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Published on March 31, 2022

Rutland Regional Announces 2021 Physician and NP/PA of the Year 

RUTLAND, VT – After a COVID-19 pandemic-induced delay, Rutland Regional Medical Center is happy to announce the winners of their annual Providers Awards for 2021. The winners, representing a Physician or Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or other Advanced Practice Provider are recognized for their contributions to the greater Rutland community, staff, and patients. These individuals represent the highest ideals in health care. Similar to 2020, Rutland Regional has expanded these awards to include two Rutland Community Primary Care Providers.

Winners - Rutland Regional Providers:
Trent Shelton, DO
Leah Skypeck, PA-C

Winners - Rutland Community Providers:
Lisa Hogenkamp, MD
Amy Pfenning, PNP

Following a robust nominating process, the criteria used to select the awardees included the respect among peers, clinical excellence, professional credibility, involvement in public service and the community, and the demonstration of the vision and values of Rutland Regional Health Services.

About our Winners

Dr. Trent SheltonTrent Shelton, DO, the Rutland Regional Physician of the Year, is an Interventional Radiologist at Rutland Regional. Dr. Shelton joined Rutland Regional Medical Center in 2017 as an Interventional Radiologist with Rutland Radiologists. He also serves as the Section Chief of the Section of Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Shelton received a Bachelor’s in Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and received his Medical Degree at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. His Internship in General Surgery/Internal Medicine was at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO. He completed his Residency in Diagnostic Radiology and Fellowship in Vascular & Interventional Radiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.

Recognized by his peers as passionate, thorough, friendly, and welcoming, his nomination form highlighted Dr. Shelton’s patient dedication. “He consistently fosters a calm and informative environment. Dr. Shelton is extremely approachable, and patients are always treated with respect. Dr. Shelton has been known to come in on his days off if needed as well. His practice exemplifies how a practice should be by caring, educating, and respecting patients as well.”

Leah Skypeck, PA-CLeah Skypeck, PA-C, the Rutland Regional NP/PA of the Year, is a Critical Care Physician Assistant who joined Rutland Regional in 2018. In addition to being the Lead Advance Practice Provider for the ICU, Leah attended a Leadership course through the Vermont Medical Society. Leah received her Bachelor’s in English Literature from Dartmouth College in Lebanon, NH, attended Pre-Med courses at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, and received a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. She completed a Critical Care Medicine Internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She is Certified by National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Leah was recognized for her leadership, clinical skills, and collegiality with special praise for her high standards, guidance, and integrity. “Leah has done an exceptional job leading the Critical Care night coverage for Advanced Practice Providers. She possesses superior clinical and procedural skills, is thoughtful, and detail oriented. She has great bedside manner and always acts in the best interest of her patients. She interfaces with the hospital staff and other medical services on a friendly and collegial basis. She has been a tremendous asset to the Critical Care services and our patients and their families. She has made Vermont her home and is active in her community.

Dr. Lisa HogenkampLisa Hogenkamp, MD, the Rutland Community Physician of the Year, joined Rutland Regional Medical Center in 1997 as a Family Medicine Physician with Rutland Regional Physicians Group. Dr. Hogenkamp received a Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She received her Medical Degree at State University of New York in Syracuse, NY. Followed by a Residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY. She is Board Certified with the American Board of Family Medicine.

The nomination of Dr. Hogenkamp called out her likeability as a physician and a colleague highlighting her generous, caring, and loyal character. “Lisa volunteered her time and energy when we mobilized the setup of a field hospital in the Spartan arena. She has maintained a high-quality primary care practice and I feel we should formally recognize that private Physicians are still an appreciated and important part of our community’s health care system. She has great clinical skills and is well liked and appreciated by her patients and colleagues.

Amy Pfenning, NPAmy Pfenning, PNP, the Rutland Community NP/PA of the Year, joined the Rutland Regional Medical Center community in 1995 as a Registered Nurse on the Women’s and Children’s Unit and joined the Medical Staff in 2018 as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Community Health Pediatrics. Amy received an Associate’s in Nursing from Castleton State College in Castleton, VT and a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. She completed her Master’s in Nursing, majoring in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. Amy is Board Certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Amy was recognized for her patience, diligence and willingness to teach as well as for her hard working nature and relationship with her patients. “Amy Pfenning always goes above and beyond for her patients; she takes her time with every patient and is thorough. I have seen firsthand how much Amy loves her job. She takes a lot of pride in what she does. Amy cares about every patient and will do anything she can for them. Amy is such an extraordinary NP! We are so lucky to have her be part of Rutland Regional. Amy is also one heck of a role model for anyone to look up to.

We look forward to celebrating and honoring these awardees, as well as all nominees, at a special event in June,” said Philip Lapp, MD, Medical Staff President at Rutland Regional Medical Center. “These winners stood out as exemplifying all of the values we aspire to as providers by consistently demonstrating the highest levels of compassion, care and clinical judgement.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.

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