Frank Lisnow

AURORA, Colo. (Aug. 4, 2010) – The executive director of University of Colorado Hospital’s Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) has been recognized as a “Behavioral Health Champion” by Behavioral Healthcare magazine, the professional journal serving the executive, clinical, and operating leadership of mental health and substance abuse centers nationwide.

The magazine says Franklin Lisnow, MEd, plays an important role in leading, or reinventing, approaches that help thousands recover from addiction and reclaim their lives.

“We (CeDAR) are recognized as a world class center for residential addiction and co-occurring disorders treatment. We can deal with more difficult patients — patients that not every facility can handle. This truly is a place where people can get everything they need to turn their lives around,” said Lisnow.
Lisnow has more than 35 years of experience in treating chemically dependent individuals and their families and has served as Executive Director of CeDAR since the facility opened in November, 2005. He currently also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Addiction Counselors of Colorado (SACC).  Lisnow is past president and 10-year Board member of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

“I am pleased and honored to be named a 2010 Behavioral Health Champion. CeDAR and University of Colorado Hospital gave me the chance to practice what I believe is quality behavioral health treatment in a quality chemical dependency center,” said Lisnow.

 The 2010 champions were nominated by their peers and selected by the editorial team of Behavioral Healthcare magazine,. They rank among the most active and accomplished executives and leaders in the fields of community mental healthcare and substance abuse treatment and recovery.  Each will be recognized at an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) on September 10, 2010.

The other 2010 Behavioral Health Champions are:

• Robert E. Whaley, Executive Director, Southeast Behavioral Health Group, La Junta, Colo.

• William J. Sette, President and CEO, Preferred Behavioral Healthcare of New Jersey, Lakewood, N.J.

• Denise Bertin-Epp, President and Chief Nurse, Brighton Hospital, Brighton, Mich.

• Gary Van Nostrand, President and CEO, SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc., Ewing, N.J.

The University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading academic medical center, and has been recognized as one of the United States’ best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. It is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to patients’ bedsides. Located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the hospital’s physicians are all affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system. For more information, visit the UC Denver Newsroom. 

Contact: Erika Matich, 303.524.2780, [email protected]

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