MARCH 11, 2010

Hal Joseph named top PA in the country

    Hal Joseph, PA, CDE, was recently named the top Physician Assistant in the US in the category, Service to the Underserved. The American Academy of Physician Assistants based in Alexandria, Virginia will present the 2010 PAragon award at their national convention in Atlanta on May 31.

     A videography crew will be arriving some time in March to film Joseph at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics where he has worked since 2003. The short documentary will be shown during the awards ceremony.

    “I am really flattered and honored to be chosen from amongst my peers for this award,” said Joseph, who is also a Certified Diabetes Educator. “I appreciate the support of my patients and my co-workers at CVHC. They continually challenge me to do my best. I am grateful to everyone who helped make this happen.”

    Over 72,000 Physician Assistants are licensed to practice in the US and over 44,000 are members of the AAPA. “When the past president called me about the award she told me there would be close to 5,000 PAs at the annual conference,” said Joseph. He will also be featured in the Academy’s magazine, PA Professional.

    “You join a remarkable group of physician assistants who have made noteworthy contributions to the PA profession, its communities and to the field of medicine in support of enhancing patient care,” said Julie Theriault, PA-C, Chair of the AAPA Awards Committee in her announcement letter.

    Five other PAs will receive awards in other categories. Joseph’s award “…honors a physician assistant who has provided accessible quality health care to the underserved in a rural community or an inner city setting of the United States.”

    Joseph sees Urgent Care patients and also counsels people with diabetes in the CVH Orofino clinic and their clinic in Kooskia. He has offered numerous public forums on Diabetes Management and was instrumental in earmarking the annual CVHC Wine Tasting funds for scholarships for pediatric diabetes patients.

    He was diagnosed with diabetes at age 12. Joseph also serves as a principle investigator for numerous studies testing technology related to glucose monitoring. He received his PA degree from the Public Health Service PA program in New York in 1979. His PA training was designed to train graduates to serve low income and underserved populations.