SVMC Nurse Named as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Registered nurse Billie Lynn Allard, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's administrative director of Population Health and Transitions of Care, will receive one of the nursing profession's highest honors when she is inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at the academy's annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., in October.

The AAN is composed of 2,400 of the nation’s top nurse researchers, policy makers, scholars, executives, educators, and practitioners from across the country.

"I am honored to be recognized by my professional nursing colleagues for work developing transitional care and population health programs at SVMC," Allard said. "I look forward to making continuing contributions to improve health care outcomes for our communities."

Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.

"Billie Lynn exhibits an inspiring drive to improve the health our communities, and she has the evidence-based practice and leadership skills to bring these transformational projects to fruition," said Thomas A. Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care. "We are so proud that her vision and hard work have been recognized by this distinguished national academy and hope that this honor will serve as a platform for the proliferation of her ideas to improve health care delivery."

 


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Dr. Duquette is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She received her doctor of allopathic medicine degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, School of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health at Stanford University in California. In addition, she completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Tennessee.

Before getting her medical degree, Dr. Duquette earned a bachelor's in biomedical sciences at SUNY Buffalo and an associate's of applied science in veterinary technology from SUNY Canton.

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