Accomplished health professional to also serve as Eskenazi Health Vice President of Mental Health Operations 

Indianapolis, April 25, 2017 – Eskenazi Health announces that Ashley Overley, M.D., has been named chief executive officer of Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health and vice president of mental health operations. Previously, she served as Eskenazi Health Midtown’s chief medical officer for quality.

Dr. Overley is a graduate of Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, completing her residency through its program and spending much of her time with Eskenazi Health Midtown. She also completed a fellowship in public psychiatry at Columbia University and a graduate certificate in Innovation and Implementation Science at Indiana University. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry with the IU School of Medicine. She has been honored by the school several times, including as the recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award.

“Dr. Overley is well-prepared to assume this critically important leadership role and we are very pleased to welcome her to the team,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, chief executive officer at Eskenazi Health.

Dr. Overley succeeds Margie Payne who retired after more than 30 years with Eskenazi Health and 13 years as CEO of Midtown. Payne helped steer the development of numerous innovative mental health and addictions programs, many of which have become best practices across the country.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Margie Payne, whose incredible guidance and leadership has made Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health a leader in our field,” said Dr. Overley. “I look forward to working with our tremendous staff and continuing Margie’s work in providing the very best care available for our patients.”

Dr. Overley has served as the assistant medical director for the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, and is a member of the American Association of Community Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association.

Eskenazi Health Midtown was established in 1969 as the first mental health center in Indiana and offers an array of mental health services, including severe mental illness and substance abuse treatment, 24-hour emergency services, a detoxification unit, a full continuum of care for people with chronic addiction, specialized home- and community-based programs for children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders, and a partial-hospitalization program.  For more information about the services offered at Eskenazi Health Midtown, please call 317.880.8491.                       


For nearly 160 years, Eskenazi Health has provided high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care to the residents of Marion County and Central Indiana. Accredited by The Joint Commission, nationally recognized programs include a Level I trauma center, regional burn center, comprehensive senior care program, women’s and children’s services, teen and adolescent care programs, Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, and a network of primary care sites located throughout the neighborhoods of Indianapolis known as Eskenazi Health Center. In partnership with the Regenstrief Institute, Eskenazi Health conducts groundbreaking work that informs health information technology around the globe. Eskenazi Health also serves as the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services. As the public hospital division of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC), Eskenazi Health partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine whose physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services. In December 2013, Eskenazi Health moved to its new main campus and opened the brand new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The new modern and efficient facility is Central Indiana’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold health care campus and offers unique features like a one-of-a-kind sky farm and extensive art collection. The Eskenazi Health Foundation was the recipient of $40 million gift from Indianapolis couple Sidney and Lois Eskenazi to assist with building the brand new hospital facilities. HHC recognized this generous gift by naming the new hospital and health system in the Eskenazis’ honor.

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