As more Washington State residents gain access to health insurance, healthcare organizations expect to see an increase in the number of visits to clinics and emergency departments. The addition of five advanced practice clinicians at Kittitas Valley Healthcare since December 2014 will help meet this increased demand for service.
“Healthcare provider recruitment in the area of family medicine has been a particular focus for KVH,” said Chief Operating Officer Cathy Bambrick. “We want to be sure that we are ready to provide care for Kittitas County residents now and in the future.”
Three providers joined the KVH family medicine clinics. KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum welcomed physician assistant Chelsea Newman. KVH Family Medicine – Ellensburg welcomed family nurse practitioner Tricia Robertson and physician assistant Megan DeSelms.
The two remaining new providers accepted split positions. Jennifer Simons, advanced registered nurse practitioner, and Chris Bentley, physician assistant, will divide their time between KVH Urgent Care – Cle Elum and the KVH Hospital Emergency Department.
Advanced practice clinician is a term used to describe a healthcare provider who has received advanced certification or licensure and is able to diagnose and treat patients, but is not a physician. At Kittitas Valley Healthcare, advanced practice clinicians are typically physician assistants or nurse practitioners.
The number of advanced practice clinicians in the United States continues to rise, with many choosing to provide care in rural areas like Kittitas County.