Scott Zeller, MD, discusses a patient-centered approach to treating behavioral health emergencies that also relieves strain on hospitals, as published in Becker’s Hospital Review.
Scott Zeller, MD, is Vice President for Acute Psychiatry at the multistate multispecialty physician group partnership Vituity. He also serves as an assistant professor at the University of California-Riverside School of Medicine; Past President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry; Past Chair of the National Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies; and former Chief of Psychiatric Emergency Services for the Alameda Health System in Oakland, CA, where he developed the “Alameda Model.”
Dr. Zeller has authored multiple textbooks, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles, has lectured in-person in person on every continent on Earth except Antarctica, and is known as the co-inventor of Emergency Telepsychiatry and the creator of the EmPATH Unit (Emergency Psychiatry Assessment, Treatment, and Healing Unit) model for behavioral health emergency care. He led Project BETA (Best Practices in the Evaluation and Treatment of Agitation), which produced guidelines that have revolutionized the care approach to agitated individuals around the world.
The National Council awarded him the 2015 USA Doctor of the Year for Behavioral Health, and the 2019 California Hospital Association Heerman Award for making a landmark contribution to improving California healthcare, in 2020, Dr. Zeller was named one of the "ten most influential people in healthcare design" by Healthcare Design Magazine.