The following was written by Dr. Phil Kibort, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Children’s.
I’m continually humbled by my fellow employees and clinical colleagues who tirelessly support Children’s mission to champion the special health needs of children and their families. It is in this mindset that I am honored to announce that Patsy Stinchfield, a pediatric nurse practitioner and director of Infectious Disease and Immunology at Children’s, was recently bestowed the prestigious Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award.
Patsy was honored in front of more than 1,800 of her colleagues at the recent National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) 33rd Annual Conference in late March. Often referred to as “the pediatric nurse practitioner of the year award,” the award is named in honor of Dr. Loretta C. Ford who pioneered and co-founded the pediatric nurse practitioner role in 1965.
NAPNAP bills the recognition as its most prestigious award, and annually presents it to the individual who has made significant contributions to children’s health and has helped advance the pediatric nurse practitioner profession. Patsy accepted the award from Dr. Ford herself.
Here at Children’s, we know better than anyone that Patsy is an invaluable resource when it comes to advancing the care and health of our young patients. Whether rounding in our hospitals and clinics or guiding quality and safety policy development at the State Capitol, Patsy’s passion shines through.
Her work to educate the greater public on the importance of immunizations and to dispel myths surrounding H1N1 vaccination during its peak have gained her local and national recognition. It is also much in part due to Patsy’s leadership, hard work and commitment to kids, that she, as well as Children’s, is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a national model for vaccination and disease treatment.
Patsy is truly an authentic champion for improving vaccination rates and infection prevention. Quite simply, there are few individuals who deserve the Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award more than her. On behalf of Children’s, I want to offer congratulations on this remarkable lifetime achievement.