Nov. 12, 2012

Contact: Michael Slack

800-25-Peace ext. 8405


 KidsPeace Announces New Executive Director of Hospital 


Orefield, Pa. – KidsPeace, a national organization devoted to giving hope, help and healing to children, families and communities, is pleased to announce that John G. Lees, LSW, has joined the organization as the Executive Director of the KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital on the Orchard Hills Campus in Orefield, P. Lees’ duties will include overseeing all aspects of the hospital’s operations including, staffing, program development and quality of patient care.

Prior to joining KidsPeace, Lees spent nine years with Magellan Health Services, first as a Child & Adolescent Care Manager and more recently as the Child & Adolescent Care Management Supervisor, overseeing the clinical operations for the Children’s Care Management Department. Prior to Magellan Health Services, Lees worked in a variety of behavioral healthcare settings including community mental health, psychiatric inpatient units and adolescent treatment facilities. Lees received his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Westfield State College and his Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. He is married and has two young sons. The family resides in Hanover Township. 

The KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital is one of the largest free-standing child and adolescent psychiatric hospitals in the United States. This one-of-a kind facility is dedicated solely to addressing and healing the unique mental and behavioral health care needs of kids and young adults experiencing severe crises. It is located on a safe, secure countryside campus of more than 260 acres that provides on-site classrooms, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities and common rooms that contribute to a structured environment where kids feel supported and protected. With unique short-term programs tailored to children, preadolescents, teens and young adults ages 18-21, KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital brings hope for clients who were once considered inaccessible.

Tours of the hospital are available by calling Sean Klutinoty, Director of Customer Relations, at 1-800-25-PEACE or emailing


About KidsPeace

Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.