Healthcare Veteran Will Lead Medical Team for Trauma and Addiction Treatment Company

PHOENIX, AZ (June 24, 2019)—Jim Dredge, CEO of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, has announced that Dr. Michel Sucher, MD, FASM, FACEP has joined the company in the role of Executive Medical Director. Dr. Sucher’s responsibilities will include providing medical and psychiatric leadership to the company’s continuum of inpatient treatment programs.

Dr. Sucher has been a leader in addiction medicine for decades and serves as the Medical Director of the monitored aftercare programs for the Arizona Medical Board, the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners, and the State Bar of Arizona. He is also President of the California Physicians Health Program. Additionally, Dr. Sucher serves as a consultant in addiction medicine to most other healthcare regulatory agencies and boards in Arizona. He recently served as the Acting Medical Director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Department of Health Services, State of Arizona.

Dr. Sucher is a member of the medical staffs of the three Scottsdale Healthcare Hospitals and Banner Behavioral Health Hospital, all in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Medical Director of physician health for Scottsdale Healthcare and the consultant on physician health for the Banner Health system, he also holds teaching positions throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, and is a member of the medical staff of Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, California.

Further, Dr. Sucher developed Mission Pacific Coast Recovery’s Professional Assessment Service at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, where he serves as a consultant in professional health and practices addiction medicine. A Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Dr. Sucher is also certified as a Medical Review Officer by ASAM. The American Board of Addiction Medicine granted him Diplomate Status in 2009, and he is a past President of the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a nationally known speaker on addiction medicine and professional health issues.

In this part-time role, Dr. Sucher will serve as the Medical Director at Broad Beach Recovery Center in Malibu, California, splitting his time between California and Arizona, so he can assist Medical Director Dr. Jon G. Caldwell in supervision, training, and support of the primary care/addiction medicine providers for all Meadows Behavioral Health programs.

“Dr. Sucher is highly respected in the addiction field, and we are very fortunate to have him join our organization. He brings with him a remarkable set of skills and experiences that I believe will benefit Meadows Behavioral Healthcare as we continue to evolve our programs for treating addiction and other behavioral health disorders,” Dredge said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Sucher to create more high-quality treatment options for patients and their families, clinical referral sources, and payors across the country in the rapidly changing behavioral health environment.”

About Meadows Behavioral Healthcare
The Meadows was created as an addiction treatment center more than 40 years ago at a former dude ranch in the lush Sonoran Desert northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. Over the years, The Meadows has grown and changed to meet the demonstrated needs of patients. Today, The Meadows is one of numerous highly specialized treatment programs in the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare family, which all share one mission: to provide our patients the tools necessary to overcome the challenges of emotional trauma, addiction, eating disorders, and related mental health conditions as part of a comprehensive treatment process that promotes sustained personal recovery in collaboration with referral sources and families. The Meadows Behavioral Healthcare system is a network of behavioral healthcare programs, individualized addiction recovery centers, and acute psychiatric care centers located throughout the United States. For more information on the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare continuum of treatment services, please visit www.meadowsbh.com or call 800-244-4949.

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