Riverside-backed Lakeview Health appoints new president an CEO

Lakeview Health, an addiction treatment center, has named James R. Evanger as president and CEO. His appointment became effective February 25, 2019. Lakeview Health is a portfolio company of The Riverside Company.



Lakeview Health, a nationally accredited addiction treatment center with locations in Florida and Texas, has announced James R. Evanger as the new President and CEO. After a comprehensive search process, the board is pleased to have found an individual who matches the company’s high standards with a passion to lead the organization in its quest to help more people find recovery across the United States. Effective February 25, 2019, Evanger is leading the growing organization.

A forward-thinking executive, Evanger has a passion for growing organizations and developing teams. Steve Richards, operating partner at The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm that acquired Lakeview Health in 2016, stated, “Jim is the ideal leader for Lakeview because of his in-depth experience helping organizations of various sizes grow. Even more importantly, he is a great fit for the Lakeview Health culture of servant leadership.”

Evanger has more than 20 years of experience leading companies as a CEO. His diverse background includes starting companies from scratch, turning them around, and growing them – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Most recently he ran a nationwide healthcare provider. Prior experience also includes leading ASM in Jacksonville, FL where he helped turn the organization around through launching a new division, restructuring, and developing staff.

“Jim’s proven leadership will be a major asset to Lakeview Health as we continue to provide top-tier treatment to individuals across the country,” said Richards. “Riverside and the board completed an extensive search, and we believe Jim is the best individual for the job.”

“The outcomes and clinical success enjoyed by Lakeview patients was so exciting to see,” said Evanger. “I look forward to helping the organization continue its focus on providing exceptional patient care and emerging as the go-to source for anyone suffering from an addiction nationwide.”

Evanger holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. Evanger grew up in Chicago and lived there for much of his life, outside of his college years in Wisconsin. He moved to Florida in 2007. He resides in Ponte Vedra, Florida with his wife of 23 years and two children.

About Lakeview Health
Founded in 2001, Lakeview Health serves individuals with addiction and psychiatric disorders. The company takes an integrative health approach that addresses the medical, psychological, physical and spiritual aspects of recovery. Lakeview offers gender-responsive detox and inpatient services at the flagship location in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2018, the company opened a second facility in The Woodlands, Texas offering intensive outpatient treatment and partial hospitalization programs. Their continuum of care at both facilities allows patients to move successfully toward a life in recovery. To learn more, visit http://www.LakeviewHealth.com.

About The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on making control and non-control investments in growing businesses valued at up to $400 million. Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 520 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 75 companies.