Advanced Practice Providers: Who are they and what role can they play?

Advanced Practice Providers (APP) are highly trained clinicians who work in all specialties of health care. Physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) are both examples of advanced practice providers, and they play a critical and ever-expanding role in the nation’s healthcare. While NPs and PAs take different educational tracks to get their advanced training, both can perform a wide range of preventative, acute health care services and are able to take care of many other issues a patient might have.

Many APPs work closely with a physician or physicians as a collaborative team, while others may work independently in areas where they may be the only provider. Depending on the need of the patient and the practice, patients may see both an APP and their physician, or the APP may manage the entire visit, then collaborate with a physician afterward.

At Cone Health, primary care providers consider it a privilege that their patients trust them to care for their families through all parts of life. Fortunately, Cone Health has an exceptional network of physician assistants, nurse practitioners and related providers dedicated to educating and caring for individuals throughout the community in order to promote overall wellbeing and good quality of life.

Spokesperson Background:

Chelle Jeffery is a physician assistant at Urgent Medical & Family Care on Pomona Drive in Greensboro and a member of Cone Health Medical Staff.  Jeffery has more than 17 years of experience in the medical field.  She graduated from Wake Forest University’s Physician Assistant Program in 1999 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in biology from Guilford College in 1995.