Movers & Shakers: Caron Names New CEO; Discovery Behavioral Health Hires VP of Business Development

Caron fills CEO spot with internal hire 

Caron Treatment Centers has named Bradley F. Sorte as its new CEO. Sorte, who has been with the company for nearly 10 years, will take over for longtime CEO Doug Tieman, who is retiring June 30.

Sorte currently serves as EVP and chief strategy and growth officer at the the not-for-profit substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider. He will step into the position July 1. 

Headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, Caron provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient service offerings to clients across Pennsylvania, Florida, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and New York City. In addition to providing traditional services, Caron also offers a number of specialty, targeted treatment programs.


When Sorte takes over, Tieman will continue to serve Caron as a special advisor. 

“I’m excited about the board’s selection of Brad to be my successor,” Tieman said in a press release announcing the news. “Brad was the architect behind our current strategic plan, which, even with COVID-19’s impact, is working extremely well. He understands Caron and the needs of families. Brad has a steady hand and vision that will help Caron meet that need and lay the groundwork for Caron‘s future success.”

Discovery Behavioral Health appoints VP of Business Development

Discovery Behavioral Health (DBH) — a private equity-backed network of behavioral health centers — has hired a new vice president of business development.


Chris Diamond will fill the role and be tasked with overseeing a new division focused on psychiatric and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) services. He brings nearly 30 years of expertise to the role, including 13 years with UHS and six years with Acadia. Since 2007, he has been the CEO and COO of facilities across Arizona, California, Texas and Kentucky.

A portfolio company of Webster Equity Partners, DBH currently has more than 100 mental health, substance use and eating disorder treatment centers across 12 states.

RCA names regional CEO

Recovery Centers of American (RCA) has named a new regional CEO. Michael Ogden — a 30-year veteran of the SUD industry — will hold the top title at RCA’s new location set to open soon in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. 

Ogden most recently served as the CEO of an RCA facility in Maryland. Before that, he was executive director of RCA’s largest treatment center in Pennsylvania.

RCA plans to also open its Monroeville center in January 2021. 

The new location will add on to the eight inpatient centers, seven outpatient facilities and five opioid treatment programs (OTPs) that RCA already has across Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Chicagoland and Indianapolis. 

The Refuge names new CEO

The Refuge — a residential behavioral health treatment program in Florida — has named a new CEO.

The provider has announced that Julie Kuner will fill the position. She will replace Isabel Rehak, who is stepping down after 17 years in the role. Kuner brings more than 20 years of health care experience to the CEO role.

Based in the Ocala National Forest and located on 96 acres, The Refuge treats adults with PTSD, trauma, depression, SUD, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders.

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