Robert W. Ready, RN, MN, NEA-BC
Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Saint Vincent Hospital - Worcester, MA
As a healthcare provider, Bob has seen first-hand the rise in opioid addiction. This is particularly true in Worcester, which has the fourth-highest rate of opioid overdose in the state of Massachusetts.
Bob's experience inspired him to fight passionately against opoid addiction in his community and rally others to help combat this epidemic. About three years ago, Bob formed a task force comprised of hospital staff, physicians, local police and community organizations. The task force created a resource brochure to help staff, patients and families find local recovery centers. They also conducted multiple educational symposiums, providing information to more than 200 attendees from across Massachusetts. They also collaborate with a local school, as well as a family support group to provide further support for patients, staff and families.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Bob has been with Saint Vincent since 2012.