Psychiatric Solutions co-founder Treadway dies

Longtime Nashville health care exec also ran Medical Properties, worked at HCA, was state commissioner

Co-founder of Psychiatric Solutions and former Tennessee mental health commissioner Dr. Richard Treadway died April 30 after a brief illness. He was 74.

Born in Louisville, Treadway moved to Nashville as a child. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and then its School of Medicine and obtained his psychiatric residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Treadway was board-certified in both psychiatry and neurology and later obtained a master's degree in business administration from the Jack C. Massey School of Business at Belmont University.

Most recently, Treadway was chairman emeritus and chief medical officer at Brentwood-based Polaris Hospital Co. During the 1990s, he co-founded Psychiatric Solutions and served as its board chairman until its merger with PMR Corp. in 2002. He was also a co-founder Medical Properties of America, a real estate investment trust that was later sold to Windrose Medical Properties Trust. He served as a Board of Trustees member for Centennial Medical Center and later as medical director of HCA's Parthenon Pavilion and vice president of HCA's Tennessee psychiatric division.

Beyond the corporate world, Treadway also served as the Commissioner of Mental Health for the state of Tennessee during the Dunn and Alexander administrations and was a clinical associate at the National Institute of Mental Health and an instructor at Johns Hopkins University. The image of him here is from Belmont University, where Treadway was the first chairman of the board of the McWhorter Society, which was launched last year.

"Richard Treadway led and helped modernize Tennessee's mental health system," U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said in a statement. "He was a fine public servant and a good friend. Honey and I will miss him."

A visitation will be held Monday, May 5, at 9:30 a.m. at Saint George's Episcopal Church at 4715 Harding Pike. Memorial serves will be immediately following at 11 a.m. A private burial service will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.