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National Council '08: Recognizing Excellence

May 3, 2008
by Douglas J. Edwards, Editor-in-Chief
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One of the highlights of the second day of the ’08 National Council annual conference was the Awards of Excellence dinner, held in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Although some of the awards presentation was drowned out by the clinking of silverware and glasses, the audience was very enthusiastic about recognizing the winners.

Vinfen Corporation's Moe Armstrong, being recognized for lifetime achievement in staff leadership, delivered a powerful acceptance speech, emphasizing an “each one reach one, teach one” recovery model. Much not to my surprise, the Providence Center in Rhode Island picked up yet another award this year—the Negley Awards for Risk Management Board of Directors’ Award. It wasn’t the Providence Center’s only Negley Award, and I doubt it will be their last.

David Guth accepted the Excellence in Innovation Award on behalf of the Centerstone Research Institute in Nashville. Centerstone completed its merger with two Indiana-based community behavioral healthcare organizations a few days ago, and our June cover story will highlight this new entity.

There were many other well-deserving award winners, and you can read about them all online.