Desmarais earns AMC’s Handler Award for nursing excellence

SARANAC LAKE – A nurse on the medical floor at Adirondack Medical Center has been named the 2013 recipient of the Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award.

Addie Desmarais, a registered nurse, was recognized recently for her exceptional work in patient care.

“She is involved with the orientation of nearly every new hire and exemplifies the utmost in professionalism,” said Linda McClarigan, chief nursing officer. “Addie is always smiling, flexible and willing to go the extra mile for her patients and colleagues.

McClarigan further added that Lisa embraces the guiding principles of Adirondack Health by demonstrating a compassionate, accountable and respectful demeanor while providing exceptional service to those she encounters.

The Handler Award is given annually to an AMC nurse with less than three years experience. It is named in memory of Meghan Handler, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Handler, who passed away in 1998. Dr. Handler, an internist, was a beloved and long-time member of the Adirondack Health medical staff who retired in 2011.

Recipients are chosen based on their commitment to improve and expand their knowledge base of patient care, technical skills, compassion, rapport with patient’s families and colleagues, and efficiency.

Contributions to the Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award can be made to the Adirondack Health Foundation, P.O. Box 120, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

To learn more about the programs and services of Adirondack Health, log onto