Addressing the Crisis: SimiTree Behavioral Health Enlists Recruiter Polly Cooper to Combat Behavioral Health Provider Shortage

[November 29, 2023] Camden, CT — SimiTree Behavioral Health, the leader in tech-enabled RCM, data analytics, professional services, and talent management for behavioral health organizations, is pleased to announce the addition of Polly Cooper to its Talent Solutions team as a Senior Manager of Executive Search.

According to the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, the behavioral health workforce in the United States is currently facing a provider shortage and a demand for services, making it difficult for people to access care.

SimiTree Behavioral Health is addressing this shortage by hiring top talent like Polly Cooper, who has a proven track record in recruiting high-level clinical roles such as psychiatrists, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), licensed counselors, and medical directors.

“SimiTree Behavioral Health is excited to have Polly Cooper on board and looks forward to her contributions in recruiting top-tier clinicians to meet the increasing demand for behavioral health providers,” said Eric Scharber, Executive Vice President at SimiTree leading all talent acquisition and retention efforts. “With her expertise and dedication, SimiTree Behavioral Health aims to continue providing exceptional talent solutions to behavioral health organizations across the country.”

Polly Cooper brings almost 20 years of recruiting experience, many specific to the behavioral health industry, to her role at SimiTree Behavioral Health. Previously, Cooper led clinical recruiting at innovaTel Telepsychiatry, where she played a pivotal role in growing their national provider network from 40 clinicians to more than 200 providers during her four-year tenure.

Her expertise in designing and implementing a successful clinical recruitment model contributed to innovaTel's recognition as one of the top-growing telehealth mental health organizations in the country.

"I am thrilled to join SimiTree Behavioral Health’s Talent Solutions team,” said Cooper. “Guided by a deep passion for connecting providers with their perfect clinical roles, I am eager to leverage my expertise in considering crucial factors like company culture, geography, clinical setting, cultural competence, and work-life balance.”

“In my new role, I see an incredible opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of both clinicians and the individuals they serve. I firmly believe that when clinicians find their optimal work environments, the result is not just exceptional care but also enhanced provider satisfaction and retention,” Cooper continued. “I look forward to being part of a team dedicated to elevating the standards of behavioral health recruitment and fostering environments where everyone can thrive."

About SimiTree Talent Solutions

Founded in 2005 by Eric Scharber, SimiTree Talent Solutions is the healthcare industry’s choice for interim leadership, recruiting, retention strategies, and interim revenue cycle staffing. Specializing in home health, hospice, and behavioral health, the SimiTree Talent Solutions team has a unique blend of expertise, knowledge, and managerial acumen that supports the goals of each client. For more information, visit SimiTree Talent Solutions on the web.

About SimiTree Behavioral Health

SimiTree Behavioral Health is a part of SimiTree, a leader in tech-enabled RCM, outsourcing, professional services, and talent solutions for the home health, hospice, and behavioral health industries. SimiTree Behavioral Health offers billing and collections services; clinical, financial, EHR, and IT consulting; executive placement, interim leadership, and other talent solutions; merger and acquisition support; and behavioral health data analytics. For more information, visit simitreebehavioralhealth.com.


Media contact: Lynn Eastep, Vice President, Marketing, SimiTree, leastep@SimiTreehc.com