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07/23/2015 -ATIN - Residents of Danvers, MA, next week will get an opportunity to voice their concerns and learn more about a major new 150 bed treatment center going up in their neighborhood, according to local published reports, which also pointed out that the 150K square foot hospital conversion is already zoned properly for use as a treatment center. The hospital conversion plan is a $25M investment on the part of a new addiction treatment company called Recovery Centers of America, RCA, which was founded recently by a highly successful Philly and Northeast area real estate entrepreneur named J Brian O'Neill of O'Neill Properties Group.

First Heard

Treatment Magazine first learned of Mr. O'Neill's aggressive plans to build an addiction treatment enterprise early this year, when a highly placed treatment executive described meeting Mr. O'Neill and discussing with the real estate entrepreneur his view that tremendous opportunity might lie in serving the underserved addiction treatment market along with the possibility that reimbursement from insurance companies might become significantly more liberal in the near future.

Recovery Centers of America

Local reports said that hundreds of flyers were distributed in the neighborhood surrounding the former Hunt Memorial Hospital, which local news reports have said that RCA purchased for about $6.3M. Reports said the flyers seemed to focus on introducing as the public face of RCA in the Northeast, where the company seems focused on expanding first, a former Spectrum Health Services exec named Brad Greenstein who reports said will now be running RCA in the area as its executive director.

While RCA may be having a fairly easy time of it NIMBY wise in the Hunt Memorial conversion project, already the company is meeting some resistance at other locations, according to reports and despite the enormous need, especially for opiate related addiction care. However, the top treatment executive we spoke to earlier this year about Mr. O'Neill clearly described the man as an aggressive entrepreneur with a reputation for getting things done.

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