West Oaks Hospital Welcomes Dr. Eugene A. Degner As Medical Director For Chemical Dependency Center of Excellence

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Collaboration with Dr.Degner and his team will allow for the highest Level of Chemical/Addiction care for Community.

We are pleased to have such an Icon in the Chemical Dependency world return to our hospital.

West Oaks Hospital is pleased to announce their Chemical Dependency Center of Excellence in collaboration with Dr. Eugene A. Degner and his team at Contemporary Medicine Associates. West Oaks has been a staple in the Behavioral Health market in the greater Houston area for over thirty years. “This is a paradigm shift in how we provide services to our community and where we want to take West Oaks in the years to come,” Gregory D. Drummond, CEO commented. “We are pleased to have such an Icon in the Chemical Dependency world return to our hospital.”

Dr. Eugene A. Degner graduated Suma Cum Laude from Millikin University with a BS in Biology. He attended Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. During his medical school program, Dr. Degner completed his graduate work in Research Physiology. Dr. Degner served as a Captain in the Air Force at the School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Texas where he and his colleagues made significant contributions to the Mercury Space Program.
Dr. Degner was the first Medical Doctor in Houston to become certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and he has been helping addicted patients, their families and often their employers, since 1983. He currently holds two Board Certifications, Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Degner is the medical monitor for the Physician Counseling Committee of the Harris County Medical Society. He performs evaluations for the Texas Board of Medical Examiners and the Texas Pharmacy and Dental Boards.

He will now be the Medical Director for Chemical Dependency/Addiction Services at West Oaks Hospital. His Directorship will comprise of the inpatient behavioral health hospital need, Rehab program, Residential Treatment Center and West Oaks three outpatient clinics; located in Friendswood, Houston (Hornwood Drive) and Katy, Texas. He and his staff will also provide the medical services for patients at West Oaks Hospital.

Dr. Degner enjoys an excellent reputation for his ethical and humane treatment of people who suffer from the chronic and costly disease of addiction. He is the President and Owner of Contemporary Medicine Associates, PLLC. located in Bellaire, Texas, a private practice he and his wife Susan started in 2003 in order to provide a supportive, safe and understanding place for addicts, alcoholics and their families to access outpatient medical and mental health services. “I am excited to take on this role, and I appreciate the commitment West Oaks has made to develop a Center of Excellence for the treatment of Chemical Dependency, “Dr. Degner said.

West Oak Hospital is a fully accredited 144-bed acute care facility, with a 16-bed adult chemical dependency residential facility (substance abuse treatment), dedicated to providing quality psychiatric care. West Oak Hospital offers a broad range of inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient services for children, adolescents, and adults.http://www.westoakshospital.com.

Learn more about Dr. Degner's team at http://www.contemporary-medicine.com.

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