Retreat at Lancaster Founder in $12M Palm Beach New build  E-mail
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ATIN - 05/18/16- The founder of Pennsylvania's Retreat at Lancaster is opening a big new residential center in Palm Beach, his first major residential facility expansion in four years of operations. Peter Schorr will be a hosting a grand opening in early June as Palm Beach continues to play its key role in the phenomenal growth of the South Florida addiction treatment hub.

$12M New Build

The new center, to be called Retreat at Palm Beach, is a major $12M new build. Schorr told Treatment Magazine it will be the first in a series of anticipated new openings over the next two years . The scope and scale of the expansion Schorr described will, if they go as planned, see Schorr's new enterprise emerge as among treatment's largest for-profit centers.  With nearly 110 beds, Retreat at Palm Beach will be entering a crowded market, but there are only a handful of South Florida centers that can claim the kind of size, clinical skills and management expertise that the emerging "Retreat" brand promises.

30 Yrs

For Schorr, 60, it is a realization of entrepreneurial success that crowns a lifetime of working in addiction care. He started collecting urine samples at a methadone clinic in New York City over 30 years ago and now anticipates his Retreat Premier Addiction Centers will generate $50M in revenue this year.

1,000 Applicants

Schorr said that over 1,000 applicants were generated with relative ease by holding a job fair and getting resumes.  Many other centers these days are struggling to fill positions, and for some it has become a crisis with beds going empty as a result. Retreat, though, had an abundance of choice. That's not surprising given the success of The Retreat at Lancaster, as well as an already established 2-year outpatient presence in Palm Beach. And for most in the treatment industry, landing a job at the fast growing, well funded Retreat would be a clear path to greater opportunity.


Outpatient laid the groundwork for a strategy of going after the local Florida market. Schorr says Retreat at Palm Beach will build upon that, with an in-network heavy payor mix. Among some of the larger South Florida centers - fast expanding Florida House is one, its CEO and founder Sherief Abu Moustafa says - in-network is playing a bigger role. But historically, especially the myriad smaller centers reliant on the partial hospitalization style care, out-of-network has dominated for more than two decades as out-of-state clientele poured into South Florida, making it arguably the nation's top recovery region with the town of Delray Beach serving as capitol.

Years ago, the New York Times plugged into this trend, featuring Delray on its front page as a recovery Mecca. And now the Palm Beach Post reports on what it calls a $1B local industry with one of its top veteran reporters on the treatment beat.

Not only is Schorr among a huge group of clinicians turned entrepreneurs that have driven the massive and ongoing growth of addiction treatment, he is among the very first to also drive growth in eastern and central Pennsylvania after the huge recent recession. In many ways, Retreat at Lancaster County was the beginning of a clear, identifiable new treatment hub in Eastern Pennsylvania and the beginnings of what is now a major threat to South Florida's out-network strategy as new centers open all up and down the East Coast in droves.

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