It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that October 6th - October 12th, 2012 as official Physician Assistant Week in San Clemente, California where Medelita is located. At a meeting with San Clemente's Mayor Jim Evert and the San Clemente City Council, Lara Francisco, PA-C and Founder of Medelita said in a speech to commemorate the occasion, “It’s an honor to promote the PA profession, and National PA Week is an important time to recognize the critical role of PAs working in all medical and surgical specialties." Mayor Jim Evert, whose own daughter works in medicine, emphasized the importance of PAs in the city's numerous public and private healthcare offices and facilities. He also commended the work of Lara Francisco, PA-C who founded a steadily growing business built and currently operating out of one of San Clemente's burgeoning office and commercial centers that caters directly towards increasing the quality of professional life for her colleagues in the PA profession. Lara was presented a plaque (pictured) that states the following:
WHEREAS: Quality, affordable and accessible patient-centered health care, provided by skilled practitioners, contributes to the well-being and quality of life for all citizens of our community; and
WHEREAS: Physician Assistants (PAs) are academically and clinically, trained and licensed to provide patient-centered health care services in partnership with physicians, including examinations, diagnosis, treatment, therapy, and preventive healthcare services, in addition to prescribing medications; and
WHEREAS: Physician Assistants are valuable assets to the medical community, as they work with physicians to expand access to the delivery of high-quality health care for patients, and do so with a level of care that research has shown to be comparable to the quality of care provided by physicians for similar services; and
WHEREAS: Physician Assistants have earned the respect and appreciation of the general public for their skill, dedication and contribution to people’s lives, working in partnership with the health care team to ensure delivery of efficient and effective health care services at a time when the nation is experiencing a shortage of primary care doctors and an aging population has increased the demand for health care services;
THEREFORE, I, JIM EVERT, Mayor of the City of San Clemente, California, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the City of San Clemente, California, do hereby proclaim the Week of October 6th through October 12th, 2012, as PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT WEEK IN SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA throughout the city, and I urge my fellow citizens to join me in recognizing PAs for the significant impact they have made and continue to make as critical members of our health care teams.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of San Clemente, California to be affixed this 6th day of October, 2012.
Jim Evert, Mayor