May 10, 2012

Contact: John Clayton

CONCORD – Cheryl Abbott, a "career-change" registered nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, is the 2012 recipient of the Clint M. Jones New Hampshire Nursing Award presented by the Foundation for Healthy Communities.

Abbott, a Dartmouth College and River Valley Community College graduate who is also pursuing a master's degree in nursing at Yale University, received the seventh annual award during a special Nurses' Day program held yesterday (May 9) at D-HMC.

The Clint Jones Nursing Award was created in 2006 by the Foundation for Healthy Communities to honor the memory of the former director of the Foundation's N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership. The award recognizes a registered nurse practicing in New Hampshire for at least one year but not more than six years, who exemplifies quality nursing care and demonstrates a commitment to a career in nursing.

Abbott first joined the staff at Dartmouth-Hitchcock as a nursing assistant in the Neuro Special Care Unit in 2006.

In nominating Abbott for the Clint Jones Award, peers and supervisors cited her role in nursing shared governance, quality and practice activities, her recent completion of the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse's exam and her compassionate approach to patient care as "exemplifying the practice of quality nursing care and her commitment to the nursing profession."

Between November 2002 and February 2005, the N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership – under the direction of Clint Jones – distributed millions of dollars in forgivable loans to hundreds of aspiring nurses in college and practicing nurses who received specialty training or advanced degrees.

"Clint worked with extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment at the Foundation for Healthy Communities and with several other New Hampshire organizations to encourage people to pursue a nursing career," said Shawn LaFrance, the Foundation's executive director. "This award in Clint's name is one way to honor those who work so hard to care for patients across the state."

As they have every year, Clint's wife, Leslie, and son, Matt, attended the ceremony to present the award to the chosen nurse.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire. The Foundation's partnerships include hospitals, health plans, clinicians, home care agencies, public policy leaders, and other health and social service organizations. Learn more about the Foundation at