Julie Stupi MSPAS ’16 receives University Hospitals President’s Award


Alumna Julie Stupi, second from leftFor nearly two years, physician assistant alumna Julie Stupi MSPAS ’16 has provided outstanding care and compassion to patients of University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center.

UH recently recognized her leadership with the President’s Award, given to three senior staff members who surpass their duties.

After completing her emergency medicine rotation at UH Geauga, Stupi joined the staff as a physician assistant. One cardiologist called her “one of the best new PAs that I have ever worked with in my career.”

Her official nomination states, “She exemplifies teamwork, compassion and excellence in patient care, is always willing to help when needed, and goes above and beyond on a daily basis to achieve the best outcomes for her department and the patients.”

Stupi collaborates daily with staff in UH Geauga’s observation unit and Orthopaedic Center, 1 South, to work on discharging observation patients in 24 hours or less. Her effective work with doctors, patients and family members facilitates smooth transition of care.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award and blessed to be among amazing colleagues who have been named as recipients before me. President’s Award winners are recognized for going ‘above and beyond on a daily basis,’” Stupi said. “Going above and beyond is the standard of care instilled in Lake Erie College PA program graduates.”

The nomination also remarked upon her positive attitude, dedication to patient care, pride in her work and communication excellence. She has been recognized at numerous committee and Pillar meetings for prioritizing patients and communicating their plan of care. Beyond working hours, she has shared information at community health fairs and volunteered at the local maple festival.

As an LEC student, she competed in the 25th Annual National Medical Challenge Bowl in San Francisco. Her team, part of the MSPAS program’s first cohort, advanced to the quarterfinals.

Stupi remarked, “My LEC PA education prepared me through rigorous problem-based medical training, both in the classroom and at clinical rotation sites. Professors at LEC demand excellence and provide abundant support to ensure their students become exceptional PAs.”

Prior to joining the program, Stupi earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from John Carroll University. She volunteered in the UH Geauga emergency department and served as a patient care nursing assistant at Cleveland Clinic, a research assistant at The Holden Arboretum and an adjunct professor of biology at Lakeland Community College.

Apart from her medical career, Stupi swims on the Ohio Masters Swim Team and is training for her first individual four-stroke medley in the fall.

Her supervisor Dr. Donald DeCarlo, CMO and COO of UH Geauga, said, “We are truly blessed to have someone of Julie’s caliber working at Geauga. She is well respected and highly regarded by the staff and patients. She has been a tremendous addition to our Geauga team.”

We proudly congratulate alumna Julie Stupi for receiving this incredible honor and showcasing the caliber of our physician assistant graduates.

Photo: Alumna Julie Stupi, second from left

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