Barbara Krugler - Iowa PA of the year 2011Barb Krugler

The 2011 Iowa PA of the Year award was announced at the IPAS Fall CME in Coralville. The recipient of this award, Barbara Krugler, was unable to attend the meeting but was applauded by her fellow PAs for her achievements.

Barb graduated with a BS from Iowa State and an MBA from Drake prior to attending DMU where she graduated with a BS in PA studies in 2001 and UNMC accomplishing a MPAS in 2011. She joined the National Guard in June of 2008. She is currently employed at the VA Central Iowa in the pain clinic with Dr. Fred Bahls as her supervising physician. She was previously employed by the Audubon Family Practice and DMOS, Health Emergency ER and at Broadlawns in the walk-in clinic and Internal Medicine clinics.

Barb believes in service and in giving back to her community and her country. She stated she had always wanted to serve in the military and decided that she would begin her service even though she was older than most who begin military careers. She hopes to serve until the military age restrictions prohibit continued service. Working with “some of the best young medics and treating some of the best America has in the way of soldiers” has been a driving force in her PA/Military service. She has had the opportunity to treat local Afghan children, soldiers and police while deployed. She noted they have many of the same illnesses that we do, but a weak medical system from which to

receive care. She enjoys working with the young soldiers as they “keep her young”.

Barb joined IPAS after graduating from DMACC. She believes that PAs should belong to our local PA society to support our local and state wide concerns. She served on the IPAS board for one term.

Barb has been married to her husband, Larry, for 22 years and has two children: Lizzy age 19 who attends ISA , and Ryan, 16 a Junior at ADM high school. Her family has been supportive of her PA and Reserve duties.

IPAS salutes Barb for her dedication to her work as a PA and service to our country. She exemplifies the role that our PA founders envisioned over 40 years ago. Thank you, Barb, for your caring and compassionate service.

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MorrisNancy Morris - Iowa PA of the Year 2010

Nancy Morris is a PA who has worked in Cedar Rapids for more than 25 years, and who has been a key player in achieving major PA legislative accomplishments as well as being an outstanding clinical PA. She pioneered PA practice in Cedar Rapids, one of the most challenging places in Iowa to become accepted as a PAs. Nancy is an outstanding PA clinician who did such a good job that she is well respected by the Cedar Rapids medical community and PAs are now accepted in that town.

Despite her busy clinical practice, teaching students, and raising a family, Nancy never failed to enthusiastically answer a succession of calls for help with PA legislation. By always responding with a can do attitude and asking what she could do to help, she provided timely and essential motivation to the rest of us to continue our efforts despite the seemingly impossible odds against our chances of success. Most importantly, she was especially adept at quickly understanding an issue and explaining it clearly to legislators. She hosted meetings at her home in Cedar Rapids with key legislators at critical times. These leaders included Speaker of the House, Ron Corbett, and Senate Majority Leader, Wally Horn, both of Cedar Rapids. By skillfully explaining the PA concept and the proposed legislative changes, she persuaded these legislative leaders to support crucial PA legislation. Because of this Iowa has one of the best PA laws in the nation. In Iowa PAs and supervising physicians regulate PAs, including PA supervision. PAs are now at the table when medical legislation is considered. Among many legislative accomplishments,

Nancy was instrumental in achieving the following legislative successes, even though each was mistakenly opposed by organized medicine in Iowa.

  • PA separate regulatory board - 1988 PA prescribing - 1991
  • PA third party reimbursement - 1996 PA licensing reform - 2003
  • PA rules reform - 2007
  • PA corporation membership - 2010

In addition to all her work on behalf of sensible legislation for PAs and our physicians, Nancy has been a life long member of the Iowa PA society - helping to provide the financial support essential to meeting our unique challenges in Iowa. Though her consistent efforts to achieve sensible PA regulation, Nancy has helped all of us do a better job of taking care of our patients. All of us owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude for her unfailing efforts to ensure Iowa PA laws allow the physician / PA team to use their skills for the benefit of our patients. The Iowa PA Society is proud to name Nancy Morris, 2010 PA of the Year!

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Ben_PardiniBenet Pardini - Iowa PA of the Year 2009

Tony Brenneman awarded Margaret Pardini with Ben Pardini’s PA of the Year Award.
“It is with both a sense of great pride and great sadness that I am able to present this year’s Physician Assistant Award. Benet Pardini, or as most of us knew him, Ben, was a wonderful human being as well as a great PA. His life was full and overflowing with family, teaching, and dedication to his patients and his life ended too soon on October 6, 2008, just a few days after this conference was held last year.

Ben grew up in the Chicagoland area where he attended Loyola University as a doctoral candidate. In 1983, he came to the University of Iowa as a Postdoctoral fellow studying Neural Control of Circulation and Central Autonomic Regulation of the Cardiovascular System. Ben was an outstanding researcher, winning research awards from the National Institute of Health, Loyola University, University of Iowa and the Shock Society. He could have spent an extremely productive career working with colleagues in the cardiovascular research center, but he grew increasingly interested in providing care to children with heart problems. So, 15 years after receiving his doctorate in physiology, he entered training as a PA and completed the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Iowa PA Program in 1998.

As a clinician, Ben quickly gained a stellar reputation for his competence and his bedside manner. He linked his research experience with his clinical skills through his participation in Clinical Trials from 1999-present. He was often found checking on his patients over the weekends, holidays, and nights when he wasn’t scheduled to cover those units. His office reflected those connections with drawings from his small patients on the walls or tucked on his desk. Always present in his office were pictures of his daughters, Emma and Ruth and his wife Margaret, for which he had great pride and love. He was always ready with a story of what was happening in their lives and he reveled in each of their accomplishments.
All of these accomplishments would be enough for many people, but for Ben, “enough” was only the beginning. Early on, he discovered the joys of teaching and committed himself fully to working with students across the college. His teaching assignments ranged from basic science classes to clinical teaching, and he taught many health science students in other colleges. He was consistently nominated for Teacher of the Year award within the Carver College of Medicine and in 2006 he was named faculty director of the Rubin Flocks LearningCommunity in the College. He also held joint faculty appointments as a clinical associate professor of Pediatrics and in Physiology and Biophysics.
Outside of the University, he served as a member of the Solon Community School Board, and demonstrated a passion and desire for education at every age and level. He was elected to the Iowa Physician Assistant Board of Directors in 2007 and was serving as Immediate Past President at the time of his passing. He was instrumental in moving IPAS forward in building our relationship with the Iowa Medical Society and for spearheading the new website. He was excited and determined as a PA and always made sure everyone was aware of his profession.

Ben had a gregarious, outgoing, and infectious personality. You always wanted to be the best that you could be when you were around him. He loved the outdoors and was always planning the next trip that Margaret, Emma and Ruth would be taking with him. He was interested in photography, sailing, beekeeping and many other activities, but his first priority was always to the women in his life and to his patients. I personally miss him very much and valued our discussions on an always widening number of topics. He was truly an inspiring person which one never forgets, even after a very brief meeting.
I am very proud to award Ben Pardini the Physician Assistant of the Year.”

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