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Parent of Rogers Memorial Hospital hires new CEO

June 8, 2012
by Gary Enos
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 Officials at Rogers Behavioral Health System in the Milwaukee area have announced that veteran behavioral health administrator Patrick Hammer will formally take over as CEO this summer when president and CEO David L. Mouthrop, PhD, retires.

Rogers Memorial Hospital is one of the nation’s most prominent hospital-based programs for addiction and mental health services. Mouthrop has been with Rogers since 1993 and has overseen five system components that include the hospital, a research and training center, and a foundation.

Hammer will arrive at Rogers on July 9 and will take over as CEO Aug. 1. Mouthrop will remain on site in a consulting capacity until Aug. 30 and will consult on an as-needed basis after that.

Hammer said in a statement that his long-term goal as the organization’s new chief executive is “to help Rogers Behavioral Health System build upon its reputation of high-quality care within the region and become the nationally recognized leader for providing highly specialized psychiatric and addiction treatment services.”

The system’s board president said that more than 500 individuals applied for the position at the nonprofit hospital that ultimately went to Hammer, who has more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health operations and strategic planning.