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Advanced Practice Providers – Pivotal to the Future of Health Care

When we think of advances in medicine and health care, the first things to usually come to mind are research breakthroughs and technological developments. But what about staffing?


“When I was in high school, if a student was contemplating a career in medicine, your advisor would only talk about two options – becoming a nurse or a doctor,” said Jenean Lane, MPAS, a physician assistant who works in the acute care setting at PAH caring for patients in Urology and Otorhinolaryngology.

PAH physician assistant, Jenean Lane, MPAS

Things have certainly changed since Lane was in high school. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officially expanded its definition of medical staff, permitting non-physician practitioners such as advanced practice nurses and physician assistants to have privileges like physician staff members. The change now allows hospitals to give advanced practice providers more authority to perform duties that they are trained to do within their scope of practice and state law and helps free up physicians to concentrate their attentions on more medically complex patients. According to the CMS, the ultimate goal of the expanded definition is to allow hospitals to explore new approaches to care which, in turn, increases the number and types of practitioners granted hospital privileges.


“Pennsylvania Hospital currently has over 60 advanced practice professionals, a combination of Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Certified Nurse Midwives,” said Rhoda Sulzbach, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, clinical director of Advanced Practice Providers. “While physicians are the overall leaders in the care delivery for hospital patients, enlisting qualified advanced practice providers to assist them in overseeing the health and safety of our patients not only helps with  the responsibilities of patient care, but also with quality innovation and improvement and establishing best practices application and professional standards.”

Ellen Malone, ACNP-BC, an acute care nurse practitioner who works in Vascular Surgery and is also the lead nurse practitioner for the Cardiovascular Service Line Advanced Practice Providers at PAH, agrees. “I think that we’re the matrix of the service in which we work,” said Malone. “We communicate with each other and across services and act as an additional reinforcement to the coordination of care, especially in complex cases. And anytime you improve communication you improve patient care.”

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Happy Holidays!

Best wishes for a healthy and safe holiday season from What’s New! Share News of Your Holiday Activities! Are you sharing your time, talents and support to the community and/or Penn Medicine this Holiday season? If so, please email y...Full story

In Honor of Preemies and Those Who Care for Them

TheIntensive Care Nursery (ICN) Family Advisory Council ofPAH hosted a Purple Play Date in honor of World Prematurity Day, November 17. Purple has been adopted as the color for prematurity advocacy is the color of the March of Dimes.Over...Full story

Day of Gratitude

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death worldwide. In recognition of Premature Awareness Month and to thank PAH – with whom they’ve partnered with for decades – for the exceptional care of the most precious of patients, repr...Full story

PAH Partners in Patient Advocacy

Every fall, staff, family and friends came to honor colleagues and loved ones being honored as partners in patient advocacy. At this year’s 6th Annual PAH Patient Advocacy Recognition Program and Reception, 12 outstanding staff were recogni...Full story

Providing a Place to Give Thanks

TheChicago Tribunerecently ran an article, Drama at the holiday table: Its not about the food, that made the rounds to newspapers all across the U.S. in anticipation of Thanksgiving, the official kick-off holiday of the season. The story ...Full story

Penn’s Way Thank You

Together, the University of Pennsylvania Health System and our University partners are proud to announce that the 2015 Penn’s Way campaign, “Giving is Penn’s Way,” has raised over $1.6 million dollars exceeding the goal of $1.5 million. ...Full story

Call for Nominations: 15th Annual UPHS Nursing Clinical Excellence Awards

The UPHS Clinical Advancement and Recognition Program Committee (CARP) is calling for 2014 nominations for the Nursing Excellence Awards to recognize outstanding direct care nurses throughout the Health System. The deadline for nominations ...Full story

Ebola Preparedness at Penn Medicine

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that HUP is part of an elite group of 35 hospitals nationwide – and the only adult hospital in Pennsylvania - capable of safely caring for patients with Ebola.Our dedicated teams of...Full story

What’s Happening – Your resource for events and happenings throughout PAH and Penn Medicine

January – March 2015NEW! Winter Penn Mindfulness Programs January 3-4, 2015NEW!Annual Penn Youth Baseball Camps NEW! January/February 2015Penn Museum Advance Calendar of EventsFree Admission to all Penn Medicine Employees with ID! ...Full story

Please Welcome… Our New Executive Director, Theresa Larivee

You’ve seen the banner-up signs in the Preston Lobby and outside the Elm Garden Cafeteria. You may have seen her in meetings, in and around Pennsylvania Hospital – our new Executive Director, Theresa Larivee! To get a more personal feel ...Full story


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