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Pensacola businessman Quint Studer has been named to the board of directors for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the organization announced this week.

The foundation is best known for the Betty Ford Center, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center located in Rancho Mirage, California. In 2014, the Betty Ford Center merged with the Hazelden Foundation to form the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. The combined foundation operates 17 treatment sites nationwide as well as a fully-accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, and publishing and education arms.

Studer is a developer and the founder of the non-profit Studer Community Institute as well as the owner of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball team. Before retiring from the industry in 2016, Studer spent some 30 years in the healthcare sector, including serving as the COO of Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago and the president of Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. In 2000, Studer founded Studer Group, a healthcare consulting and coaching company. Studer sold most of his interest in the company in 2011 and in 2015 the company was acquired by Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group.

Along with Studer, the foundation named six other new members to its board this week.

“We are excited to have such talented, experienced and diverse individuals joining our board, all of whom are committed to our mission of helping individuals, families and communities overcome addiction,” said Mark Mishek, president and CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. “Our new board members represent a great cross-section of expertise, professional backgrounds and geography, and we are grateful to have their leadership.”

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