This story was originally published by Daily Nurse on September 15, 2016.
The Columbia University School of Nursing held a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 14 to celebrate the opening of a new nurse practitioner primary care group in Washington Heights. Pioneering in nurse practitioner-led care, this is the second primary care practice established by Columbia’s School of Nursing, with the other practice held in Midtown Manhattan. Both facilities are completely staffed and managed by nurse practitioners, and a third practice is expected to open later this year in Morningside Heights along with a house calls practice.
Through an affiliation with ColumbiaDoctors and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia’s Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Group provides patients with access to a world-class network of specialists from the Columbia University Medical Center. The new practice will help to expand health care options for residents of Washington Heights and its surrounding neighborhoods.
Bobbie Berkowitz, Dean of Columbia University School of Nursing and Senior Vice President of Columbia University Medical Center, says the new nurse practitioner primary care group meets the growing need to prepare advanced practice nurses to deliver more complex care as people live longer with chronic diseases that are now manageable rather than fatal. The primary care nurse practitioner practice is designed to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and coordinated care to individuals and families in their communities.
Stephen Ferrara, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Columbia University School of Nursing and Executive Director of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State also spoke out about the new nurse practitioner practice. Ferrara says that nurse practitioners focus on the whole person to help them make lifestyle choices that prevent disease and help them stay as healthy as possible. Nurse practitioners get to know each patient, their history, health goals, and challenges, and develop clear and personalized treatment plans along with the patient.
Read the full article by Daily Nurse’s Christina Morgan.