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North Shore Medical Center Physician Assistant Named Physician Assistant of the Year
8/20/2014

Dixie Patterson P.A.-C, cardiac surgery physician assistant, North Shore Medical Center, received the Outstanding Civilian Physician Assistant of the Year award by the Veterans Caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

A first responder at the Boston Marathon bombings, Patterson was chosen for her commitment for caring for others in the community.


Patterson was selected to be the recipient of the award after she gave a key note speech at the Veterans Caucus program at the AAPA this past Memorial Day in Boston, where they asked Patterson to speak to her involvement with the marathon bombings.

“I am so humbled to receive this honor,” said Patterson. “Treating patients and helping others is so important to me. When the bombs went off on that horrible day, I didn’t think. I just knew that I needed to help anyone that I could.”


The Veterans Caucus of the AAPA promotes the interests and contributions of veterans through service, education, and fraternity. For the past thirty years, the group names a military and civilian physician assistant of the year. Nominees are considered on work performance, ethical and professional standards and for outstanding contributions to the profession, community and country. Patterson gave a key note speech at the Veterans Caucus program at the AAPA this past Memorial Day in Boston, where she shared her story about treating marathon bombing victims and survivors.

North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) is a multi-site health system headquartered in Salem, Mass., which includes NSMC Salem Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, NSMC Heart Center, NSMC Women’s Center and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group. NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital together provide care at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. NSMC is a member of Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. #northshoremed

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