Outstanding Rural Healthcare Organization Award
Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Grand Valley State University chose War Memorial Hospital as the 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Rural Healthcare Organization Award. This award recognizes a healthcare organization that has made significant contributions to the healthcare of individuals in Northern Michigan, including preventative health and education, access to quality care and strong community support. “War Memorial has been an exceptional clinical partner for Grand Valley’s physician assistant studies students” said Jean Nagelkerk, GVSU Vice Provost for Health. “Practitioners, administrators, and staff have demonstrated a commitment to patient care, community service, and the education of health professional students” Nagelkerk added.
“We are honored to accept this award. This has been a challenging year for us and for everyone. Early in the pandemic we were saddened to not have the GVSU students on our campus, but we quickly rebounded and they were able to continue their education” said David Jahn, President & CEO of War Memorial Hospital. “We have a long standing partnership with Grand Valley. We greatly appreciate the Physician’s Assistant students for nominating us and Grand Valley for honoring us with this award” Jahn added.
War Memorial serves as a host-site for Physician’s Assistant students completing their clinical rotations. Over the past five years, 27 GVSU students have done their clinical rotation at War Memorial and 10 have been hired upon completion of their program.
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