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ACHS Health Care Provider Team Receives Outstanding Clinicians Award

ACHS Provider Team Receives AwardJune 04 2013 - Press Release


The board of directors of Bi-State Primary Care Association presented the Outstanding Clinicians Award, honoring primary care clinicians whose exemplary skills and service have made a significant impact on the health of underserved populations and the community in which they serve, to the provider team of Nicole Fischler, APRN, and Allison Knight, MA, from Ammonoosuc Community Health Services (ACHS) in Littleton, New Hampshire. The awards were presented at Bi-State’s 27th Primary Care Conference on May 14 in Fairlee, Vermont.

Edward Shanshala II, CEO of ACHS, introduced the team to a crowd of nearly 200 health center leaders and providers from New Hampshire and Vermont. “Nicole and Allison have consistently demonstrated excellence in patient care and organizational leadership as it relates to providing asthma care management, one patient at a time, concurrent with enhancing the organization’s capacity to realize optimal outcomes for the population of asthmatics,” said Shanshala. “Their efforts, and the results they achieved, contributed to Ammonoosuc Community Health Services receiving the highest level recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home.”

Nicole Fischler started her nursing career as a registered nurse at Boston Medical Center. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in nursing at Simmons College in Boston. Nicole’s particular contribution to the agency and community has been in developing a template for asthma data collection, and in particular setting a standard that all patients with asthma have a stratified diagnosis, if they have persistent asthma, are on a controller, have an asthma action plan, and an annual asthma visit.

Nicole’s assistant, Allison Knight, propagated this contribution even further by learning to administer spirometry testing (used to measure lung function) in the office. Allison is a medical assistant with more than 18 years of experience. She has an associate degree in medical assisting from Fisher College in Massachusetts. She has worked in family healthcare at Ammonoosuc Community Health Services for nearly 10 years.