Lee Peterson’s goal is to help Caron develop financial strategies that allow for more and better care to reach as many people as possible by generating and maintaining revenue.
He uses his experience and expertise with financial strategy and analysis as well as a foundational optimism to resolve problems and drive financial and operational performance upward. Lee also leads efforts to develop partnerships with insurance companies that allow people who have premiums with those companies to access care. By creating these win/win partnerships, Caron can increase access to addiction treatment without sacrificing the high quality of its continuum of care.
Lee came to Caron as a consultant at the end of 2023 and took on this position at the beginning of 2024. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare financial sector, primarily developing strategies to generate revenue and using analytics to navigate critical decision-making processes. Most recently, Lee worked with a consulting company doing similar work to boost financial performance for clients. He also worked for five years for an addiction treatment center to develop strategic collaborations with insurance companies while revamping systems and strategies to increase access to care.
For the past year, Lee chaired the Chisago County Opioid Settlement Council, leading the council’s efforts to advise the Board of Commissioners on how best to utilize settlement funds to benefit the county's citizens in the battle against opioid addiction.
Lee has a Master of Business Administration from Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and four Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology, sociology, operations management, and statistics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul. He is a certified healthcare financial professional; specialist, business intelligence; revenue cycle representative; and specialist, managed care.