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Caron Treatment Centers’ Chief Executive Officer Stepping Down from Position in July 2021

Wernersville, PA – August 24, 2020 - Caron Treatment Centers, an internationally recognized not-for-profit dedicated to addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, research, prevention and addiction medicine education, today announced that Doug Tieman will retire from his position as President and CEO on June 30, 2021, after leading the organization for more than 25 years.

“Throughout his leadership at Caron, Doug always kept my parents’ vision of lasting hope, healing and recovery at the heart of every decision,” said Linda Caron, a Berks County resident and long-time board member whose parents, Catherine and Richard J. Caron, founded the organization in 1957. “Doug leaves a substantial legacy, not only for Caron, but also for the treatment sector as whole.”

That legacy can be found in nearly three decades of innovation at Caron. Highlights include the creation of unique individual and family programming for a range of demographics and specialties, a state-of-the art medical center, campus-based research projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an expanded medical team to administer Medication Assisted Treatment, a professional advisory committee comprised of leading academicians, research and clinical thought leaders, and a highly regarded education, prevention and early intervention programs.

“Under Doug, Caron has become one of the world’s premier not-for-profit substance use disorder treatment providers,” said Dr. Thomas Flynn, Chair of Caron’s Board of Trustees. “He helped bring to fruition the dream of having our own state-of-art medical and research center, expanded our prevention and education initiatives and made treatment accessible for thousands of families. His passionate advocacy has enabled Caron to provide more than $100 million in charity care for treatment at Caron for individuals and families who were struggling with substance use disorder. His is an amazing legacy.”

Recognized as an Emerging Icon by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2017, Tieman has long advocated for substance use disorder to be treated as chronic, treatable disease and oversaw the growth of Caron’s medical department and the construction of the Carole and Ray Neag Medical Center on Caron’s Wernersville campus and the current construction of a second medical center, the Keele Center, in South Florida. Under his direction, Caron became the only free-standing treatment center to have an ACGME-accredited fellowship for Addiction Medicine. In December 2017 Tieman testified before Congress on behalf of patients and their families to increase access to ethical, quality substance use disorder treatment services.

Tieman is also a leader in Berks County, home to Caron’s headquarters. Recognizing the impact the Opioid Crisis was having on the Berks County community, Tieman worked with other community leaders to create BerksHOPE, an organization that provided education, information and resources to Berks County families during the early days of the crisis.

“When I reflect on my career at Caron, I’m proud of how we evolved to focus on evidence-based protocols and prioritize science and medicine – while still keeping a strong foundation of spiritual recovery,” said Tieman. “We have been able to grow and change substantially and still continue to have that “magic mountain” feeling that arises when recovery gives families a second chance. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead this amazing organization and look forward to remaining involved with Caron on a limited basis to support my successor and serve as a proud advocate for a place I dearly love.”

Caron has contracted Diversified Search to launch a national search immediately for Tieman’s successor. “Doug has established Caron as a preeminent clinical and thought leader in substance use disorder treatment, so we know our search will attract an exceptional pool of candidates,” commented Flynn. “We have been blessed to be led for over two decades by an exceptional servant-leader and look forward to Doug’s continued contributions as an invaluable advocate and member of the Caron community.”

About Caron Treatment Centers

Caron Treatment Centers is an internationally recognized not-for-profit dedicated to addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, research, prevention and addiction medicine education. Headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, our mission is Recovery for Life. For more than 60 years, we have helped thousands of individuals struggling with substance use disorder and their families begin to manage this chronic, treatable disease. Caron provides a continuum of care for teens, young adults, women, men and older adults. Caron’s signature programming provides concierge treatment for executives, healthcare professionals, older adults and first responders. In addition to the Pennsylvania campus, Caron provides services in Palm Beach County, Florida, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and New York City. Caron accepts several major insurance plans and provides financial assistance for those who qualify. For more information on Caron, please visit Caron at www.caron.org or follow us on Twitter @CaronTreatment.

Media Contact
Karen Pasternack
Senior Director of Media Relations
kpasternack@caron.org/ 610-413-6938

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