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Rob Soans, PA-C, Receives OHSU Rural Service Award


Rob Soans, PA-C, with Tillamook Medical Group, is the recipient of this year’s Karen Whitaker Knapp Service Award. This award is presented annually by the faculty of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Physician Assistant Education Program in recognition of physician assistants whose clinical careers reflect a commitment to the rural and medically underserved of Oregon.

The award was presented on the campus of OHSU during a faculty luncheon on November 18, 2011.

Upon graduating as a member of OHSU’s inaugural Physician Assistant class in 1997 and becoming nationally certified, Soans began providing primary care services at The Rinehart Clinic in Wheeler, Oregon. From 2006 to 2008, he practiced at the Tillamook County Health Department, providing primary and family care services. In 2008, his practice moved to Bay Ocean Medical, PC, and then was with Tillamook Medical Group/Bay Ocean in 2010. Experienced in diagnosing and treating a range of family health and primary care issues, patients appreciate his friendly demeanor and holistic approach to their health care needs.

“We’re thrilled that Rob has been honored with this award,” stated Gina Seufert, RN, Tillamook Medical Group director. “His reputation for providing excellent medical care in our rural communities over the past 14 years is beyond comparison. We are blessed to have him as a member of our healthcare team.”

About the Award:
As Director of the Oregon Office of Rural Health, Ms. Whitaker Knapp was instrumental in establishing the OHSU Physician Assistant Program and in supporting physician assistant practice in the state. For 25 years she dedicated her professional life to the advocacy of quality healthcare for all Oregonians. This award was established in her honor upon her retirement in 2006.