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Columbia Opens Nurse Practitioner-Led Primary Care in Washington Heights

This story was originally published by DNAInfo on September 15, 2016.


A medical practice led by nurse practitioners trained at Columbia University School of Nursing has opened its doors Uptown to provide physical and mental health services to an area known to have a shortage of primary care.


The Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Group, part of Columbia Doctors, opened its facility at 516 W. 168 Street last week, equipped with seven exam rooms, a medical station and three consultation rooms for mental health, said Stephen Ferrara, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Columbia University School of Nursing.


The facility will also offer a multi-purpose room that’ll be available to provide health education classes on diabetes, obesity, high-blood pressure and asthma, Ferrara said.


The practice is the second to open under the Columbia University School of Nursing umbrella, officials said. The first practice is in Midtown and there’s a third in the works for Morningside Heights later this year.


“We really want a relationship with our patients,” Ferrara said.


“We want to put the emphasis on wellness and preventative health and screenings, not be so reactionary to healthcare and only go to a provider when you’re sick.”


Read the full article by DNAInfo’s Carolina Pichardo. 

Linda Muskat-Rim


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