|Politics | Staff | Community | Treatment | Facilities|
Dr. Donald Peterson became superintendent of the hospital in 1961. A former military psychiatrist, he treated mental illness aggressively and systematically. Concern for patient welfare guided his strict management style and demand for organization and accountability that initially met with negative reaction from the staff. Soon, though, they came to share his objective that all patients have the best possible chance at living a full life after their release. Working closely with Department of Mental Health director George Ulett, Peterson tirelessly promoted expanded patient services at Fulton and regularly visited the state legislature to advocate his cause. At the same time, new treatments reduced hospitalization time and enabled patients to manage mental illness better at home.