FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 4, 2016 - Peoria, IL

OSF HealthCare/Jump Launching New Fellowship

OSF HealthCare and Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center are kicking off a one-year Advanced Practice Provider (APP) fellowship for newly minted Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants specializing in primary care. The program is the first of its kind in Illinois, and among a small group training APNs and PAs side by side.

The Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship will help APPs increase knowledge and better transition into practice with mentorship from experienced providers as well as in-seat and simulation-based education.

“The program will expand Advanced Practice Providers’ ability to think critically through challenges they’ll face when evaluating, treating and managing patients,” said Melinda Cooling, Vice President of Advanced Practice for OSF HealthCare.

The Fellowship is crucial as APPs’ roles in healthcare expand across the U.S. The Health Resources and Services Administration estimates a shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians by 2020 while demand is expected to increase 14%. OSF HealthCare is transforming its model of care to meet this need by training Advanced Practice Providers to work at the highest levels of their licensure.

“Studies indicate a large proportion of primary care can be delivered safely and effectively by Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants. This allows Physicians to focus on more complex patient needs, providing better quality of care overall”, said Cooling. 

Four Advanced Practice Nurses and one Physician Assistant hired by OSF will participate in the inaugural program.

WHAT: OSF HealthCare and Jump kicking off new Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship program.

DATE: Monday, March 7th

WHERE: Jump Simulation Center

TIME: 5:00-6:30 PM

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Media can take pictures and video anytime during the kickoff. Interviews will be made available before the event at 4:15 PM with Melinda Cooling, Vice President of Advanced Practice for OSF HealthCare; Lisa Pierce, Director of Advanced Practice, Education and Fellowship programs for OSF; Ann Willemsen-Dunlap, Director of Interprofessional Education at Jump; and one of the practitioners chosen to participate in the fellowship.   

*Please confirm your attendance to Denise Molina-Weiger no later than Monday, March 7th at 12:00 PM.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Denise Molina-Weiger, Strategic Relations
309-677-0827