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On April 15th, the Worcester Business Journal honored twelve health professionals at its third annual Health Care Heroes award breakfast, including Sherri Westbury, clinical supervisor at Spectrum Health Systems.

Ms. Westbury joined Spectrum nine years ago as a counselor working with individuals with substance abuse issues, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders. For the past two years, she has served as clinical supervisor in Spectrum’s outpatient department.

Ms. Westbury was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Kristin Nolan. “Over the years, numerous clients have been able to find the courage to make changes in their lives that promote abstinence from drugs and alcohol under Sherri’s care,” said Nolan.

“I try to be empathetic to these people’s lives, and I think they relate to it,” Westbury said. “One time I had a client who told me, ‘You are the first person who I honestly feel cares about what happens to me.’ That really meant a lot to me.”

In addition to her work with clients, Ms. Westbury supervises ten full-time clinicians while teaching and mentoring new staff. Continually striving to improve Spectrum’s service delivery, she has been instrumental in implementing a number of programming enhancements, including same-day admissions, a peer-health education program for women, and parenting classes, to name a few.

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit provider of substance abuse treatment and mental health services. The company serves more than 18,000 individuals each year throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Maine, Tennessee and Maryland.