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Published on August 02, 2017

Avera is First Member of New Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation announced today the launch of its new Patient Care Network, the first of its kind in the addiction treatment industry, with the highly-respected Avera Health system of South Dakota as its first member.

“The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has a long history and culture of knowledge-sharing with individuals and organizations,” said Bob Poznanovich, the Executive Director of Business Development for the national nonprofit addiction treatment provider, “and we are pleased to have a leading-edge provider like Avera Health as the first member of this important new initiative.”

“Avera Health and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation have had a longstanding relationship, and we are looking forward to a fruitful new collaboration to meet the increasingly complex needs of our substance use disorder patients,” said Matthew Stanley, DO, Vice President of the Avera Behavioral Health Clinical Service Line. “Working together like this will enable us to address the pressing requirements of our community and patients in a more strategic and effective way.”   

Members like Avera of the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network will gain access to tools, resources and collaborative consultation for their organization’s leadership, staff, patients, families and communities. This is especially timely as the opioid crisis places added pressures on providers across the country like hospital systems, substance use disorder treatment providers, primary acute mental health providers and other specialty providers. To learn more, visit

“Our experience, knowledge and expertise uniquely position us as a ‘Center of Excellence’ to create wide clinical alliances and share our expertise with other innovative health care systems like Avera,” continued Poznanovich. “This exciting program allows us to team up to help more people and better meet the needs of today’s changing health care world. It builds on our position as a leader in the industry by taking the best of what we do and who we are and sharing it with like-minded organizations that have the same philosophy and commitment to treating patients and improving treatment outcomes.”

He noted the Patient Care Network will also allow Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation patients to more easily and readily connect with other care providers throughout the country after leaving its treatment programs, extending the engagement of patients with providers. Long term engagement is a key aspect of improved outcomes for patients with substance use disorders

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