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The Community is invited to a free lunch and learn presentation and discussion panel featuring advanced practice providers

Community news | Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Contact: Jim Cannon

One of the goals of Powell Valley healthcare's community health improvement plan is to increase awareness of the physician assistants' and nurse practitioners' role in primary care and patient access. As part of this effort, Powell Valley Healthcare is hosting a lunch and learn presentation and discussion panel to provide education on this topic. The presentation, featuring advanced practice providers from PVHC and Heritage Health, will take place on Thursday, April 6 in the hospital conference room beginning at noon. The event includes a free lunch. "The objective of this presentation is to help our community better understand the different types of health care services our advanced practice staff provide, their scope of practice, and the specialized training they have completed." said Mike Gilmore, vice president of physician services. "We are fortunate to have the great group of advanced practice providers that we have in our community," said Gilmore. To register for the free lunch and learn presentation, go to or call 307.754.1104.

Advanced practice providers are highly knowledgeable and serve as an integral part of the development and implementation of patients' personalized treatment plans. They work in every medical specialty serving as integral members of health care teams all across the nation. Today there are nearly 205,000 practicing advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in our country, and 739 in the state of Wyoming. There are also 104,000 physician assistants (PAs) in the U.S., and close to 400 in Wyoming.

Here in Powell, advanced practice providers serve the community's health care needs in the specialties of primary care, women's health, obstetrics, urgent care, anesthesia, imaging, and pain management. Providers from Powell Valley Healthcare and Heritage Health will present on their education and training, scope of practice, and how they collaborate with local physicians to enhance health care in the community. A panel of advanced practice providers will be present to field specific questions related to their area of expertise.