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Paul Mueller marks a quarter century with Rogers

08/13/19 04:17:pm

Paul MuellerOver his 25 years with Rogers, Paul Mueller, CAPSW, has worn many different hats and muses that he’s “probably had at least 16 different offices.” Paul first came to Rogers as manager of partial hospitalization services and also served as director of product development, director of managed care and product development, vice president of marketing, chief operating officer for Oconomowoc, and chief operating officer for Oconomowoc and West Allis.

In Paul’s current role as the CEO of Rogers’ Hospital Division, he is responsible for the operations of all clinical services. He partners with leadership to manage day-to-day operations and programs, as well as identify new program opportunities to help serve more people.

Paul’s favorite thing about Rogers—and ultimately the reason why he stays—is the fact that operating as a not-for-profit allows us to “stay focused on helping patients and families.”

“I really enjoy working with the Foundation and the gifts they bring to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to receive treatment,” he says.

Paul first heard of Rogers when a former co-worker of his, David Moulthrop, PhD, was hired to become the president and CEO in 1993. About a year later, Paul joined him at Rogers and was tasked with opening and running a partial hospitalization program. Since then, Rogers has experienced significant growth, which has greatly increased our ability to address the needs of our community and nationwide.

“What’s most exciting to me is that we’re getting to a position where we can help so many more people on any given day,” he says. “This last June we averaged serving more than 1,200 people a day for the month. The first year that I joined Rogers, we didn’t serve 1,200 people in an entire year.”

Another aspect of his job that Paul enjoys is identifying and opening more niche programs, such as the new residential Trauma Recovery for adults or Anxiety and Depression Recovery for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see people who have a need and be able to organize a program that can meet that need clinically and also be sustainable, allowing us to help more people over time.”

Getting to know Paul

In his free time, Paul likes to spend time outdoors, fishing, boating, or around a campfire with his wife and four kids.

One surprising fact about Paul is that he’s been a proponent of partial hospitalization care for a long time, and his master’s degree thesis was titled “Partial Hospitalization: an alternative to inpatient treatment.”