Certified PAs Enhance Hospice and Palliative Care

Making end-of-life decisions is difficult, but something many will face. I am privileged to provide compassionate care to those confronting these decisions as they enter the unfamiliar territory of facing mortality. As the chief physician assistant (PA) in hospice and palliative medicine at Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., I’m committed to treating those diagnosed with chronic progressive illnesses that have advanced and become more burdensome, without curative options. Most of my patients are male, typically aged 65 or older, and are part of a growing demographic that will rely on our expertise in the future. Continue reading “Certified PAs Enhance Hospice and Palliative Care”

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Certified PAs Are Experts at Preventive Care

As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Even though medical advancements have drastically reduced the prevalence of diseases that were once life-threatening, patients must still be mindful of the diseases we face that have fatal consequences. As medical providers, we know the bedrock of good health is prevention of the appearance or progression of diseases. Continue reading “Certified PAs Are Experts at Preventive Care”

PAs Successfully Fight Sleep Disorders

We know driving or making other decisions while under the influence of alcohol is dangerous. Drowsiness can be just as detrimental. Inadequate sleep depresses motor skills, sharp thinking and concentration. Sleep deficiency is also linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, heart failure, stroke, diabetes and hypertension. Indeed, the American Sleep Association reports that 50-70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder. Continue reading “PAs Successfully Fight Sleep Disorders”

Fight the opioid crisis with physician assistants

With over 300,000 opioid-related deaths reported since 2000 and two million patients battling addiction today, it’s evident that more qualified medical providers are needed to care for substance abuse patients. Psychiatrists and addiction specialists are struggling to meet the demands of this high need population. The good news amid this national health care epidemic is that more than 1,200 certified PAs practicing in psychiatry work hard to help fill these care gaps. Continue reading “Fight the opioid crisis with physician assistants”

How Certified PA Christine Bruce makes a difference

Under the direction of Christine Bruce, PA-C, students at the Pennsylvania State University PA Program have a 99 percent program completion rate, 100 percent first-time PANCE pass rate, and 100 percent employment rate as Certified PAs within four months of graduation. As the university’s first PA program director, Bruce leads with a vision of inclusiveness and a track record of success. Continue reading “How Certified PA Christine Bruce makes a difference”

How Certified PA Ditty Bannon Makes a Difference

In 2011, Ditty Bannon, PA-C, was among the very first hired at the newly-established oncology intensive care unit at Huntsman Cancer Hospital, a nationally-recognized cancer research hospital. It is the only oncology ICU in the state of Utah. Bannon onboarded at a time when physicians and administration weren’t sure how to fully utilize PAs in the ICU setting, but in a few short months, Bannon and her team proved just how valuable they could be. Continue reading “How Certified PA Ditty Bannon Makes a Difference”

How Certified PA Jason Perrin makes a difference

During a time of transition at his hospital, the modus operandi of Jason Perrin, PA-C is to adapt to meet the needs of the moment. Whether rushing to the bedside of a patient or the side of a co-worker, he goes above the call of duty to extend additional care and support to everyone on his team. Continue reading “How Certified PA Jason Perrin makes a difference”