ST. PAUL, Minn. - Two of the best known names in addiction treatment say they are combining. The boards of Minnesota-based Hazelden and California-based Betty Ford Center announced today the two non profits plan to merge.
Hazelden President and CEO Mark Mishek will become CEO of the merged organization. He says the federal health care overhaul helped change the business of in-patient treatment.
"The day of the free standing residential treatment center like Hazelden has had in Center City and the Betty Ford had in the desert, really I think are coming to an end," Mishek said. "What we need to offer patients is multiple options, multiple locations depending on the level of severity and the care they need."
The new organization, to be called the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, will have 14 sites across the country. A statement from both boards says the merger still has to be approved, possibly by the end of the year.
The statement did not disclose terms of the agreement.
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