April 21, 2005

The Positive Attitude Toward Changing Habits (PATCH) program received a 2004 Innovations in Health Care Award.

The award was presented to Patti Pagels, PA-C, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, for the PATCH group. The award is given jointly by the national Physician Assistant Foundation, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals to recognize physician assistants who develop innovations in clinical practice and in PA educational programs. Pagels will receive the award at the AAPA conference in Florida this May. The award includes a $5,000 grant to continue the PATCH program.

The PATCH program was created to help people quit smoking through nicotine patches, exercise and behavior modification over a three-month period. The program was established four years ago by Pagels, Doug Mains, DrPH, assistant professor of health management and policy; Claudia Coggin, PhD, MS, CHES, assistant professor in the School of Public Health and public health practice coordinator; Clifton Cage, DO, assistant professor of family medicine; and Stephen Baum, MPH. Dr. Coggin currently serves at primary investigator for the PATCH program.

â??Itâ??s been a very positive program,â? Dr. Coggin said. â??Quitting smoking takes many attempts, and most people are not successful the first time they attempt, which is why we offer a supportive environment with this program.â?

The additional funding from the Innovations in Health Care Award will allow the program to continue for about two more years, Pagels said.

Pagels has been with the health science center since 1996 and currently serves as clinical education coordinator for PA studies and as a PA for the department of pediatrics. She earned her masterâ??s degree in PA studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is also a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern medical center at Dallas where she earned a bachelor of science in PA studies and the University of Texas at El Paso where she earned a bachelor of arts in anthropology.

Pagels resides in Colleyville.


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail

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