scientific research and staying abreast of the progress in the field.
- Educate healthcare students and professionals.
- Advance community awareness of behavioral medicine principles to prevent illness and enhance health.
I believe our mission statements are what have led the Institute into a fully established leading expert in the community for quality multidisciplinary specialty behavioral health treatment and advancement of knowledge in the field, both regionally and nationally.
The Institute is proud of its focus on recruiting and advancing expertise with social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists to provide specialty treatment. Our clinicians and psychiatrists are highly trained in a multitude of primary mental health areas, including depression, adult ADHD, grief counseling, stress counseling, psychological testing services, and marriage, family and couples counseling.
As a practicing Licensed Clinical Psychologist myself, I firmly believe in upholding the strongest values within excellence to quality within each of the Institute’s mission statements. If I can be of any help, including feedback or suggestions on how the Institute could improve its services, you may also contact me at [email protected].
Jessica Gerfen, PhD