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Passion is key to Scott Johnson’s success

02/20/18 03:07:pm

Scott JohnsonRogers Behavioral Health has quickly grown from one hospital in the woods of Oconomowoc to three hospitals in Wisconsin and numerous outpatient centers across the county. Scott Johnson’s career progression at Rogers follows a similar story.

Scott now holds a position among Rogers’ senior leadership, serving as chief operating officer for the East Coast and Midwest. His journey at Rogers started a little more than 15 years ago, when he first applied and worked second shift as an intake specialist.

“At first, it was a job to help start my career and pay the bills but very quickly it turned into much, much more,” Scott says. “Talking with people in crisis who were seeking help and not knowing where to turn changed my world. I felt a strong call to do more to advocate for those struggling with behavioral health and addiction issues.”

Scott kept at it and hard work and dedication led to him quickly rising through the ranks at Rogers.

He’s since held several positions during his time at Rogers, ranging from working as a managed care representative to director of managed care and physician productivity. When regional locations for Rogers were being launched, Scott was asked to bring admitting, utilization review, and financial decision making guidance to the new locations. Somewhere along the way, he also managed to squeeze in getting his master’s degree in business administration.

When the vice president of operations for Rogers’ regional division retired, Scott made the leap to his current position, citing his passion for the work as the reason why he’s been able to move up.

“It’s rare these days that you can work for an organization whose mission and values are so closely aligned with those of employees. I’ve always believed that working at Rogers is a calling, not a job. When you are passionate about the work, it ceases to become a job. Loving what I do and why I do it has been the key to my success!”

Scott has witnessed a lot of growth during his time at Rogers. One moment in particular that comes to his mind is when the previous CEO Dave Moulthrop congratulated the admissions department after West Allis was seeing more than 100 people in the inpatient units. Scott says he is looking forward to seeing what the next 15 years have in store and how Rogers will continue to improve.

“I stay at Rogers because this is where magic happens,” Scott says. “Where else do close to 2,000 people unite in a common purpose to help those in need? The commitment to patient access, high quality outcomes and to the caregivers is unmatched in our industry.” 

As COO, Scott helps design, build, and support new regional clinics. Additionally, he works with a team of psychiatrists, clinical directors, and operations directors to provide support and resources to our care providers. His passion, he says, is to bring sub specialty, evidence based, high quality treatment to areas of the country that otherwise wouldn’t have it.

“I strongly believe that the work being done day in and day out in our clinics, hospitals, and residential treatment centers saves lives and gives people of all ages a new start,” Scott says.

Getting to know Scott

When asked about what he does in his free time, Scott is quick to answer that as a parent of five kids under the age of 13, he has none. He does, however, enjoy spending time with his family, camping, and watching movies.