CONCORD – The Foundation for Healthy Communities is pleased to announce Isaac Hirschfeld, RN, Elliot Health System, as the 2018 recipient of the Clint M. Jones Nursing Award.   Elliot Health System set two records with the Clint Jones Nursing Award Program this year, as this is first time the program has had a male recipient and the third year in a row that a nurse from Elliot Health System has received this prestigious award.

Hirschfeld, a resident of Allenstown and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, received the annual award in front of his peers and family during a special Nurses Week celebration held Wednesday, May 9th at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH.

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, compassionate nursing care and demonstrates a commitment to a career in nursing. 

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.

Hirschfeld joined the staff at Elliot Hospital in 2013 and currently serves on the hospital’s Fitch Unit working with patients and their families.  He won Novice Nurse of the Year in his first year with Elliot for his leadership, professionalism and dedication to improving the quality and delivery of patient care.

In nominating Hirschfeld for the award, Sharon Kostansek, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager, cited his exemplary dedication as a nurse, as well as his compassion and commitment to his patients and their families.  “When I think of why the Clint Jones Nursing Award was developed, I think of Isaac’s extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment to our patients and the Elliot family,” stated Kostansek.  “Isaac is an exemplary nurse who continues to give and go above and beyond for his patients and his colleagues, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have him at our patients’ bedside.”

As they have every year, Clint’s family, represented by his wife, Leslie and son, Matt, attended the ceremony held at Elliot Hospital to present the award to Hirschfeld. 

“It’s always humbling to recognize nurses throughout the state for their commitment to delivering compassionate care to those when they need it most,” stated Clint Jones’ son, Matt Jones.   “We congratulate Isaac on receiving this award, but more importantly we thank him for his tireless commitment to his patients and their families.”


Pictured below:  Sharon Kostansek, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager, Elliot Hospital; Leslie Jones; Isaac Hirschfeld, RN, 2018 Clint Jones recipient; Matthew Jones; Peter Ames, Executive Director, Foundation for Healthy Communities; Martha Leighton, Chief Nursing Officer, Elliot Hospital.


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