The board of directors at Rogers Behavioral Health System Inc. in Oconomowoc announced that Patrick Hammer has accepted the position as president and chief executive officer.
Hammer will officially take the helm when current president and CEO, David Mouthrop, retires at the end of August.
Moulthrop, who has been with Rogers Memorial Hospital since 1993, submitted his retirement plans to the board in 2011 and has been helping to coordinate efforts to assure a smooth transition.
“Pat will arrive here July 9 and begin his orientation,” Moulthrop said. “We are eager to begin the collaboration to ensure a seamless transition that benefits our patients and staff.”
W. Carl Templer, System board president, said, “We narrowed the search down to three of the most qualified. We believe that Pat will be an asset to Rogers and will build upon the legacy that Dave began. No doubt he will add some of his own vision and talents to the organization.”
Hammer said, “Rogers has a well-known tradition of providing outstanding care, and I am looking forward to working with Dave. I consider him one of the top behavioral health leaders in the country.”
“We are thankful for Dave’s legacy,” Templer added. “When he got here, Rogers was losing money and in danger of closing its doors. We had only a few patients and one location. Since he came here almost 20 years ago, we have two major hospital campuses in Oconomowoc and Milwaukee, along with three other locations in Madison, Kenosha and Brown Deer. We have more than 900 talented employees and close to 9,500 individuals who have received our services this year. Dave has taken us from a small, regional hospital to a much larger power as a mental health organization. He’s definitely played an important role in Rogers’ history and on the national scene. When he leaves his position as CEO, we will continue to wish him the best as he enjoys a new chapter of his life.”