ST. JOSEPH HEALTH SYSTEM IS COMMITTED BY MISSION TO PROVIDE OUR COMMUNITY WITH ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE. OUR ADVANCED PRACTICE CLINICIANS (APCS) HELP US ACCOMPLISH THAT.
“When you see one of our advanced practice clinicians, whether a physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse, you are receiving care from a masters’ prepared individual who is board certified,” said Kimberly H. Oas, A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., director of advanced practice with St. Joseph Health System. “You will most frequently find them in family practice or urgent or express care, but they also work in specialty areas such as neurology, neonatal care and the emergency department.”
St. Joseph currently employs 37 APCs and plans to expand that number. St. Joseph APCs are active in keeping patients at their highest level of health, working in area nursing homes, coordinating medical home visits geared toward preventing patient readmission and running our heart failure clinic. Often, APCs will work later hours and weekends in order to offer extended access to quality care. They are also able to spend more time with patients to offer education and counseling on the management of chronic diseases.
“Our advanced practice clinicians are available to the patient when the physician can’t be. Our model of care delivery at St. Joseph is collaborative, because the reality is that it takes a team,” said Oas.
EXPANDING CARE IN THE COMMUNITY
The APCs employed by St. Joseph Health System are an integral part of our 22 rural health clinics, and feedback from patients has been consistently positive. Patients know they’re seeing someone who has the physician’s support accessible and available if necessary but who is capable of providing the care they need independently whenever possible. “The more resources we have at hand, the better our patient outcomes,” Kimberly said. “Our APCs don’t replace physicians. They extend the reach and the access of our care teams, so we can meet the needs of our population here in the Brazos Valley.”
“Our advanced practice clinicians are available to the patient when the physician can’t be. Our model of care delivery at St. Joseph is collaborative, because the reality is that it takes a team,” Kimberly H. Oas, A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., director of advanced practice with St. Joseph.
For more information on the variety of practitioners offered through St. Joseph Health System, visit http://www.st-joseph.org.