Jessica L. Puhak, daughter of William and Janet Puhak of Hermitage, graduated with high distinction as a Schreyers scholar from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, with a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration and a master’s degree in health administration.

The 2001 alumna of Hickory High School in Hermitage completed an undergraduate internship at Specialty Orthopaedics and a graduate residency at Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center.

Ms. Puhak’s honors thesis analyzed a specific federal organ donation regulation and its perceived impact on organ donation and allocation practices. She has accepted a position as an administrative resident at North Carolina Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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