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James Grepling Receives Inaugural PA-Patient Hero of the Year Award
James Grepling, PA-C, received the first-ever PA-Patient Hero of the Year award at during the American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual PA Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The award, presented in partnership by AAPA and Health Monitor Network, recognizes exemplary service to patient care and the community and the contributions of remarkable people within the profession.
Nominations for this award are solicited from patients around the country. Six PAs are profiled throughout the year in Health Monitor patient-education magazines based on the compelling letters their patients write about them. From the six, one is selected “Health Monitor PA-Patient Hero of the Year.”
Grepling practices in Glendale, Arizona, with Kenneth R. Smith, DO, PC, and has been a PA in Arizona for 31 years. Patients in the Glendale community nominated Grepling for the award because of his dedication to their health and well-being.
“Jim has been taking care of my health issues for the past seven years, and he is the best person I have ever met in the medical field,” said Kelly Townsend, the patient who nominated Grepling. “Throughout the years, being diabetic and having hypertension, I have encountered numerous health providers like doctors, PAs, and nurses and I have never met anyone as caring, loving, thorough and professional as Jim. I would just like to say thank you, Jim Grepling, you are one in a million.”
During his career, Grepling has served as a proctor for numerous medical and PA students after graduating from Western Michigan University’s PA program in 1981. He is a distinguished fellow member of both the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants. He also served an assignment in Central America as a Chief Warrant Officer in the Arizona Army National Guard, as well as receiving his All Terrain Lifter, Army System (ATLAS) training at Fort Sam in San Antonio, Texas.
Patients can send a story about a physician assistant whose care they consider above and beyond by writing to Health Monitor Network.
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