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Deagan Watson

Chief Executive Officer


Deagan Watson joined Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital as chief executive officer in July 2020. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in the mental healthcare industry to the role, Watson will lead Lakeview’s growth as it continues to serve as the behavioral health hospital that patients need and a positive resource within the community.

Watson moved to Atlanta with his wife and three children from New Orleans, where he most recently was CEO at River Oaks Hospital after serving as the chief operating officer at The Vines Hospital in Ocala, Florida. Born and raised in Gainesville, Watson holds degrees in mental health counseling, psychology, and general psychology from the University of Florida, Nova Southeastern, and Capella University. He is a licensed mental health counselor and has worked in all clinical arenas serving patients who have mental health and substance use disorders.

Experienced and driven, Watson has been recognized for his ability to systematically open and grow programs and departments at a high level clinically while maintaining a positive hospital culture. Under his leadership, River Oaks Hospital was named the city’s Best Mental Health Care Facility for three consecutive years in New Orleans City Business’ annual Reader Rankings.

He is a firm proponent of clinical and treatment programming that prioritizes person-centered planning, trauma-informed care, and patient wellness and recovery. He plans to maintain an overall level of excellence and continue to make Lakeview a hospital where patients thrive and staff members are proud to work.

As a leader, Watson’s emphasis is on building a high-performing organization by creating a culture that embodies safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment.


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