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Gulf Bend's director of operations resigns to take new job in Corpus Christi

By JR Ortega
Jan. 7, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 6, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.

David Way

DAVID WAY

University of Houston-Victoria : Bachelor of Science in Psychology

University of Houston-Victoria : Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Psychology & Business Administration

George Washington University : Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance

David Way has resigned as director of operations and corporate compliance officer at Gulf Bend Center.

The resignation is effective Jan. 14, when Way begins his position with Continuum HealthCare as chief executive officer of Padre Behavioral Hospital, a private psychiatric facility in Corpus Christi.

"On one hand, I feel guilty," Way said about leaving Gulf Bend. "At the same time, I'm doing what I've always been encouraged to do."

The 43-year-old has served in the director of operations capacity for about nine years, but his growth in the behavioral science field started long before that - thanks to Gulf Bend.

At 17, Way helped special education students in an adaptive physical education class at Victoria High School, where he graduated from in 1986. And in his early 20s, he began learning more about behavioral science at Gulf Bend, with nothing more than his high school diploma.

Now's he's taken the next step.

"It's a real mix. It's a bittersweet deal," he said.

Prior to his position as director of operations, Way served as director of authority services, director of quality management and psychosocial rehabilitation program manager.

Don Polzin, executive director of Gulf Bend, is happy for Way.

Polzin said he understands Way's mission to integrate primary and behavioral health care. The opportunity as CEO of Padre Behavioral Hospital fits that niche, he said.

"Your challenge is always to be able to keep those people," he said about the Gulf Bend family. "I'm losing my wingman. My wingman is someone I've depended on. You build a relationship."

Way's position will not be filled until after the legislative session, Polzin said.

In the meantime, Gulf Bend's board will tweak the organizational structure before making any major decision.

Way is happy to have had experience in both the care and welfare of people and families who receive the center's services as well as in management.

Way will continue to live in Victoria with his wife of five years, Nicole, and his 2-year-old daughter Ayla. He will commute and sometimes stay at another home in Corpus Christi.

Aside from family, he is involved in the Rotary Club and is a members on several Victoria and state committees.

"I promise to keep giving back to the community," he said.

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