2022 Year in Review

Jan 25, 2023Blog

As we kick off the new year, we’d like to look back on everything our organization and staff accomplished in 2022.

Staff Achievements

Our organization grew as we welcomed Joyce Parsons as our new Director of Nursing and 5 key staff members were promoted. Leah Evans was promoted to Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance, Rita Mecca was promoted to Chief Financial Officer, Michele Sterling became our new Clinical Director, Rebecca Kimmons was promoted to Director of Housing and Joshua Pippin was promoted to Treatment Housing Manager. 

2022 was also a landmark year for several of our longest standing employees. Shiela Pullen celebrated 22 years with the organization, Joyce Parsons hit the 18 year mark, Wynida Marshall celebrated 17 years, Leah Evans and Trina Palmer reached 15 years, Daniel Messick reached 13 years, and Christina Perry, Stephania Numat, Kerry Turner and Rebecca Kimmons all celebrated 10 years with Hudson.

Community Involvement

Not only do we work every day to provide vital treatment and recovery services to our community, but our staff and leadership also stay involved in community events throughout the year. Back in February, Marketing and Community Liaison Alex Pullen dropped off lunch to the Salisbury Fire Department as a thank you for protecting and serving our community.

June was a big month for Salisbury as they hosted parades for Pride Month and Juneteenth, and the Hudson team sponsored both events and participated in the parades. Also in June, BLF Enterprises LLC and the Justin Armstrong Foundation hosted their annual softball tournament to benefit scholarship beds at Hudson. They raised over $9,000 to help uninsured individuals receive life-saving treatment.

Throughout the year Hudson participates in regional job fairs to raise awareness about the rewarding careers available at our organization. You can usually spot Director of Human Resources Suzanne Caputo or Marketing and Community Liaison Alex Pullen at the booth!

In August, several of our staff members golfed in the Chesapeake Health Care golf tournament, which Hudson sponsored. The biggest month of the year for all recovery organizations is September, which is nationally recognized as Recovery Month. Hudson hosted a fireworks night at the Delmarva Shorebirds during Recovery Month and participated in the Shatter the Stigma Walk hosted by Wicomico Goes Purple along with the Recovery Walk in Ocean City hosted by the Atlantic Club.

Management is excited to have established a fund to help patients by providing them with much needed clothing, personal prescriptions and sundries. Many of the patients come in with little to no clothing or supplies. Hudson contributed over $21,000 to this fund in 2022.


Hudson Behavioral Health and several members of leadership were honored with awards in 2022. At the beginning of the year, on behalf of the organization CEO Leslie Brown accepted the award for Nonprofit of the Year presented by the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. Just a few months later, Leslie herself was honored with the Health Officer Award of Excellence from the Wicomico County Health Department. Leslie was chosen because of her efforts to increase access to recovery services on the lower Eastern Shore.

After a rigorous review process, Hudson earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Health Care by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

At the Tuerk Conference on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment in September, Director of Admissions Shiela Pullen, LPN was honored with the Unsung Hero Award for her dedication to patients.

To close out the year, Hudson received the Best Mental Health Facility award from Metropolitan Magazine, and Dr. Efigenio Bautista, the resident psychiatrist at Hudson, received the Best Psychiatrist award.

Facility Growth

The need for recovery treatment continues to grow in our area, and we have responded with facility growth to continue providing the best possible level of care. Tau House, which is one of our sober living homes in Georgetown, DE, underwent renovations in 2022 to the bathrooms, kitchen, and offices.

We also gave our residential campus in Salisbury, MD a refresh with new paint, flooring, and furniture in many of the patient rooms and common areas.

We also acquired two new buildings in 2022. 1501 Emerson Avenue, which is located directly next to our administrative offices, will serve as a learning center. 120 South Boulevard in Salisbury, MD is a proposed outpatient facility that we hope to open in 2023.

A lot can be accomplished in just 365 days, and we are already hard at work on making 2023 as successful a year as 2022 was! Keep up with everything we’re working on by following us on Facebook @hudsonbehavioralhealth.

Hudson delivering lunch to the Salisbury Fire Department

BLF Enterprises and the Justin Armstrong Foundation raised over $9,000 for Hudson scholarships beds at their annual softball tournament

Hudson staff participating in the Pride Parade

Hudson staff attending the Recovery Walk in Ocean City hosted by the Atlantic Club

CFO Rita Mecca and CEO Leslie Brown in front of 1501 Emerson Avenue, the new learning center

Hudson purchased 120 South Boulevard and plans to turn it into an outpatient facility

About us

Hudson Behavioral Health was formed in 1980 (as Hudson Health Services, Inc.) to bring the first residential recovery program to the Eastern Shore. Today, thousands of patients later, we remain the leader in recovery programs and resources, with our staff of 100 committed to serving each patient as an individual.