The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) honored longtime Gateway Rehabilitation Center CEO Kenneth S. Ramsey, PhD, at its annual conference this week with the Nelson J. Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award. Ramsey will retire this July after 45 years of service in the treatment field; last December it was announced that Gateway had named its innovative Institute for Research and Training after him.
The NAATP award is named after the treatment provider association’s first outstanding achievement award recipient, who was instrumental in the establishment of the multidisciplinary approach to treatment that was advanced in the state of Minnesota.
Ramsey, who has led the western Pennsylvania-based Gateway for 36 years, guided and oversaw growth that saw the organization evolve from one 28-day program to a 20-location organization spanning parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio. His emphasis on research activity and public advocacy within the organization illustrated a broader mission that he held for Gateway in the field at large.
According to a May 20 statement from NAATP, which is holding its annual conference in San Antonio, Ramsey is the second Gateway leader to receive the Bradley Award, joining 2002 recipient Abraham Twerski, MD.
Ramsey last year told Addiction Professional upon the announcement of his planned retirement that he intends to stay on at Gateway in a part-time capacity this year to chronicle the history of the organization he has led for more than three decades.