Richard Seager announced he will step down as president and CEO of Journey Health System after more than 12 years of service. In Thursday’s board meeting, the board acted to appoint Guy Signor, Journey’s current chief operating officer as CEO effective Aug. 1. Seager will remain as president for six to 12 months to effect the transition.

During his tenure, Seager orchestrated the expansion of Beacon Light from a Bradford, Pennsylvania-based mental health service provider with just over $25 million in revenue, to Journey Health System with five affiliate members, a physician practice and more than $84 million in revenue.

Prior to leading JHS, Seager grew Deerfield Behavioral Health, Inc. in Warren, from two employees and $200,000 in yearly revenue, to more than 90 staff members and $7.5 million in revenue. He also pioneered the development, sales and marketing for LOCUS Software, a national “level of care” placement standard for mental health care that is now mandated in at least 14 states.

In addition, he organized and developed two professional practices in northwestern Pennsylvania with more than 17 psychiatrists.

Despite his strong track record of financial growth and strategic partnerships over his long career, Seager still sees his roots as a mental health technician and emergency service intake worker as most influential on his profession.

“When you sit with an individual or family in crisis, struggling with the effects of mental illness, and desperate for hope or a belief that help is possible – and then to be able to offer that possibility to them – that is why I do what I do,” Seager said. “It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day politics, finances, or paperwork of running a large organization like Journey Health System. But reminding myself of the individuals being served – being helped – each day through our programs is what has inspired my commitment to service.”

Seager lives in Warren with his wife Patricia Durbin.

In his new role as CEO, Signor hopes to continue the growth and expansion of Journey Health System.

“We already have plans underway for a multi-million dollar building project in St. Marys through our affiliate Dickinson Center as well as new mental health programs expanding into Brookville and Kittanning,” Signor said. “My initial goal is to continue strategic program development and build upon the initiatives started under Mr. Seager’s leadership.”

Signor, a Bradford native, joined JHS in 1996, then known as The Children’s Home of Bradford. He has held many positions within the organization during his tenure and has been in management positions over the past 15 years. In his most recent role as the COO and Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Signor was responsible for human resources, compliance, accreditation, facilities, information technology, fund development, marketing and communications.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University. For 10 years, Signor served on the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce where he was the past president. He lives in Bradford with his wife Dara, and their two children, Ellery and Mitchell.For more information, visit www.journeyhealth.org.