Medical Floor nurse named recipient of Handler Award

A nurse on the Medical Floor at Adirondack Medical Center has been named the 2012 recipient of the Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award.

Lisa Frechette, a registered nurse, was recognized recently for her exceptional work in patient care.


Patient Care Director Linda McClarigan, left, and Dr. Elizabeth Buck, right, presented the Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing award to Lisa Frechette, a registered nurse on the Medical Floor at Adirondack Medical Center.

“Lisa is one of our most enthusiastic, energetic and positive nurses on the Medical Floor,” said Linda McClarigan, Patient Care Director for the Medical Floor and Colby Center.  “She consistently goes the extra mile for patients, their families and her co-workers.” 

Linda further added that Lisa embraces the guiding principles of Adirondack Health by demonstrating a compassionate, accountable and respectful demeanor while providing exceptional service to all she encounters.

“She is a pleasure to work with and a ‘go-to’ person when you need something done, always has a smile and takes on the charge role with ease,” Linda said.  “Lisa is always looking for ways to improve herself and patient care on the Medical Unit.”

The Handler award is given annually to an AMC nurse with less than three years experience. It is named in memory of Meghan Handler, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Handler, who passed away in 1998.  Dr. Handler, an internist, was a beloved and long-time member of the Adirondack Health medical staff who retired in 2011.

Recipients are chosen based on their commitment to improve and expand their knowledge base of patient care, technical skills, compassion, rapport with patient families and colleagues, and efficiency.

Contributions to the Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award can be made to the Adirondack Health Foundation, P.O. Box 120, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

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