Chris McLaughlin Receives National Award for Innovative Program Development

Date: 10/23/2019

(Pictured left: Scott Ferguson, LCSW, director of Care Transitions at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and a member of the National Board for the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, presents Chris McLaughlin with the Eleanor Clark Award.)

The leadership team at Northern Light Acadia Hospital is pleased to share that Chris McLaughlin, LCSW, associate vice president of Community and Pediatric Services, Northern Light Acadia Hospital, received the Eleanor Clark Award for Innovative Programs in Patient Care. This national award honors an individual or team for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a clinical or social action program that emulates Eleanor Clark’s spirit of discovery and innovation. In addition, the award seeks to promote the creative and valuable new programs throughout the healthcare field. The award was presented to him on October 22 by the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care during their annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
In recognition of the award, Scott Oxley, president, Northern Light Acadia Hospital and senior vice president Northern Light Health, shares, “ I am very pleased that the nation has recognized what we have known for many years here in Bangor – in that Chris is a rock star. We are very fortunate to have Chris as a member of the Northern Light Acadia team and share in the pride of his accomplishments and honors. Chris is a true champion for our patients and for what is best for our communities.”

The award honors Chris’ leadership with the development of the Child-Adolescent Resource and Education Series (CARES) project, which highlights crucial youth mental health and wellness issues. The video series follows young people as they address topics such as eating disorders, bullying, anxiety, sexual/gender identity, substance abuse, and resiliency. Northern Light Acadia CARES packages have been distributed to approximately 125 schools and other locations across Maine with more still to be shared.