Mark Stonerock receives Excellence in Healthcare Award for UPHS – Marquette

MARQUETTE — Mark Stonerock, Certified Athletic Trainer at UP Health System — Marquette and Outreach Coordinator for the UPHS Sports Medicine Program, received the Excellence in Healthcare Award from UPHS.

Stonerock has been instrumental in coordinating and delivering care to local athletes and those seeking UPHS rehabilitation services.

“Mark spends countless hours in the community serving student-athletes at various athletic events through all the seasons,” said Victor Harrington, UPHS — Marquette’s Regional Director of Marketing and Business Development. “The thing that’s most impressive about Mark is just his ability to build relationships with people and make everyone feel comfortable going to him with ailments or injuries. Not only do players respond very well to Mark, but the coaching staffs respect him tremendously. The parents also feel confident in Mark’s ability to treat their children and keep them safe.”

Mark has been instrumental in the development of the Great Lakes Sports Medicine & Life Performance Institute. The state-of-the-art 25,000 square-foot facility provides regional orthopedic and sports medicine services, a 24-hour gym offering medical fitness and wellness services, physical therapy and other rehab services.

“He was a big part of working with us to build a sports destination center, and he took a leadership role in it,” said Fran Finley, UPHS — Marquette Regional Vice President Physician Services. “A team met every week for almost a year to get that building up and running, and Mark was a big part of working with Northern Michigan University and our leaders at UP Rehab and Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery.”

Through his dedication to providing the best care across the UP, Mark has been an ambassador for UPHS’ mission of making communities healthier.

“Mark is really passionate about his profession,” Finley said. “He doesn’t stop or will think that he’s done enough; he’s not that kind of person. He will always be looking for that next opportunity. The sports destination center is a great example. He won’t stop there, but will look to grow it and see how else we can get out there and serve a need.”

This past fall, Mark was elected as the President-Elect of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society. He is currently serving two years as president-elect, followed by two years as president.

Mark’s responsibilities as president-elect will include serving on the executive committee, chair the finance committee, chair the nominations committee and act as president pro-tempore in the absence of the president.

Beginning in January of 2021, Mark will serve as acting president. His duties entail acting as chair/official spokesperson and voting member for the executive committee, retain full power to transact business on behalf of the society, call and run meetings of the state executive board and council, implement mandates and policies, appoint and evaluate committee and subcommittee chairs and submit the annual state budget.

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