Following a months-long national search, Rosecrance has appointed Annie Fridh, PsyD., as the new leader of Rosecrance Jackson Centers, serving the Siouxland area.
With more than 25 years of experience and leadership in behavioral healthcare, Dr. Fridh currently serves as the Vice President of Operations at Rosecrance Jackson Centers and was previously the Rosecrance Administrator of Adult Behavioral Health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Family Social Services from Northern Illinois University and her M.S. in Child and Family Services—Marriage & Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University. She obtained a Doctorate of Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.
Last fall, current regional president, Kermit Dahlen, announced his plan to retire in March after a long and respected career in the treatment of substance use disorders.
“We sought a servant leader who is committed to evidence-based best practices and ensuring the highest quality of behavioral health care for the Siouxland region,” said Rosecrance Health Network President/CEO, Philip W. Eaton. “We are confident we have that leader with Dr. Fridh.”
Eaton adds, “We have tremendous opportunities in the region; with the refinement of services, the anticipated growth of substance abuse services, collaborations with key stakeholders and a focus on overall expansion of clinical services — Annie is absolutely the best person to lead us.”
Ellen Nichols, chair of the Rosecrance Jackson Centers board, expressed support, saying, “The Rosecrance Jackson Centers board is very grateful to Kermit Dahlen for his steadfast commitment to our agency and its patients for the past four decades. We also look forward to a bright future with the leadership of Dr. Annie Fridh.”
Under Dahlen’s leadership, the former Jackson Recovery Centers grew from a 20-bed adolescent facility to Iowa’s largest comprehensive treatment program for adult and youth substance use disorders. His retirement signals the conclusion of a 40-year career in addiction treatment services.
“We could not be more grateful to Kermit for his leadership in providing treatment services in this region,” said Eaton. “His legacy will endure, and we will build upon the foundation he has laid.”
Kermit Dahlen will remain in his role as Regional President until he retires in mid-March, working very closely with Dr. Fridh on this important transition.