skip to content
Primary navigation

Marshall E. Smith

Health systems chief executive officer, Direct Care and Treatment

Marshall Smith, MHA, LNHA, FACHE, is health systems CEO in Direct Care and Treatment at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. In his role, Smith oversees state-operated facilities and programs that provide mental health and substance abuse treatment services, as well as residential and vocational services for people with disabilities. He is responsible for leadership aimed at improving patient care and outcomes, enhancing and strengthening quality and compliance and overseeing medical services. His scope of responsibilities includes Forensics Services (which includes the Minnesota Security Hospital and other facilities in St. Peter); Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Treatment Services (which includes the Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, six community behavioral health hospitals and five addiction treatment facilities); Community-Based Services (which includes 114 group homes and 17 vocational training sites); and the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake and St. Peter.

Smith has a dual administrative and clinical background in health care. Before coming to DHS, Smith owned and operated his own consulting company and worked as an independent subcontractor in various organizations. He also brings experience serving as a top executive in a variety of public, nonprofit and for-profit hospitals and health care systems across the country, including roles as CEO, COO, vice president, service line administrator, consultant and interim executive. In addition, Smith worked with Regency Hospital Corporation in Golden Valley, Minn.; CentraCare Health System in St. Cloud, Minn.; New River Medical Center in Monticello, Minn.; St. Mary’s in Jefferson City, MO.; St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO; and McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC.  

Smith has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Winona State University and a master’s degree in health care administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Minnesota.

Marshall Smith
back to top