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Office of Primary Care’s McLean Receives J. Ward Stackpole, M.D. Recognition Award

Kay Towne, left, and Laurie McLean
From left, Kary Towne, R.N., M.Ed., N.C.S.N., of the Vermont State School Nurses Association, and Laurie McLean of the UVM Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program office.

Laurie McLean, a program specialist in the University of Vermont Office of Primary Care (OPC) and office manager for the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, received the J. Ward Stackpole MD Recognition Award at the 25th Annual New England School Nurse Conference held May 4, 2013, at the Hilton Burlington in Burlington, Vt.

The award, named after pediatrician J. Ward Stackpole, M.D.’56, a co-founder of Timberlane Pediatrics in South Burlington, Vt., and former UVM clinical professor of pediatrics, recognizes “significant and sustained contributions to school health and its importance in ensuring the academic success of students in Vermont.” McLean was lauded for her role in the Vermont Department of Health-AHEC Grand Rounds for School Nurses continuing education program, which she coordinated from 2004-2012.

According to AHEC and OPC Director Elizabeth Cote, McLean coordinated 40 unique VDH-AHEC Grand Rounds sessions broadcast statewide via the Vermont Interactive Technologies distance learning system. “Laurie always provided excellent customer service and worked diligently to make sure that school nurses’ needs and perspectives remained at the forefront of program planning and session development,” says Cote.

The award was presented to McLean by Kary Towne, R.N., M.Ed., N.C.S.N., school nurse at F.H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, Vt., and Vermont Liaison to the National Board for Certification of School Nurses.

McLean and AHEC colleague Laurie Loveland also presented a session about the Grand Rounds for School Nurses Program at the conference.