OMAHA, Neb.— Alegent Health employees S George Sojka, M.D. and Cheryl Lindly, PAC, are being recognized for their outstanding service in health care by receiving the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistant’s (NAPA) highest awards. NAPA has honored Dr. Sojka with the Nebraska Physician of the Year and Lindly has received the Physician Assistant of the Year at the 32nd NAPA Spring CME Conference in Kearney, Neb.
“Dr. S George Sojka and Cheryl Lindly are exemplary in their service to patients, are committed to professional education and have outstanding rapport with peers, colleagues, patients and support staff to provide excellent accessible health care,” said Karen Schrader, MPAS, PAC and president of NAPA. “We commend them for their outstanding achievement.”
Dr. Sojka obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba in Manitoba, Canada and graduated from medical school in 1983 from the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada. Upon completion of his cardiology fellowship in 1989, Dr. Sojka joined the Alegent Health family where he continues to practice cardiology. He is the medical director of the Cardiovascular Care Line, Cardiac Rehab and is the co-medical director of the Cardiac Care Unit. He has also served as a preceptor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for more than 17 years and works closely with PA’s from Missouri Valley, Iowa to Omaha, Neb. On top of his excellent clinical care, Dr. Sojka believes in giving back to community through education as he serves as the Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy at Creighton University Medical Center.
Lindly received her undergraduate education from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. and went to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Neb. to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in the Physician Assistant Program. Upon graduation in 1991, she began working for the Alegent Health Family Care Clinics and continues there today. She is a long-time member of NAPA and is a great example of leadership, positive energy and quality care. Beyond excellence in patient care, Lindly has an extensive background in education and supports student professional development including launching a campaign to increase Physician Assistant jobs and utilization to increase patient access to care through adoption of more flexible site and supervisory standards for Physician Assistants throughout the state.
The Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants (NAPA) was established in 1975 as a service organization to represent the professional interests of Physician Assistants and students in the state. NAPA’s main objective is to enhance quality medical care to the people of Nebraska through a process of continuing education to the public and membership of NAPA. It also seeks to render loyal and faithful service to the medical profession and to the public, to develop and enforce continuing education programs for the Physician Assistant and education of professional and lay people and to promote similar interest in the professional student societies. Currently there are more than 500 NAPA members.