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NP & PA Names & Faces

January 2017

As a champion of your professions, ADVANCE Healthcare Network wants to spread news about the great work NPs and PAs are doing throughout the United States. 

NP & PA Names&Faces is a monthly feature that highlights who is making news in your professions. We hope you will share this with coworkers, managers and friends via email and social media tools. Please remember to visit often to find more award winners, staff and manager promotions, facility expansions, board appointments, association news, profession-specific announcements and more. 

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Suzanne Staebler, DNP, APRN

NCC President becomes AAN Fellow

CHICAGO---The president of the National Certification Corporation (NCC) has been inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) as a fellow. Suzanne Staebler, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, will devote her time and energy into transforming America's health system through her new fellowship.

Staebler is a recognized leader in neonatal advanced practice nursing, a field in which she has written and been honored with several awards for her policy development and discussions of the future of neonatal care.

Troy Richardson, PA

Physician Assistant Alum Brings Wichita Students Abroad

WICHITA, KAN.---After an eight week clinical rotation in Puerto Rice, Troy Richardson, PA, has opened the door for Wichita State University physician assistant students to participate in experimental learning on the US territory island.

Puerto Rico does not authorize PAs to practice, yet Richardson and other PA faculty and staff were able to work out an agreement between the College of Health Professions at Wichita and the COSSMA clinic in Puerto Rico.

"The agreement we have with COSSMA is a great opportunity for students to learn health care in a different culture," said Richardson. "Everyone in Puerto Rico was very receptive and excited for more PA students to come practice."

Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN

Certified Nurse Anesthetist Inducted into American Academy of Nursing

PARK RIDGE, ILL.---Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, was elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). A certified registered nurse anesthetist from Reisterstown, Md., Pellegrini joins only 30 other CRNAs elected as AAN fellows.

"The goals of the American Academy of Nursing align with those of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, which are to serve the public and the nursing profession through the advancement of healthcare policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge," said Pellegrini. "It is indeed an honor to be selected as a fellow into such a prestigious body of nursing professionals.

Logo courtesy of the National Certification Corporation

ABSNC Grants Accreditation to the National Certification Corporation

BIRMINGHAM, ALA.---The National Certification Corporation (NCC) was granted accreditation for its neonatal nurse practitioner and women's healthcare nurse practitioner certification programs. The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc., (ABSNC) granted the NCC this accreditation.

"Accreditation is a highly desirable distinction for organizations that certify nurses in a specialty," said Dottie Roberts, EdD, MSN, MACI, RN, OCNS-C, CMSRN, ABSNC accreditation manager. "Applicant organizations complete a rigorous process to demonstrate maintenance of a quality certification program in meeting the ABSNC standards and earning this prestigious recognition."

"The National Certification Corporation is pleased to receive accreditation by ABSNC . National accreditation is the 'gold standard' for those who provide certification to healthcare professionals and demonstrates a huge commitment by certification organizations," added NCC executive director Robin Bissinger, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN.

Jeffrey Doucette, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CENP, LNHA

Doucette Appointed ANCC Vice President

SILVER SPRING, MD.---Jeffrey N. Doucette, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CENP, LNHA, has assumed the role of vice president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Magnet Recognition and Pathway to Excellence Programs. In this new role, Doucette will see to the vision, governance and operations of the Magnet and Pathway programs, as well as any future credentialing programs recognizing nursing excellence. Prior to his role as ANCC's vice president, Doucette served as vice president of the Virginia Nurses Association.

"This is an exciting time for the American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise as we move forward with a focus on greater collaboration and synergy among ANCC, ANA and the American Nurses Foundation," said ANA Enterprise CEO Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN. "[Doucette] embraces the belief that by working together, we will be better able to serve nurses and have a greater impact on health care through ANCC's credentialing programs."

Therese Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP

Richmond Selected as Health and Human Services Member

PHILADELPHIA---The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's (Penn Nursing)'s Therese S. Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP, the Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing, has been appointed as a member of the Department of Health & Human Services' Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. Richmond, the associate dean for research and innovation at Penn Nursing, will spend the next two years examining current scientific evidence of the development and implementation of the nation's disease prevention and health promotion objectives for Healthy People 2030.

Logo courtesy of Adeptus Health

Adeptus Health Earns Press Ganey Honor

LEWISVILLE, TX.---Adeptus Health's network of freestanding emergency rooms has been named the 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing healthcare organizations that are in the 95th percentile or above in performance in patient experience. Adeptus Health has maintained this rating for the last 4 years.

"We are honored to be recognized with Press Ganey's highest award for patient experience for the fourth year in a row," said Graham B. Cherrington, president and chief operating officer of Adeptus Health. "As we fulfill our mission to provide access to the highest quality emergency care to the communities we serve, it is especially rewarding to know our patients rank us among the 'best of the best' in the nation."

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