Letter: Dangerous Myths About Teen Drinking Need To Be Cleared Up

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To the editor:

We are writing to support the “Our Darien” Campaign, launched by the Thriving Youth Task Force of The Community Fund of Darien. This Campaign focuses on underage drinking and, in particular, how certain attitudes that surround it can be contributing factors. The people who work at Silver Hill Hospital are passionate about educating the community and engaging in prevention efforts in surrounding towns like Darien. _____

“For instance, the earlier kids start drinking, the more likely they are to experience alcohol-related injury and alcohol dependence later in life.” _____

We are proud members of the Thriving Youth Task Force and also provide programs on substance use and mental health in conjunction with the Darien Depot, the Darien YWCA Parent Awareness Program, the Darien Library, and the Darien Health Department.

John Santopietro president medical director Silver Hill Hospital 08-01-17

Silver Hill Hospital Picks New President, Ackerman Steps Down After 14 Years

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Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan has appointed Dr. John Santopietro as the new president and medical director of the private psychiatric hospital effective in early September. He succeeds Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, who held both titles for 14 years. “John has a broad knowledge of the mental healthcare industry on a national level,” said Peter Orthwein, chairman of the Board of Directors for the 86-year-old hospital, in an announcement released by Silver Hill. “He is an innovative leader with a track record of growth and program development, as well as an opinion leader and national spokesperson for mental health.” Santopietro joins Silver Hill Hospital from Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, N.C. where he held the positions of chief clinical officer of behavioral health and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry.