Carrington & Carrington Assists Cook County Health with Chief Behavioral Health Officer Search

October 2, 2023 – Carrington & Carrington Diversity Executive Search has has assisted in the recruitment of Thomas Nutter as the new chief behavioral health officer for Cook County Health (CCH), a safety net health system for low-income patients in the Chicago area.

Dr. Nutter is a board-certified psychiatrist with broad clinical interests and more than 20 years post-residency clinical experience that includes private-sector, public-sector, and academic settings. Prior to joining Cook County Health, he served as chief of mental health at the Edward Hines Jr. Veteran Affairs Hospital, one the VA’s highest-performing 1A systems of mental healthcare.

In his new position with Cook County Health, Dr. Nutter provides leadership and clinical expertise in expanding the organization’s behavioral health programs and supporting community-based services. He is responsible for growing access to care for patients with mental health conditions (including substance use disorders) as well as for justice-involved patients.

In addition, Dr. Nutter will provide leadership with a focus on the overall behavioral health from a population health perspective across the health system including oversight of the growth of inpatient services through the development of a new inpatient psychiatric unit, outpatient services though expanded service coverage, community-based services, substance abuse services, and justice-involved patient services. As a member of the medical staff, Dr. Nutter will be required to provide direct patient care.

Founded in 1835, Cook County Health provides a wide variety of healthcare services to Cook County residents regardless of their ability to pay. Its facilities include John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, Cermak Health Services, Oak Forest Hospital, Provident Hospital, Cook County Department of Public Health and the Ambulatory and Community Health Network, as well as the Ruth Rothstein CORE Center. CCH oversees a comprehensive, integrated system of healthcare throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County through its seven affiliates: three hospitals, a growing ambulatory and community health network, a public health department, a correctional healthcare facility, and an outpatient infectious disease center. It is overseen by an independent board.


Carrington & Carrington, with offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Memphis, was founded in 1979 and specializes in the recruitment and placement of African Americans, Latinos, women, LGBTQ, and other diverse professionals. It places middle management and senior level executives across various industries and functional areas. Co-founded by Willie and Marian Carrington, the firm ranks as one of the most respected African American-owned search firms in the nation.

Related: Carrington & Carrington Seeks Leader for Provident Hospital of Cook County

Mr. Carrington has played and continues to play a significant role in increasing the representation of diverse professionals in major companies including banking, finance, manufacturing, and utilities. Prior to this, he was executive director of Inroads/Chicago and an auditor for the former CPA firm Arthur Andersen & Company.

Carrington & Carrington Seeks CHRO for Cook County Health
Carrington & Carrington Diversity Executive Search has been enlisted to find an associate chief human resources officer, talent management for Cook County Health. This executive leads the human resources/talent management team providing leadership and direction to support and advance the mission and goals of Cook County Health. The individual will be responsible for strategic planning and the delivery of effective HR strategies overseeing talent acquisition, compensation, and operations for CCH. In addition, this executive develops improvement programs and initiatives, ensures compliance with state and federals laws and regulations, the CCH employment plan, and the joint commission.

Ms. Carrington is heavily focused in the firm’s healthcare, academic, and non-profit sectors. She was previously a human resources and operations executive with Allstate Insurance. She focuses in large part on the healthcare, academic, and non-profit sectors.

Recently Called In

Carrington & Carrington has been selected by the Safer Foundation to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. The CFO is responsible for all budgeting, financial accounting, financial and asset controls, purchasing, collections, payables, investments, financial analysis, the financial aspects of business planning, and a variety of administrative functions. This executive assures that other managers and the board of Safer have timely and accurate information with which to make decisions. Reporting directly to the president and CEO, the CFO is an integral part of Safer’s senior management team and will be relied on to articulate and manage to the organization’s desired culture. The CFO responsibilities extend to all subsidiaries and related entities of the Safer Foundation.

Candidates should have knowledge of all accounting techniques, standards, regulations, and practices. They must have solid working knowledge of the investment and capital resource community as well as a high knowledge level regarding taxation for both profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Related: Carrington & Carrington Seeks Executive Director/Chief Development Officer for the Cook County Health Foundation

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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