RED WING, Minn. — In less than two weeks’ time, Stefanie Vette went from her day-to-day work as a physician assistant at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing to standing center stage in front of her peers across the state as recipient of the 2015 Physician Assistant of the Year award presented by the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA).
The award came as a surprise to Vette, who was not aware that she had been nominated. “I was shocked and in disbelief,” says Vette who received an email notifying her of the award and invitation to the annual award banquet held Mar. 13, 2015 in St. Louis Park, Minn.
Former colleague Missy Kluesner, also a physician assistant, nominated Vette for the award. “Stefanie is an excellent medical provider and is very deserving of this award,” says Kluesner. “She is very thorough with her patients and is also an advocate for the physician assistant program.”
Vette began her career as a physician assistant in 2004 following her graduation from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She was the sixth advanced practice practitioner hired at the medical center in Red Wing and also sees patients at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing in Ellsworth, Wis. In addition to her role as a physician assistant in family medicine and urgent care, she has mentored UW-La Crosse students participating in the physician assistant program. Vette serves on the Medical Executive Committee at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing and has initiated greater collaboration among nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians.
“Our physician assistants and nurse practitioners work as a team with our local physicians, other consultant physicians, clinical assistants and patient appointment coordinators to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes and patient experience,” says Tom Witt, M.D., and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. “Stefanie is an exceptional provider who collaborates well with her colleagues to provide high quality patient-centered care.”
Her supervising physician, David Bahl, M.D., credits Vette’s passion and dedication and says, “I have always been impressed with her astounding medical knowledge, eagerness to continue to learn and her excellent medical insight. This is coupled with an extraordinary compassionate and caring attitude. Her patients love her. Her peers love and respect her.”
“It’s an honor to be chosen for this award. I truly enjoy the people here and love connecting with patients and working with my colleagues,” says Vette.
Vette received the award from MAPA president Cindy Goetz at the awards luncheon. In addition to the award, a $250 charitable contribution is made to the donor’s choice. Vette says she chose the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of her cousin.
L-R, Cindy Goetz, MAPA president and Stefanie Vette, Physician Assistant.