It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Dr. Mike Glacken, Medical Director at KeyStone Center.
I have had the enormous honor of knowing and working with Mike for the past 13 years. His compassion, collaboration, and total dedication to the care of patients will leave a lasting imprint on KeyStone Center. As Medical Director, he carried out his duties with the highest degree of ethics and integrity which allowed us to further our mission of quality patient care. His leadership provided a moral center and pushed the staff and program to constantly explore how we can better serve those seeking our help. His dedication to the field of addiction medicine and his commitment to seeing the individual that was being impacted by addiction allowed for his effective approach and resulted in his earning the respect of not just the KeyStone team, but the recovery community as a whole.
I could go on and on describing the professional impact Mike has had. But more importantly, I feel it necessary to share about the man, and how his friendship and very nature touched all who knew him. There are few individuals of whom it can be said that they had no enemies. Mike is one of these. I never once encountered anyone who had a negative thing to say about him. He made it a point to really know people, not just professionally, but personally. This type of interaction made him special, and made those he encountered feel special. His gift was human connection and it was without pretense. He was a man who loved his family, loved life, and loved his work. His outlook was contagious and I know that I am a better person for having known him and having worked with him. I will miss my friend.