College honors distinguished alumni of the year
At University of Detroit Mercy’s annual Honors Convocation, April 3, the College of Health Professions recognized five distinguished alumni for their outstanding demonstration of excellence in their fields. These Health Professions graduates have committed their time not only to serving those in their professional community, but those in their personal community as well.
The following recipients of the 2005 College of Health Professions Alumni of the Year Awards are:
- Jeanette Wrona Klemczak — Nursing ’65
In September 2004, Klemczak began her new role as Michigan’s chief nursing executive. In this position, she utilizes her professional nursing leadership and expertise in response to nurse workforce issues and health policy development. She plays a critical part in meeting the health care needs of Michigan citizens as she addresses the nursing shortage and its impact on patient safety, quality of health care, and emerging technologies. During her 30-year career in nursing, Klemczak has held numerous leadership positions in the City of Detroit, Wayne County Health Department and the former Michigan Department of Public Health. Prior to her current job, she served as the director of Faculty Practice and assistant professor at the Michigan State University College of Nursing. She serves on numerous boards and advisory councils related to health care and has received many awards of professional recognition. Klemczak was honored with the College of Health Professions’ alumni award for her career-long contribution to nursing practice and health policy.
- Cvetana Cindy Pavlovich — Health Services
A corporate administrator at the United Physician Organization, Pavlovich has demonstrated visionary leadership in implementing innovative approaches to health care delivery for more than 25 years. She has provided a strong business perspective to assist the health care team in improving the quality of health care. Pavlovich has shown her commitment to professional development through mentoring individuals and supporting internship experiences. She also volunteers for Hospice, the American Heart Association and other organizations, as well as serves her church as Board vice president and choir member. Pavlovich was recognized for serving as a role model to colleagues and for implementing innovative approaches to health care delivery.
- Frank Nysowy — Physician Assistant ’82
Nysowy is currently employed as a physician assistant with the 27 attending physician orthopedic surgery service at William Beaumont Hospital. As a PA for 23 years, he has been a strong role model for colleagues and students. He has worked closely with students and has been a valuable mentor, pushing them to excellence. During his career, he has also been a resource in the development of programs and policies, and treatment options and procedures. He willingly shares his knowledge and experience with colleagues and co-workers. Nysowy was honored for his commitment to the Physician Assistant Program through leading by example and his mentoring of future PAs.
- Elaine Wynter — Nurse Anesthesia ’95
Wynter works primarily as a clinician and clinical instructor at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Hospitals. Nurse anesthesia students regard her as one of their most valued clinical instructors. Prior to this position, Wynter was director of Anesthesia Services at Sinai-Grace Hospital. Her community outreach includes providing care to patients in Ethiopia during a recent volunteer mission trip. Wynter is honored with this award for her commitment to clinical excellence in mentoring nurse anesthesia students.
- Cynthia Ann Rutkowski — Allied Health ’72
With a degree in Dietetics from Mercy College of Detroit, Rutkowski is a major advocate for food and nutrition issues that impact the public health and the dietetics profession. She has actively served on various boards of the Michigan and American Dietetic Associations, and is one of a select group of dietitians recognized as a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. She continues her commitment to her field by teaching nutrition courses at Wayne County Community College and Michigan State University. She also volunteers with public health organizations and serves on the College of Health Professions Advisory Council. Rutkowski is recognized for this award due to her leadership and commitment to the field of nutrition.