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Phil Hickmon, MPA, brings 25 years of experience in the public health and behavioral health fields to the OPEN MINDS team. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Hickmon acted as the Vice President of Business Development for Hope Network. Mr. Hickmon was responsible for fostering organic and strategic growth, assisting in creating a five-year plan to grow the company to $200 million by 2020.  Day-to-day activities included overall business development strategy, contracting support, and execution of strategies for growth across multiple service lines.

Previously, Mr. Hickmon served as a Chief Operating Officer for an Acadia Healthcare facility. In this role, Mr. Hickmon  was responsible for P&L analysis, health plan contracting and negotiation, strategic planning, future inpatient hospital expansion, and contract analysis.

Prior to his time at Acadia Healthcare, Mr. Hickmon served as the Chief Executive Officer of a Universal Health Services facility. In this position, Mr. Hickmon successfully reached a 94% year-to-date occupancy. He lead regulatory compliance initiatives including both internal corporate audits and state Medicaid contract audits. While with UHS, Mr. Hickmon developed and implemented strategies to lower bad debt.

Mr. Hickmon also has extensive experience in crisis services and emergency psychiatric programming. As the President of ConnectionsAZ, he negotiated and managed health plan contracts, while reducing employee turnover and improving employee satisfaction.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Hickmon worked in direct service delivery. He has experience as a case manager and care coordinator. This experience includes a variety of program settings including psychosocial rehab programs, ACT teams, partial hospitalization, and home health.

In addition to a wealth of professional experience, Mr. Hickmon is also involved with his community. He has served in various positions in the Coloma Rocket Football League, where he is currently a head coach. Mr. Hickmon has also participated in the Relay-For-Life and the Coloma Wrestling Program.

Mr. Hickmon earned his Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med/Psychology from Michigan State University.

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