hoskins1Samuel Hoskins, RPA-C, alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhysician Assistant Studies program, has received the 2017 Advanced Practice Clinician Award of Excellence from Bassett Healthcare Network. The award is given annually in recognition of service to the network’s patients, students, colleagues and community.

Hoskins was chosen from a group of eight finalists.

“I want to thank all the Advanced Practice Clinicians at BHC and say congratulations to the other nominees – I would encourage you to continue your excellent clinical practice and remain active and involved with the evolution of this institution,” said Hoskins who serves as chief physician assistant of Bassett Healthcare Network.

Hoskins and his wife Peg, who is also an alumna of the UAB PA program, joined Bassett Healthcare (BHC) in 1973 when the team had one PA, three certified registered nurse anesthetists, no nurse practitioners and no certified nurse midwifes. Today, BHC is home to 200 Advanced Practice Clinicians.

“This institution is a unique entity that is a wonderful community of caregivers and educators that has always supported and taught me to be a better clinician,” said Hoskins.

Hoskins with classmates at 50Samuel & Peg Hoskins (3rd & 4th from right) at the
UAB PA 50th Anniversary Celebration
Hoskins was a member of one of the first graduating classes of the UAB Physician Assistant Studies program having earned his physician assistant degree from UAB in 1973. The UAB PA program, the second oldest PA program in the United States, is currently ranked #19 in the nation by U.S. News & World Reports.

In his acceptance of the Award of Excellence, Hoskins made it a point to credit a former dean and chair at UAB, Tinsley R. Harrison, M.D., who is known among physicians as the founding editor and namesake of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.

“Dr. Harrison taught me that there is no greater opportunity or responsibility for a person than becoming a healthcare provider,” said Hoskins. “More than 40 years later I still live by his words and firmly believe that as healthcare providers we should all remember what a privilege we have to care for each individual patient.”