HM Announces 2013 PA "LifeChanger Award" Winner

MONTVALE, NJ, – May 25, 2013 – Health Monitor Network, the nation’s leading patient-education company, as part of its long-term partnership with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), is excited to announce that Kyra Downing, a Physician Assistant from Glasgow Family Practice in Newark, DE, is the 2013 winner of the patient-nominated LifeChanger Award (formerly known as PA-Patient Hero of the Year Award).

Downing was nominated by one of her patients, who thanked Downing in a letter for giving her a second chance. Because of Downing’s attention to detail and persistence—she insisted the patient, who complained of anxiety, undergo a battery of diagnostic tests—an underlying cardiac condition was detected and she subsequently underwent potentially life-saving open heart surgery. “I’ve been given a second chance. Thank you, Kyra Downing, for being an excellent PA,” writes Linda H., the patient.

Kyra Downing practices in Newark, DE, and has been a PA for four years. She graduated from Philadelphia University in 2008 and has been working in family practice since, currently with United Medical Clinic. Downing is a member of both the Academy of Physician Assistants and the Delaware Academy of Physician Assistants.

“We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the American Association of Physician Assistants over the last six years,” mentioned Dave Dolton, Vice President of Health Monitor Network. “Our organizations have collaborated on a number of compelling multimedia patient-education programs created by Health Monitor Network, increasing value to AAPA members and their patients. Our digital and print programs do the job they are designed for: to help patients communicate better with their healthcare team in order to achieve a more informed level of care.”

“We are excited to collaborate on this Award as part of our excellent partnership with Health Monitor Network. This relationship provides our membership the opportunity to receive exceptional patient-education benefits, including complimentary copies of Health Monitor magazine, access to Health Monitor Network’s multiple websites and other tools and resources. The partnership demonstrates our commitment to facilitate patient dialogue,” says James E. Delaney, President of the American Association of Physician Assistants. James adds, “This patient-nominated award that Health Monitor Network presents is another great way to add value and distinguish the hard work of PAs.”

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About the American Association of Physician Assistants

American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the national professional society for PAs. The mission of AAPA is to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of PAs, and to support their efforts to enable them to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered health care. AAPA also represents and advocates for the profession with healthcare organizations, government agencies, professional associations and other stakeholders.

About Health Monitor Network

Health Monitor Network is the leading direct-to-patient company and has one of the largest marketing platforms in medical offices, in patient homes and on-the-go. The company’s mission is to facilitate dialogue between patients and their healthcare professionals. We reach more than 40 million patients through 120,000 medical offices, over 360,000 physicians and healthcare professionals, and in 2 million patients’ homes. With a strong suite of products (print, online and mobile), and over 30 partnerships with Healthcare Associations, Societies and Advocacy organizations, Health Monitor is a trusted partner in the direct-to-patient category.

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