PA James Grepling is recognized as the inaugural PA-Patient Hero of the Year. 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.
Grepling practices in Glendale, Ariz., 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.
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.
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.”
Patients can send a story about a physician assistant whose care they consider above and beyond by writing to Health Monitor Network or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.