Madeline Denlinger, BSN, MPA, RN, a nurse at Hunterdon Healthcares Center for Advanced Weight Loss, Clinton Township, N.J., has received the Inspire Award by OPTIFAST.
The award is presented to healthcare practitioners who show passion and are dedicated to their patients who are losing weight and maintaining healthy lifestyles, according to a news release. Patients and colleagues nominated Denlinger, who was one of three winners chosen in the U.S.
The OPTIFAST program has not only helped change the lives of many or our [patients], but has created an opportunity for me to find true joy in my own life and career, Denlinger said in the release.
Denlinger said she can attest to the program via her own weight loss journey, which began in late adolescence, the release said. In this way, she serves as a role model of the lifestyle needed to maintain weight loss.
One of the most endearing qualities Madeline possesses is the ability to get patients to open up about their feelings related to food, Rosemary Logue, clinical dietitian, Center for Advanced Weight Loss, said in the release. Many times I have seen a patient break down in tears, and Madeline is able to comfort them, letting them know they are not alone, that this is a safe place to share all emotions related to the struggle of their weight management journey. It is not every day you meet a person who loves what they do. Madeline will often close the office and say, We made a difference today. That is what being a passionate professional is all about, and she truly makes a difference.