Inside The Industry: Psychiatric Services

River Oaks Hospital
Deagan Watson

River Oaks Hospital is excited to welcome Deagan Watson to New Orleans as its new CEO, who looks forward to continuing the psychiatric hospital’s 40-year tradition of excellence on the New Orleans Southshore. Watson moved to New Orleans with his wife and two children from Gainesville, Florida, where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at The Vines Hospital in Ocala, Florida, after serving as the Program Director at North Florida Regional Medical Center.

Since 1970, River Oaks Hospital has provided quality treatment to adolescents and adults suffering from psychiatric illness, alcohol and drug addiction, trauma-based disorders, compulsive behaviors and eating disorders from its 14-acre campus. River Oaks has been the community leader for inpatient substance abuse treatment and is proud to be a resource for the Southeast as one of the few hospitals offering an inpatient program specifically for treating trauma-based disorders and eating disorders.

“I am proud to have chosen to work at a hospital with such an amazing team. The employees at River Oaks are selfless, dedicated and true patient advocates,” says Watson. As the new CEO, Watson is excited about guiding River Oaks Hospital as it adapts to today’s behavioral health needs.
“The needs of the community have changed over the last 40 years and we are working on a plan to be the best resource we can be,” he says.

To that end, Watson is meeting with community leaders such as parish presidents, judges and healthcare providers. The hospital is proud to join the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Metairie as it extends its community outreach and involvement. 



1525 River Oaks Road West • New Orleans
504-734-1740 •