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Advanced Practice Provider Excellence Awards

Nine awards are presented annually to UPMC Advanced Practice Providers and a Physician Advanced Practice Provider Champion to recognize outstanding achievements.

UPMC Advanced Practice Provider of the Year Award

This award recognizes an outstanding APP whose work and clinical practice demonstrates the highest commitment in supporting the vision, mission, and goals of UPMC. This is awarded to an APP who exhibits exemplary performance as a role model, mentor, interprofessional collaborator, and relationship builder across the spectrum of health care delivery.

2021 Winner:

Alexandrea Bartow, MBA, MSN, ACNP-BC, CSSGB
Senior Manager of Clinical Documentation Improvement
UPMC Corporate Quality Wolff Center

UPMC Advanced Practice Provider Rising Star Award

This award recognizes an exceptional early-career APP whose actions and activities consistently exemplify enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism, and leadership. This APP is establishing a career trajectory towards excellence in practice as demonstrated in their leadership, service, education, and performance.

2021 Winner:

Ashley Wills DNP, FNP-C
Palliative Care, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

UPMC Physician Advanced Practice Provider Champion of the Year Award

This award is given to a physician who has been nominated by an APP for demonstrating exemplary support for APP practice, education, collaboration, interprofessional inclusion, and professional development.

2021 Winner:

Stanley M. Marks, MD
Chairman, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Chief Division of Hematology Oncology, UPMC Shadyside

UPMC Advanced Practice Provider Community Service Champion of the Year Award

This award recognizes an APP who demonstrates a dedication to the community by addressing the unmet care needs of disadvantaged populations that are related but not limited to health disparities, homelessness, social supports, food insecurity, poverty, and equity of care. Through their exemplary service, they help provide care and service that addresses the health, wellness, and access to high quality care needs of all populations.

2021 Winner:

Evelyn Ouellette DNP, FNP-C
Family Practice, Great Lakes Physician Practice
Salamanca, NY

Clinical Ladder Project Ladder Project of the Year:

The OAPP Clinical Ladder Governing Council reviewed the professional contributions that were submitted as a part of the promotion process to identify an outstanding project among the projects that were completed this year that stood out as in its methodology, technique, and patient care impact. For 2021, 200 projects had been submitted for promotion, of those 16 were considered for the award.

2021 Winner:

Maura Lyle, PA-C
Emergency Medicine
Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC

Preceptor Academy Preceptor of the Year Awards:

UPMC hosts over 1100 APP clinical rotations across our system. Every year, the Preceptor Academy awards the Preceptor of the Year Awards in all of the APP professions to recognize excellence in clinical education.

2021 Winners:

Sandra Blaser, CNM
Womencare Associates East Group, Magee-Womens Hospital

Yukiko Giho, CRNP
Adolescent Medicine- UPMC Children’s Hospital

Michael Jordan, MSN, CRNA
Trauma/Transplant Anesthesia Services, UPMC Presbyterian

Holly Thomas- PA-C
Pediatric Infectious Disease, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh