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Denise Kitson Promoted to Director of Inpatient Clinical Services at Park Royal Behavioral Health Services

Denise Kitson Promoted to Director of Inpatient Clinical Services at Park Royal Behavioral Health Services

Mike Evans, CEO of Park Royal Hospital, is pleased to announce that Denise Kitson has been promoted to Director of Inpatient Clinical Services. She will be responsible for all inpatient clinical services including social work, counseling services, activities and group therapy and discharge planning.

Kitson previously showed strong leadership as Program Director of the Co-Occurring Treatment Program for Park Royal Behavioral Health Services.

Park Royal’s inpatient programs ensure every patient’s needs are addressed through a multidisciplinary team including board-certified psychiatrists, therapists, primary carephysicians, physical therapists, dietitians and around-the-clock clinical and nursing staff.

Denise Kitson“Denise Kitson’s experience and passion are proven assets to the patients and staff of Park Royal Hospital. I am excited to see her talents enhance and grow the work of our Inpatient Clinical Services.”

Kitson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master of Social Work from New York University. She brings counseling, social work and managerial experience to Park Royal. For four years, she was a program director with Brandywine Counseling in Delaware, serving people with HIV and AIDS. She later directed that area’s first residential addiction treatment program for women with children.

For two years, Kitson was clinical manager of Sinai Hospital Addictions Recovery Program and then directed Horizon House, Inc., where she helped to open the first licensed program for co-occurring disorders in Delaware.

“I am excited to use my knowledge and experience as director of our very comprehensive and compassionate inpatient program to serve the Southwest Florida population,” Kitson said.

“We’re in our second year now at Park Royal, and we’ve been growing and adding services. I’m looking ahead as we continue to grow into our role as the area’s hospital of choice for behavioral health – as the provider of choice for inpatient and outpatient mental health services in Southwest Florida and the region. We’ll be taking it all to the next level of excellence with enriched clinical programming and staff training.  We’re fortunate to be able to draw from the resources and experience of a national behavioral health organization in providing the best care possible,” Kitson said.

About Park Royal Behavioral Health Services

Park Royal Hospital opened in February 2012 as a freestanding behavioral health facility providing life-changing care to adults and seniors who need help coping with life’s challenges. As part of the Acadia Healthcare group, Park Royal Hospital is a 103-bed facility offering clinical programs that help a patient return to a full and productive life. The facility offers a full range of services, including inpatient and intensive outpatient programs. The hospital treats both adult and geriatric patients for depression, anxiety and mood disorders, memory issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. Park Royal admits patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and accepts most insurance, including Medicare. Any concerned person, including family members, friends, companions, physicians and social workers, can make a referral. Park Royal is licensed for involuntary commitment and also offers crisis intervention services.

Park Royal Hospital is located off Summerlin Road at 9421 Park Royal Drive in Fort Myers. For more information call (239) 985-2760, email or visit our website at

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