An emergency room physician assistant at Tomah Memorial Hospital is among a select group of health care professionals in Wisconsin recognized for making a significant contribution to rural health and the local community. The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative has presented its’ Rural Health Ambassador Award to Jerry Fushianes. Cooperative Member Relations and Business Development Director Dave Johnson said Fushianes was one of 15 people across the state that has gone ‘above the call of duty in promoting their organization, while making significant contributions to rural health care’. “A lot of people are feeling frustrated or stressed in the different things that are happening in both at the state level and the federal level,” said Johnson. “It’s nice to see employees that are members of hospitals sort of putting that aside and remembering the reason that they are here and that is to provide excellent care to the patients in places like Tomah.” In addition to taking care of patients in the emergency room at Tomah Memorial, Fushianes is an active volunteer at the Saint Clare Health Mission in Sparta, a volunteer disaster planner for the Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness program, and has served as a clinical preceptor for college physician assistant programs in Wisconsin and Iowa.  He is also a past member of the Tomah School Board. Fushianes received the award during a ceremony at Tomah Memorial as part of the hospital’s recognition of national hospital week.