William Emerson, Jr., LCDP, has been honored with the 2011 Employee of the Year Award from Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I. Emerson, a mental health worker in the , is a 21-year employee of Butler who has repeatedly earned the respect and appreciation of his managers and colleagues.
“He is naturally integrative, blending strong intellectual gifts with an equal measure of emotional strength. He is dedicated to his work with patients, and has an eye for detail without ever losing sight of the big picture,” said Emerson’s supervisor Mary Ella Dubreuil, adding, “No matter how difficult and stressful a situation may be, Bill can be trusted to give fair and balanced opinions and advice to his fellow staff members.”
A National Merit Finalist at the University of Kansas and graduate student at Brown University, Emerson is a licensed chemical dependency professional. Emerson began his career at Butler as a mental health worker on the Intensive Treatment Unit and also worked on the children’s unit and in the Partial Hospital Psychiatric Program before moving to his current position in 2007.
Emerson has helped train staff in the use of Avatar, Butler’s computerized medical record system, and has assisted in preparing for Joint Commission accreditation reviews. A member of the Safe Patient Handling Committee and Critical Incident Stress Management team, he has natural leadership ability, which was further enhanced during his participation in Butler’s Leadership Training program.
Emerson received the Employee of the Year Award on January 17, 2012, at the Butler Hospital Annual Meeting of the Corporation at Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I. Learn more about the Butler Hospital Annual Meeting through its 2011 web-based Annual Report.
Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.