Sheppard Pratt Health System's Dr. Edward Zuzarte Recipient of 2014 Frances J. Lentz Mental Health Professional of the Year

Top Quote NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore awards Mental Health Professional of the Year to doctor with unique personal approach to engaging patients. End Quote
  • Baltimore, MD (1888PressRelease) September 17, 2014 - Sheppard Pratt Health System is pleased to share that Dr. Edward Zuzarte, service chief of the Psychotic Disorders Unit, is the recipient of NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore's 2014 Frances J. Lentz Mental Health Professional of the Year award for his dedication and hard work to better mental health care.

    The award is presented each year to an exemplary mental health professional that goes above and beyond his or her professional duties to improve the lives of patients and their families, and is named in honor of Frances J. Lentz, a former NAMI volunteer, who made a big impact in the lives of people with mental illness.

    "In our minds, NAMI's selection of Dr. Zuzarte for this award is a no-brainer," said Dr. Steven S. Sharfstein, president and chief executive officer of Sheppard Pratt Health System. "In his tenure at Sheppard Pratt Health System, he has time and time again gone out of his way to support his patients and ensure we are providing the best mental health care throughout our health system."

    The award was presented Monday, September 15, at NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore's 31st Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.

    In the award program NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore writes, "Dr. Zuzarte's work with individuals living with mental illness and their families at Sheppard Pratt and Mosaic Community Services exemplifies the mission and values of NAMI. He is recognized as a mental health professional who works tirelessly in support of his patients. His colleagues and patients note that his efficacy comes not only from his medical knowledge but from his engaging and personal approach to mental health care, taking time with patients, connecting them to resources, and playing an active role in Mosaic's group homes."

    "We congratulate Dr. Zuzarte on his hard work," said Dr. Robert Roca, vice president of medical affairs at Sheppard Pratt Health System. "We are grateful to have him on staff and do our best to learn from him each and every day."

    About Sheppard Pratt Health System
    Sheppard Pratt Health System is dedicated to improving quality of life through mental health, special education, and addiction services for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our patient-centered treatment approach, combined with our legacy of clinical excellence, sets us apart from other health systems on both a local and national level. We have been ranked among the nation's top psychiatric hospitals for 24 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.

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