New Nurse Practitioner Joins Creekside Family Health Clinic
August 25, 2016
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Creekside Family Health Clinic announced the recruitment of Lisa "Kat" Robbins-Spann, FNP-C to the practice as a family nurse practitioner (FNP-C). Spann graduated from the University of South Alabama in May 2016 with a Master of Science in Nursing and is dual board certified in Family Practice and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care. She is also a board certified emergency room nurse. She will provide acute and primary health and medical care to children, adolescents, and adults.
A native of Arkansas in the Little Rock region, coming to Alaska has been a dream of Spann's for many years. "Coming to Alaska has been a household topic for several years now," says Spann. "I feel pretty fortunate to have found Ketchikan out of all the possibilities here."
Before arriving in Ketchikan, she was employed at Saint Vincent's Hospital assisting with the treatment of patients with acute and emergency care. She has also worked at several other rural and urban hospitals in the Little Rock region. She notes that she had a lot of choices around the country as a new graduate but Ketchikan really spoke to her and her family. "What's impressed me so far is the 'can do' independence of the community and the resourcefulness of it all. The variety of activities here is pretty amazing in-spite-of the remoteness, weather, and general challenges of living up here", she said.
She notes that Creekside dovetails nicely with her practice philosophy. "My practice philosophy," says Spann, "is based on the notion that we as health care providers have got to do a good job of presenting better health care choices to patients. To better educate them regarding personal choices and resources in the community."
“It can be real challenge to recruit trained professionals to work in rural health care settings and we feel very fortunate that Kat has chosen to join our team and the Ketchikan community", says Lani Hill, Family Nurse Practitioner and clinic owner.
It's no surprise that Spann, who spent her lifetime in "The Natural State" of Arkansas has a keen appreciation for the natural beauty of Southern Southeast Alaska. "We've been hitting the trails pretty hard", she notes.
Quoting a news release, "The Creekside Family is excited to welcome Ms. Spann and her family to the practice and to the community. Her addition to the team will further support the clinic's mission to provide patient care that is accessible, convenient and comprehensive."
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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