Allen earns honor

10 years ago
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    Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award recipient Mary Allen, FNP-C of Pines Health Services is congratulated by James Davis, CEO Pines Health Services.

    Mary Allen, FNP-C for Pines Health Services, has received the Maine Primary Care Association’s Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award. According to MPCA officials, Allen has demonstrated a commitment to rural communities from Day One. From working locally as a CNA from 2002 to ‘04, an RN from 2004 to ‘08 and now as an FNP from 2008 to present, Allen has continuously shown a desire to help the people of the local rural communities.

    “Mary provides high quality care and attention to all patients regardless of their financial status and treats each patient as if they were a member of her own family,” MPCA officials said. “Mary recently took on the challenge of helping Pines Health Services start a new practice in Washburn. (Washburn lost their local health center several years ago.) Mary’s schedule is now split between two health centers so that Washburn, her hometown, can have access to primary care.
    Allen was one of five award recipients.
    “Day in and day out, the clinicians at Maine’s community health centers go above and beyond the call of duty to provide the highest quality, integrated primary care to all, particularly the medically underserved,” said Vanessa Santarelli, CEO of Maine Primary Care Association, the statewide organization representing Maine’s health centers. “These awards highlight their tireless commitment and innovative approach to caring for their patients as well as their communities.”
    Five women were formally recognized for the service and work they contribute to their community at the 2013 Maine Primary Care Association Annual Conference Reception on Oct. 23 at the Bar Harbor Club in Bar Harbor.