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Family Nurse Practitioner joins Primary Care

April 11, 2018
Wednesday AM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Catherine Henderson FNP joined PeaceHealth Medical Group in March. The Family Nurse Practitioner now sees patients at PHMG Primary Care.

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Catherine Henderson FNP
Photo courtesy PKMC

A Nurse Practitioner is different than a doctor but NPs are certified to do medical diagnoses, prescribe medications and provide basic medical services.

Henderson knew from a young age that she wanted to be a nurse and completed her undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University in her home state. She received her graduate degree from the University of Arizona. She also served six years in the United States Air Force.

She also knew she wanted to live in Alaska after a cruise introduced her to our great state. Henderson has spent time in several rural communities across Alaska providing care and education.

She and her husband and youngest son relocated from the Seattle area where she most recently worked at Swedish Hospital and other medical centers in ICU/Trauma/ER. Henderson's son is a student at University of Alaska Southeast and, like two of his older sisters, he plans a nursing career.

Henderson joins Leslie Wheeless FNP in Primary Care. Quoting a news release from PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, the addition of another Nurse Practitioner means a greater opportunity for same-day, walk-in appointments.

Ketchikan Medical Center's Nurse Practitioners also provide regular primary medical care for patients. "Seeing a NP is a convenient way to receive timely care for minor routine procedures in a relatively inexpensive setting rather than a costlier trip to the Emergency Department," stated the news release.



Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center



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