Robert Prehn, Ph.D. serves as Vice President for Specialty Services. Prehn
oversees Memorial’s psychiatric services and long-term acute care
facility (LTAC), Memorial Specialty Hospital.
Prehn is a native of New Orleans and most recently served as the Senior
Associate of the Cawley Johnson Group, a national behavioral health consulting
and hospital management company.
In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Biology from
the University of Richmond, he holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology
with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D.
in Psychology with a minor in Healthcare Administration from Columbia
Prehn has 35 years of specialty and general hospital leadership experience,
focusing on Louisiana including: CEO of the Meadowbrook Specialty (LTAC)
Hospital (Lafayette), CEO of the Charter Cypress Psychiatric Hospital
(Lafayette), CEO of River Parishes Healthcare System (LaPlace), COO of
Chalmette Medical Center (east New Orleans), and Senior Vice President
of Baton Rouge General Medical Centers.
He has also served as the CEO of the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
in Austin, Texas where he was awarded the President’s Circle award,
Most Improved Hospital award and Marketing Team of the Year by the HealthSouth
Prehn is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and
The Council of Healthcare Advisors of the Gershon Lehrman Group He has
published more than 30 research articles on healthcare, is a former faculty
member at UNC-Wilmington and adjunct faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill and frequent
speaker to national organizations including the American Psychiatric Association
and the American Hospital Association.