A desire to make a difference drives Jameson’s work in the field. “Families are struggling too often in silence and longing for answers,” he says. “It is a privilege to be part of a team that is innovating solutions and in a position to deliver on a promise of hope and healing in the face of what I believe is the most significant challenge of our time.” Jameson mentors prison inmates and serves on several non-profit boards, including the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare and REBOOT Combat Recovery.
Prior to joining Newport, Jameson was CEO of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, where he led behavioral health services for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, and school-based mental health programs administered by Vanderbilt. During his tenure, the company achieved unprecedented growth in outpatient, inpatient, emergency psychiatry, telehealth, and integrated behavioral health services. Before that, Jameson held the CEO position at Acadia Healthcare’s North Tampa Behavioral Health facility, where he oversaw a large inpatient expansion and launched three new services, including a military program commended for its innovative approach to empowering post-traumatic growth and recovery. Prior to entering the behavioral healthcare field, Jameson spent seven years on active-duty service as an Infantry Officer in the US Marine Corps, and continues his military service in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Advice I Would Give My 20-Something Self
Ten percent of life is what happens to you; the other 90 percent is how you respond. Looking back, there are no periods of adversity that have not had a positive outcome if I reacted favorably to them by learning and finding ways to improve. When you have the opportunity to lead, do the right thing, do your absolute best work, and show people you care. I have found that the one thing that will bring lasting happiness is working to make life better for others, and the DNA of joy is gratitude.