Spectrum Health Systems Chief Operating Officer Laura Ames and Director of Corporate Compliance Michael Stuart were each honored with an award at the Association for Behavioral Healthcare’s (ABH) Annual Provider Celebration. The event recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to community-based behavioral health over the past year.

“Having two Spectrum employees recognized by the ABH for management and leadership skills shows how dedicated this organization is from the top level down to improving the lives of individuals impacted by addiction and mental illness,” said Spectrum Health Systems President and CEO Charles J. Faris.

Ms. Ames received the Provider Recognition Award for Administration and Finance for her personal commitment to quality and innovation in the management of program finances and operations. “It is a special honor to receive an award from one of the premier organizations advocating for mental health and addiction treatment services,” said Ms. Ames.

Mr. Stuart received the Innovative Practice Award for his involvement in the Massachusetts Standardized Documentation Project (MSDP) Leadership Team. “Being a part of the Leadership Team has been a great experience. This award is a good example of how interagency collaboration can lead to innovative practices and processes,” said Mr. Stuart.

Approximately 370 people attended the event, held on October 23rd at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass.

Prior to joining Spectrum, Ms. Ames served as COO for iCare Management where she oversaw the operation of nine skilled nursing facilities, totaling $100 million. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and a Master of Business Administration. Mr. Stuart has been Spectrum’s director of corporate compliance for the past three years. He holds a Master of Business Administration.

Based in Worcester, Mass., Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit provider of substance abuse treatment and mental health services. The company serves more than 20,000 individuals each year throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Maine, Tennessee, Maryland, Iowa and Washington.

Cindy Buraczynski, Director of Planning 
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