Spring 2004 Issue

Specialized Mid-Level Practitioners Add Efficiency And Continuity Of Care

Standing left to right: Michael Nido PA-C, Larry Braccia, PA-C, Chris Steyskal, PA-C, Joshua Beardsley, PA-C, Elton Clawson, PA-C, Jon Baltzell, PA-C, Jason Stamper, PA-C, Seated left to right: Alex Hopkins, ANP, Lauren Chapman, PA-C, Emily Tucker, FNP, Julie Smith, FNP

Since the addition of the first physician assistant in 1997, mid-level practitioners continue to play vital roles at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. The practice staff now includes eight physician assistants and three nurse practitioners who work closely with our neurosurgeons in the office and the operating room.

Mid-level practitioners are another point of contact for referring physicians and patients. Each day, the physician assistants and nurse practitioners on our team perform patient assessments, manage inpatient and outpatient care, and provide follow-up care. While our neurosurgeons are actively involved in every case, our mid-level practitioners make it possible for the practice to deliver the highest level of care.

During the hours of 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days a week, a mid-level practitioner is immediately available (with physician backup) to attend to emergent and routine needs of patients.

“The ability to make a difference for patients by working closely with our neurosurgeons and referring physicians is very rewarding,” said Mike Nido, PA-C.

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