Eric Foushee focuses on leading with compassion08/10/22 11:00:am
Eric Foushee, DBA, vice president of Operations for Oconomowoc Inpatient Services, says Rogers’ continuum of care and extensive patient data set the organization apart.
“One of the things that attracted me to Rogers is the ability to offer multiple levels of care,” says Dr. Foushee. “I come from the acute medical world. Having the opportunity to follow patients once they’re discharged and provide them with the appropriate level of care for their needs is critical. The ongoing work of Rogers Research Center is also extremely impressive.”
Prior to joining Rogers in May 2022, Dr. Foushee was hospital administrator and director of acute care, ambulatory, and urgent care service lines at Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina, a not-for-profit network of healthcare providers. He oversaw two psychiatric hospitals, including the first psychiatric urgent care facility in the state. Additionally, he served as vice president of operations at Monarch Healthcare, one of the largest behavioral health organizations in North Carolina.
“It was rewarding to know many of the children and adolescents we worked with went on to play sports or attend school successfully,” says Dr. Foushee. “Once you enter the behavioral health field, it has a way of keeping you in it. You can see someone who is in such fragile shape blossom and become a productive citizen.”
Dr. Foushee shared he’s had family members affected by behavioral health, so joining Rogers’ Mission is personal.
“Rogers has a commitment to helping people,” says Dr. Foushee. “I wanted to join an organization that focuses on its employees and helping patients. Doing those two things well is key. It’s no wonder Rogers has been around for as long as it has.”
Dr. Foushee is responsible for day-to-day operations in Oconomowoc, including overseeing clinical and operational leaders in addition to working with facilities.
“Coming here and being around like-minded individuals who have one goal, one purpose, and the One Rogers frame of reference has been really enlightening for me,” says Dr. Foushee. “Leadership has a clear understanding of behavioral health – the dynamics and the complexities we deal with. The specialization has been a breath of fresh air for me.”
Dr. Foushee is passionate about leading with compassion for both the patients and the employees who work hard to help them find the road to better mental health.
“Some team members are also experiencing their own interpersonal difficulties,” says Dr. Foushee. "As leaders, we need to recognize that our employees are looking to be heard and want to know that someone has their backs. We need to offer understanding of the difficulty of the job they do every day. I think I’ve learned to truly be genuine and compassionate with staff, and they appreciate and value that.”
Getting to know Dr. Foushee
Dr. Foushee’s wife, Constance, is a nurse practitioner and a strong advocate for women’s rights.
They’ve been together since 2001 and are the proud parents of three daughters whom he credits with helping him grow in compassion; Ava is 11, Olivia is 8, and Isabella is 6.
They recently returned from a wonderful vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, where he says he swam where the movies Blue Lagoon and Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed.