Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce Thomas Jensen is our new Director of Behavioral Health Services. In this role, Jensen will oversee Outpatient Mental Health Treatment, Recovery Services and our 10-bed Inpatient Chemical Detox and Mental Health Stabilization.
Jensen comes to MMC with over 20+ years of experience in both management and as a mental health therapist. Most recently, he served as Manager of Integrated Behavioral Health at Essentia Health. In this role, he worked to further develop the connection between primary care and behavioral health to provide a more cost-effective treatment approach for patient-centered care. He also developed tele-psychiatry at 14 clinics throughout northwest Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota.
“Tom’s commitment to improving access to mental health services will be a great asset to this community,” says MMC CEO Jason Douglas. “I was immediately impressed by his genuine passion and desire to find innovative solutions to ensure all patients have access to the services they need, even in rural communities.”
Tom has a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also completed 90 hours in Process Excellence Leader Training and participated in a Healthcare Kaizen at ThedaCare. Tom utilizes this training to focus on daily continuous improvement for behavioral healthcare delivery.
“Over the past 20-years, I’ve seen firsthand the challenges mental health patients face both in the community stigma attached to mental health issues, and the shortage of services,” Jensen says. “MMC’s commitment to addressing this shortage, along with the depth of expertise within the department made me realize this is a place I could truly make a difference in northwest Wisconsin.”
Jensen is a long-time resident of Iron River, Wisconsin where he and his partner also run Whippoorwill Farm and Studio, raising Scandinavian breeds of livestock such as Icelandic sheep and a large flock of Icelandic land-race chickens. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outside in nature kayaking, hiking, gardening, skiing, snowshoeing as well as working with his Norwegian Fjords. Tom and his partner are passionate about cooking with the great abundance the farm offers.