CHA News Article

Zeller Receives Šimanek Distinguished Service Award

CHA’s Center for Behavioral Health presented Dr. Scott Zeller, chief of psychiatric emergency services for the Alameda Health System, with the Šimanek Distinguished Service Award on Dec. 10 during the eighth annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium in Huntington Beach.

Dr. Zeller is immediate past president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and author of numerous articles and book chapters. He is also co-editor of “Emergency Psychiatry: Principles and Practice” (Lipincott, 2008), considered the first comprehensive textbook on emergency psychiatry.

Dr. Zeller founded and directed Project BETA, a multi-center effort that published best practices guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of agitation in 2012. In 2009, he was named Alameda County Outstanding Physician of the Year, and in 2012, Dr. Zeller won the San Francisco Business Times’ “Heroes of Healthcare” award.

The Šimanek Distinguished Service Award, named after its first recipient attorney Joe Šimanek, recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in the behavioral health setting.