A physician assistant who works at a small rural clinic in Bicknell has been selected National Rural Physician Assistant of the Year.

Elmo Taylor represented Utah in national competition after being selected the state's Rural Physician Assistant of the Year. He works at the Wayne County Medical Clinic and is on call virtually around the clock each day.Taylor has treated everything from minor health needs to acute problems and emergencies. His patients have included victims of chain saw accidents, heart attacks, drug overdoses and trauma, as well as those requiring amputations.

He works under the direction of Dr. Randy Rogers of Richfield, and said he couldn't have received the coveted award were it not for the staff at the clinic and the doctor. "I feel very honored," was his simple comment.

Those who have firsthand knowledge of Taylor's skills and accomplishments were more outspoken in their praise. They include Dr. George L. White at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Sevier Valley Hospital board member Nadine Brown, and Barbara Ekker of the Hanksville Emergency Medical Technicians.

"He is always pleasant and reassuring," Brown said. "He is professional in his approach, but personal in his genuine caring."