Local physician assistant honored

Brenda K. Balthazor was recently named Physician Assistant of the Year by the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants. Balthazor is a physician assistant with the Aspirus Health System and practices at the Aspirus Birnamwood Clinic.

Balthazor was one of six finalists from a field of hundreds of physician assistants across the state.

“I was thrilled to hear that Brenda was the recipient,” said Andy Barth, CEO of Aspirus Langlade Hospital. “She brings a deep commitment to our mission of healing, promoting health and strengthening our communities.”

The annual award honors a physician assistant who, among other criteria, demonstrates excellence in service to patients and exhibits involvement in the community.

“Brenda is invested in every one of her patients and applies herself wholeheartedly to their care,” said Lynne Moegenburg, director of Aspirus Clinics. “With the challenges facing rural health care, Brenda does not let these obstacles get in the way of her dedication to the betterment and long-lasting health of the patients she serves.”

Earlier this year, Balthazor was also designated as a distinguished fellow from the American Academy of Physician Assistants.