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December 7, 2015 Power Players: Visionaries

Charles Faris

As lawmakers and officials seek to crack down on the snowballing opioid crisis that has claimed hundreds of lives in 2015, Spectrum Health Systems President and CEO Charles Faris has been an important voice for the substance abuse treatment industry and the patient.

Faris has an astute grasp on the ins and outs of financing treatment programs, including the insurance reimbursement conundrum that results in a shortage of inpatient treatment options. Spectrum, which had $51 million in revenues in fiscal 2014, has scaled up its outpatient detox centers in Central Massachusetts and beyond, in order to help people get off opiates safely. A outpatient center opened in Leominster this year, while Spectrum opened inpatient facilities in Westborough.

The organization is exploring more sites in the North Central Massachusetts area. Under Faris' direction, Spectrum has placed a high priority on information technology to improve the quality of care and is leading a federally-funded effort to rehabilitate convicts that are at high risk of reoffending upon leaving prison.

Read about other Central Massachusetts Power Players

Change Agents: Executives bringing their organizations to new heights

Visionaries: Forward thinkers pushing to realize the promises of the future

Politicos: Public officials leveraging their positions to further business development

Fresh Faces: Newcomers to Central Massachusetts with refreshing perspectives and ideas

Inner Circle: Long-time players who continue to have a significant role in new developments

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