Recovery Centers of America-Danvers Names Laura Ames CEO
DANVERS, Mass., Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Recovery Centers of America (RCA) announced today that Laura A. Ameshas joined the Danvers facility as chief executive officer. Ames, a healthcare executive with more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership positions at hospitals and rehabilitation centers across Massachusetts, will lead the day-to-day operations of the 207-bed drug and rehabilitation center. She will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the facility, including enhancements to the clinical curriculum, treatment protocols and educational programming offerings.
“Laura’s extensive leadership experience, coupled with her innate passion for encouraging people through difficult times, makes her the ideal person to lead our Danvers team,” said Recovery Centers of America Chief Operating Officer JP Christen. “She will have an immediate impact on our clinical and professional staff, as well as on the patients and families so desperately in need of care.”
“I’m honored to join the Recovery Centers of America team,” said Ames. “As a lifelong healthcare professional, my primary goal is and always has been to care for the sick – and this includes those suffering from the terrible disease of addiction.”
Prior to joining RCA, Ames served as CEO of HealthSouth New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn. She previously held executive-level positions at Arbour Hospital, Health Partners New England, Wingate Healthcare, Inc., Spectrum Health Care Systems, iCare Management, LLC and Olympus Health Care Group. She is also former a clinical nursing instructor at Quinsigamond Community College, where she provided clinical and didactical instruction to first year associate degree nursing students.
An active member of the community, Ames is a member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), and has served on the committee of the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health (ABH) and Department of Youth Services task forces. She holds multiple licenses and certifications, including Registered Nurse (Mass. and Conn.), Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (Mass. and Conn.), and Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse.
Ames earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Fitchburg State College and her Master of Science in nursing administration and patient education from Anna Maria College. She also earned a Master of Science degree in criminal justice and a Master of Business Administration from Anna Maria College.
Recovery Centers of America provides world-class education and clinical treatment in inpatient and outpatient settings throughout Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland. The company is based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
About Recovery Centers of America
Recovery Centers of America is on a mission to save 1 million lives – one neighborhood at a time – by helping individuals suffering from substance use disorders enter into treatment and long-term, meaningful recovery. RCA’s vision is to make treatment for addiction and other mental health disorders as affordable and accessible as any other disease. With world-class clinical treatment in state-of-the-art facilities throughout New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, every RCA patient is given the highest standard of care and evidence-based treatment with dignity and respect close to where they live and work.