Ashlee L. Thompson, director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at Rome Memorial Hospital, is one of the health care professionals honored at the Genesis Group’s annual Heathcare Recognition Awards ceremony.
Thompson was nominated for the award by Manon Gouse, Rome Memorial Hospital vice president and chief quality officer.
A credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor through the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), State of New York, Thompson is director of the
hospital’s Community Recovery Center (CRC).
Thompson earned her bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, and her master of science degree from Touro College, New York City. She is working toward a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Utica College.
Since becoming director of the CRC, Thompson has implemented a range of program changes at clinic, including the development of a Medication
Assisted Treatment, the addition of mental health services, expansion of diverse and evidenced based treatment groups, and the addition of an intake counselor to expedite access to assessment and start of care.
Thompson and her staff have developed a monthly Family Support Group that meets the third Monday of each month at Rome Memorial Hospital. The group offers a safe place for information and advice for those trying to help their loved ones who are battling addiction.
Thompson is also engaged with a variety of community based organizations to extend access to care beyond the walls of the clinic.
“Successful addiction treatment requires a holistic approach to patient care. To be successful, the CRC cannot operate in isolation,” Gouse said.
“Ashlee is involved with community partners including BOCES, The Neighborhood Center, Oneida County Drug Court, and the Center for Family Live and Recovery (CFLR) to name a few. Her community engagement on behalf of the hospital has been instrumental in improving the chances of successful long-term recovery for the members of our community suffering from addiction.”
Thompson also serves on the Rome Community Schools Initiative and Oneida County Opiate/Heroin Task Force.
The CRC is certified by the state Department of Health and AIDS Institute as an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. This certification allows the CRC to provide Narcan kits and training to their clientele and community members. Thompson and her staff provide Narcan training sessions for the community.
“Ashlee’s dedication to caring for individuals with substance use disorders in our community is evident in the high quality, evidence based, person centered care that is provided at the Community Recovery Center,” Gouse said.
“Ceaseless in her advocacy for those suffering from both mental illness and substance abuse, Ashlee is pivotal in assuring that Rome Memorial Hospital responds to the behavioral healthcare needs of the population we serve.”
The Community Recovery Center is located at 264 W. Dominick St. For more information, call 315-334-4701.