Bellin’s Kulbacki named physician assistant of the year

GREEN BAY – Lindsey Kulbacki, a physician assistant at Bellin Health, was one of two people recognized recently by the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants as physician assistants of the year.

Kulbacki, a physician assistant at Bellin’s women’s health clinic, known as Generations, and the health system’s gynecologic oncology team, was honored by the academy for her contribution to offering patients “high quality and cost-effective health care.”

The Physician Assistant of the Year award annually honors an outstanding physician assistant who demonstrates excellence in service to patients and the community, promotes awareness of the physician assistant’s role in healthcare to the general public, and bolsters workforce development by educating potential future physician assistants.

Kulbacki, according to her nomination papers, was nominated for her drive, motivation and attention to detail. She was instrumental in developing Bellin’s first department of gynecologic oncology and trained to assist with radical pelvic cancer surgeries. Behind the scenes, she assisted with the creation of processes for documentation of consultations for gynecologic cancer patients and developed one of Wisconsin’s first survivorship programs for gynecologic oncology.

The co-honoree was Sarah Misustin of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

“We are thrilled to honor both Lindsey and Sarah with the 2014 Physician Assistant of the Year Award,” said Jean Fischer, chair of the selection committee. “We received nearly 20 outstanding nominations this year, and after a difficult time narrowing the field, we selected these two extremely deserving individuals for the honor.”

Physician assistants play an increasingly critical role on the team of healthcare workers providing patient care. They are medically trained and licensed to provide high quality healthcare, treat illnesses, plan prevention strategies, and write prescriptions. They practice medicine as part of a physician-directed medical team.