National Mentoring Award for St. Luke’s Physician Assistant

For the second time in three years, a St. Luke’s University Health Network physician assistant has won the nation’s top honor for mentoring PAs in training.

Kenneth D. Sherry, PA-C, has been named the 2018 Preceptor of the Year by the American Academy of PAs and the Physician Assistant Education Association.

Sherry has been a PA preceptor, or mentor, for more than 30 years. In 2012, with the guidance of Sherry, St. Luke’s Miners started its first PA student preceptor program. Sherry now oversees the rotations of surgery and internal medicine students. Students can benefit from this small hospital learning by getting more hands-on experience.

Sherry told the American Academy of PAs, “A lot of times students get lost in the shuffle, but here they don’t have time to feel like we’re not interested in having them. We are here to help them.” Read more here: https://www.aapa.org/about/aapa-awards/aapa-announces-2018-award-recipients/

In 2016, Maureen Barrett, PA-C, who works with Sherry within the surgical division, was named Preceptor of the Year.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment,” St. Luke’s Advanced Practice Chairman Marisa Schwartz, DNP, CRNP, said of St. Luke’s Miners staff winning this prestigious national award two times in three years. “It’s an outstanding achievement that shows our dedication to mentoring the next generation of PAs.”

Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows.

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Media Contact:

Sam Kennedy, Corporate Communications Director, 484-526-4134, samuel.kennedy@sluhn.org

About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and over 300 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue of $1.9 billion, the Network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only health care system in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) repeatedly – six times total and four years in a row including 2018.  It has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program.  Utilizing the EPIC electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.