HM Announces 2013 NP "LifeChanger Award" Winner

Atlanta Nurse Practitioner Wins Award for Life-Changing Care

Unique patient-nominated award program recognizes outstanding work of NPs


LAS VEGAS, NV, June 22, 2013 – Health Monitor magazine announced the winner of the 2013 LifeChanger Award for Nurse Practitioners during the Annual Membership Meeting of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ 28th National Conference.  This patient-nominated award, presented in partnership by Health Monitor Network and AANP, recognizes exemplary service to patient and community care by remarkable Nurse Practitioners.

The LifeChanger Award winner is selected from six semifinalists, who are profiled throughout the year in Health Monitor magazine based on compelling patient nominations from across the country. Health Monitor magazine, the leading in-office patient-education magazine, has an audience of over 6 million and is provided for FREE to all AANP members as a member-benefit.

Christine L. Nell-Dybdahl, NP-C, MPH, MSN, was thrilled to receive the 2013 LifeChanger Award in front of thousands of her peers. Christine, an NP at Emory Center for Heart Disease Prevention in Atlanta, GA, was nominated by two of her patients, Katherine R. and Nancy B. because they believe that Nell-Dybdahl continuously demonstrates “above and beyond” attitude toward patient care. Learn more about Christine's story by clicking here:

“Christine has changed my life with her knowledge and compassion. She’s like a detective putting together all the ‘puzzle pieces,’ trying to find out if another health problem could be affecting your heart,” says Nancy, one of Christine’s patients. “She started a support group called ‘Women with Angina.’ Through this group, we have formed lasting friendships with others who can relate to what we are going through.”

“Chris has impressed me for the past 12 years with both professional and personal skills,” writes Katherine, another patient of Christine’s. “Regardless of a very busy schedule, there appears a determination to ask pertinent questions while listening to responses with great patience, keeping meticulous records and giving dignity to each concern or question the patient has.”

Nell-Dybdahl practices medicine at the Emory Center for Heart Disease Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and has been an NP for 14 years after graduating from Emory University with a “Master’s” of Science in Nursing and “Master’s” in Public Health. Christine is the Clinical Nurse Director of Emory Center for Heart Disease Prevention, Emory Women’s Heart Program, as well as the Founder and Clinical Director of Emory Women Living with (Maximally treated) Angina Support Group.

Dave Dolton, Vice President of Health Monitor Network, said that the LifeChanger Award celebrates and recognizes the value of NPs like Nell-Dybdahl each year. “Our organizations have collaborated on a number of compelling multimedia patient-education programs, increasing value to AANP members and their patients. We strive to help patients engage better with their healthcare team in order to achieve a higher level of care and more positive outcomes.”

“We are proud to present this year’s LifeChanger Award to Christine for her thorough diagnostic skills and commitment to the health of her patients,” said Angela Golden, AANP president.

About the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is the oldest and largest national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. Created in 1985, it represents the interests of approximately 155,000 NPs across the country, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other healthcare consumers. For more information, visit

About Health Monitor Network

Health Monitor Network is the leading patient-education company in the United States, with multimedia programs (print, online and mobile), and over 50 partnerships with Healthcare Associations, Societies and Advocacy organizations. The company’s mission is to facilitate dialogue between patients and their healthcare professionals, reaching more than 40 million patients through 120,000 medical offices, over 360,000 physicians and healthcare professionals, and 2 million patients’ homes. For more information, visit