Pamela Parker, who works for the Student Health Center as a medical assistant at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, has been named the recipient of the July 2019 STAR Award.
She was nominated by Sarah Anderson, office manager of the Student Health Center.
“Pam went above and beyond her role as medical assistant when she accepted an opportunity to fulfill the duties of laboratory manager beginning in May 2018, when the position was vacated due to retirement. A permanent successor was hired to begin work in late August, however coverage was needed through the summer months and Pam stepped up to the plate to continue moving the lab forward through this interim period, which included a complete laboratory renovation. Pam oversaw laboratory operations during the summer months in addition to continuing her work as medical assistant. She successfully managed supply inventory, sample collection, opening and closing duties, managing the IT interface between our electronic medical record system and laboratory vendor, reconciling laboratory invoices, organizing the relocation of the laboratory due to the renovation and other daily needs.
“Additionally, beginning in September 2018, Pam took on the added responsibility of managing the health advocate supply fulfillment system for the Student Health Center. During the fall 2018 semester, Pam worked closely with UWO Health Promotion Coordinator Juliana Kahrs and all health advocates to ensure health advocate supplies were consistently stocked and available to the UWO student body as needed. Kahrs noted that Pam was good at going with the flow and being flexible as needs changed on a daily basis.
“Pam has been an integral member of the Student Health Center staff since she began her employment with us in March 2016. Over the past two and a half years, Pam has proven herself to be both knowledgeable and resourceful in her role as medical assistant. She is passionate about healthcare and infection prevention, and is a great asset to our department. Pam’s dedication to Student Health and the UW Oshkosh, combined with her attention to detail, keen sense of humor and willingness to go the extra mile, make her a worthy candidate for the STAR award.”