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Hazelden and Betty Ford announce merger

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A major merger has been announced in the addiction treatment world.

Hazelden, which is based in Center City and California-based Betty Ford Center have approved a merger according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. 

Mark Mishek the current president and chief executive officer of Hazelden will be the CEO of the newly merged organizations, which will be based in Center City.

The Star Tribune reports the merger will create the largest nonprofit addiction treatment facility in nation.

A press release from Hazelden says together the organizations will offer residential and outpatient services based on its Twelve Step, abstinence-based treatment model.

Hazelden's outpatient network includes four centers in Minnesota, as well as centers in Florida, Illinois, New York, and Oregon. Together the organizations will offer outpatient services at 14 locations around the United States.

Hazelden specializes in drug and alcohol addiction treatment and was founded in 1949. The Betty Ford Center was co-founded in 1982 by the wife of former President Gerald Ford, it is a 160-bed hospital in California.

The organizations had been discussing a merger since June.

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