Health Monitor Announces 2014 Physician Assistant "LifeChanger Award" Winner

MONTVALE, NJ – July 25, 2014 – Health Monitor Network, the nation’s leading patient-education company, in partnership with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), is excited to announce that Shirley Powell, PA-C, from Lassen Medical Group in Cottonwood, CA, is the 2014 winner of the patient-nominated LifeChanger Award.

Health Monitor’s LifeChanger Award was presented to Powell during the Closing General Session of the 2014 AAPA Annual Conference, held this year in Boston, MA. Powell was nominated by the daughter of one of her patients, Heather.  In her letter, she thanked Powell for giving her mother a second chance. Through her knowledge and persistence, Powell was able to help Heather manage her type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and coronary heart disease - a cluster of symptoms known as metabolic syndrome. She had also had a stroke, and because her diabetes was not well controlled, she was suffering from stage 3 kidney disease. “I know beyond the shadow of a doubt, that Shirley has saved my mother’s life,” wrote Heather’s daughter.

Powell has been a PA since 2002 and has worked at Lassen since 1997, where she began as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator before becoming a PA. Powell has been a member of AAPA since 2000.

“We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the AAPA for many years,” mentioned Dave Dolton, vice president of Health Monitor Network. “We create compelling multi-media patient-education programs that AAPA reviews and approves, increasing value to AAPA members and their patients. Our digital and print programs do the job they are designed for by helping patients communicate better with their healthcare team to achieve a greater level of care.”

John McGinnity, MS, PA-C, AAPA president, states, “We are excited to collaborate on this award as part of our excellent partnership with Health Monitor Network. This relationship provides our members the opportunity to receive exceptional patient-education benefits, including complimentary copies of Health Monitor magazine, access to Health Monitor Network’s multiple websites, tools and resources. The partnership demonstrates our commitment to facilitating patient dialogue,” McGinnity adds. “This patient-nominated award that Health Monitor Network presents is another great way to add value and distinguish the quality medicine PAs practice every day.”

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About the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for PAs. It represents a profession of more than 95,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and within the uniformed services.

AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. It works to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of physician assistants and to enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare.

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About Health Monitor Network

Health Monitor Network is the leading direct-to-patient company whose mission is to facilitate an effective dialogue between patients and their healthcare professionals. The company’s extensive marketing platform of print, digital and mobile products reaches more than 40 million patients through 120,000 medical offices, 360,000+ healthcare professionals, and in 2 million patients’ homes. Additionally, Health Monitor Network has developed long-standing partnerships and alliances with over 40 healthcare associations, societies and advocacy organizations, making them a trusted partner in the direct-to-patient category.

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