Matt Feehery, a longtime behavioral health administrator who started his career in the industry as a counselor, has been named CEO of Foundations Recovery Network, it was announced today. As the nationally prominent treatment organization's chief executive, Feehery will serve as vice president of addiction treatment services for the behavioral health division of Universal Health Services (UHS), which acquired Foundations in 2015.
Feehery most recently served as CEO of Houston-based Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center. In an interview with Behavioral Healthcare Executive, he spoke of his excitement over the opportunity to have a broader impact at the helm of an organization that currently operates six residential treatment centers and 13 outpatient facilities in five states.
“Their history and experience is something I've always admired,” Feehery says of Foundations. Its patient-centered approach, establishment of a full continuum of care, and focus on its alumni are among the areas with which he believes his treatment philosophy matches well. Regarding the latter, Feehery cites Memorial Hermann's own efforts after a patient's primary treatment stay as being among the developments he is most proud of during his 16 years of service there.
At UHS, Feehery will work in a division that is likely to pursue a focused but sensible growth strategy. ”There are a couple of sites that we're looking at opening in the coming months,” he says. He echoes comments recently made by UHS president Marc Miller about not growing the organization simply for growth's sake, but in keeping with company strategy and community need.
Miller said of Feehery in the announcement of his hiring, which took effect July 30, “Matt brings a strong track record of leadership, operational capabilities and clinical outcomes to the team.”
Former Foundations CEO Rob Waggener left the organization last October.
Focused to recovery
In 2011, Behavioral Healthcare Executive named Feehery one of its Behavioral Healthcare Champions for exemplary leadership. The article that profiled his efforts chronicled his initial interest in the field as a volunteer after having seen a family member experience recovery.
“I get to see miracles on a daily basis,” he said in that article.
Feehery has served as a regional vice president for NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, and recently served as president of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.
He says Foundations will maintain several of its national leadership roles in the field, including in professional education and treatment outcome evaluation. Among its priorities, he expects Foundations to expand its online learning offerings.
He says his experience at Memorial Hermann certainly will influence his work at Foundations. Another accomplishment he cited at Memorial Hermann was the organization's development of a pain recovery program that he now sees being emulated elsewhere.
“Being able to witness recovery—whether directly or from afar—is very fulfilling,” Feehery said in the announcement of his move to Foundations. “I like seeing people get better and experience the gifts of recovery, moving from very difficult times to hope and healing.”
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