Quinn honored with Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award

Gabrielle Quinn, center, won this year’s Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award. She’s pictured here with, from left, Adirondack Health Chief Nursing Officer Dave Mader; Carrie Reardon, the emergency department’s patient care director; Dr. Elizabeth Buck, representing the Handler family as a close friend and colleague; and Adirondack Health Foundation Executive Director Hannah Hanford.

Gabrielle Quinn, a nurse in the Adirondack Medical Center emergency department, is this year’s recipient of the Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award.

The award was established by Dr. Richard and Leslie Handler in memory of their daughter, Meghan. It is given annually since 1999 to a registered nurse employed by Adirondack Health with one to three years of professional experience, a commitment to improving and/or expanding their knowledge base, excellent technical skills and efficiency, and practices with compassion and establishes a rapport with patients,  families and colleagues.

Quinn was presented the award on Dec. 4. She has been working the night shift in the Saranac Lake emergency department for two years, and she was a hospital nurse for a year before that. She has a bachelor’s degree in another field, and recently returned to school with a goal of completing her Master of Science in Nursing within the next three years. She recently earned her specialization certifications as a Certified Emergency Nurse and a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse.  

“Gabby is professional and compassionate, always,” said Carrie Reardon, the emergency department’s patient care director. “She is incredibly dedicated to furthering her knowledge of the field.”

The Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award is an endowed fund held by the Adirondack Health Foundation that provides the award winner with a $500 reward.

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