Center City, Minn. (July 20, 2022) – Experienced health care executive Paul Mueller has been named chief operating officer of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation's leading nonprofit system of addiction treatment, co-occurring mental health care, recovery resources and related prevention and education services.
Mueller, who spent almost 30 years at Rogers Behavioral Health, began providing consultation services to Hazelden Betty Ford in early 2022. He stepped into the COO role, a new one at the organization, on July 18.
"I am excited and honored to apply my health care experience to Hazelden Betty Ford's mission of helping more people overcome addiction and mental health conditions," he said. "As a consultant and observer over the past six months, I've seen firsthand how smart, skilled and passionate our employees are, and how much opportunity we have to expand our reach and pursue our vision of empowering recovery and well-being for all."
For most of the prior decade, Mueller was CEO of Rogers Memorial Hospital, a psychiatric hospital near Milwaukee in Oconomowoc, Wis. He also served as chief operating officer of the hospital's parent organization, Rogers Behavioral Health—one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the United States. Before becoming CEO, Mueller had been the hospital's chief operating officer for 10 years and, earlier, had been a marketing and product development leader there.
At Hazelden Betty Ford, Mueller will be focused on accelerating growth in mental health, family, and addiction treatment services, said President and CEO Joseph Lee, MD.
"Paul has proven he is one of the best behavioral healthcare executives in the country. He has a tremendous track record of helping organizations grow to serve more people, and his experience will be invaluable as we write the next chapter in Hazelden Betty Ford's story, working collectively to usher in a new era of focused growth, operational excellence, and patient-centered innovation," Dr. Lee said. "In my time working with Paul as a consultant, I have found him to be principled, hardworking and data-driven. He's a listener and bridge builder, and passionate about improving the quality of life for patients and their families."
Mueller earned bachelor's and master's degrees in social work at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and an Advanced Management Certificate at the University of Chicago Business School, with an emphasis on developing and implementing growth strategies.
"In this time of great need in our communities, I am especially grateful to be part of an organization that impacts so many lives and is such a strong force of healing and hope," Mueller said.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services nationwide as well as a network of collaborators throughout health care. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually enhance care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization, which also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction. Learn more at HazeldenBettyFord.org and on Twitter.