Physician Assistant students receive new attire at White Coat ceremony


Our physician assistant students just slipped into something a little more professional.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, the Lake Erie College Physician Assistant Program’s third White Coat ceremony inducted 24 physician assistant students from the class of 2018 into the clinical phase of their education. In this phase, students will apply textbook training to real patient treatment.

M. Steven Jones, MSW, president of University Hospitals Eastern Region Community Hospitals, delivered this year’s keynote address.

For over 30 years, Jones has built a diverse professional career. A broadly-experienced healthcare community leader, Jones currently supervises UH Ahuja, Bedford, Conneaut, Geauga, Geneva, Portage and Richmond medical centers, as well as several health centers in the region. In 2015, Becker’s Hospital Review named him one of their 50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know.

In 2006, Jones, a Los Angeles native, left his directorship of the surgery service line at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to take on leadership roles in Ohio. He served as vice president and COO of UH Geauga Medical Center, president of UH Geauga and president of UH Portage Medical Center. In his position, Jones led UH Geauga to national recognition. He oversaw the expansion of the UH Seidman Cancer Center to Geauga and the attainment of Level III trauma center status, as well as the region’s pioneering hospital-based medical stabilization program for substance addiction. 

In addition, Jones has served as a board member of various organizations, including United Way of Geauga County, Leadership Geauga, and the Ohio State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services (EMFTS).

The White Coat Ceremony took place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Helen Rockwell Morley Memorial Music Building on the Lake Erie College campus. For more information about the ceremony and the Lake Erie College Physician Assistant Program, contact Program Assistant Kelly Florentine at

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