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Jerry McDonald, ACATA

Vice President Operations & Strategic Planning

Jerry McDonald is a healthcare professional of 35 years in the field of Addiction Treatment. He began his career as a Counselor at the San Pedro Peninsula Hospital (SPPH) in San Pedro, California. Jerry joined Dr. William Rader, Dr. Allan Berger, Dr. Judi Hollis, Ed Storti, and Father Leo Booth at SPPH. This new career included his selection to design and implement the country’s first inpatient, abstinent based, twelve-step driven eating disorders treatment programs for obesity. He went to carry on this specialty of startup by designing and implementing chemical dependency services at South Bay Hospital in Redondo Beach, Daniel Freeman Hospital in Marina Del Rey and Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. Jerry then served as Executive Vice President for the Rader Institute’s development of a national healthcare corporation for the treatment of eating disorders and as CEO of the Westcenter Institute of Tucson, Arizona. In 1988, he was invited to assist Len Baltzer at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in the development of the Clint Eastwood Youth Program for adolescence in treatment. Jerry has been on staff in a variety of positions at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California for the past 23 years. Prior to joining Beacon HouseSM, Jerry served as Business Development for the newly formed Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Although he retired from his long successful tenure at Betty Ford and Hazelden, Beacon House is fortunate to now retain Jerry in a leadership position. Jerry recently received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference where he was recognized for his pioneering efforts and significant contributions to the treatment of alcoholism and other drug addictions.