On Thursday, August 30, Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) was proud to celebrate the graduation of their first class of nurse practitioner residents: Tameka Bland, Nancy Gartin-Checchi, and Erika McNair. HRHCare has a long history of training medical residents and students, but these three nurse practitioners were the first to graduate from the new HRHCare Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.
“Community health centers provide care to approximately 28 million people in urban and rural communities across the country, with that care being provided increasingly by teams including nurse practitioners,” said Rev. Jeannette J. Phillips, Hudson River Health Care Founder and Executive Vice President. “These three nurse practitioners have completed an intense year of post-graduate training and are ready to serve health center patients with skill, quality and compassion.”
The HRHCare Nurse Practitioner Residency Program grew out of HRHCare’s partnership with the Community Health Center of Connecticut, which established the country’s first nurse practitioner residency program in 2007, and the Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative. The twelve-month program was designed specifically for family nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers as clinicians in community health centers, and includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations and quality improvement training.
About Hudson River Health Care
Founded over 40 years ago as a Federally Qualified Health Center, Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) is one of the nation’s largest community health providers. The HRHCare network of 29 health centers throughout the Hudson Valley and Long Island provides affordable, accessible care to over 185,000 patients through more than 820,000 visits annually. The more than 350 primary care practitioners and 700 specialists and support staff have made HRHCare a destination for convenient, high-quality care for all.
Photo Caption: HRHCare Peekskill Site Medical Director Ivanette Juarbe-Ramos, MD, EVP and Founder Rev. Jeannette J. Phillips, Kenneth Sax, FNP, Program Graduate Nancy Gartin-Checchi, Chief of Clinical Integration and Graduate Medical Education Daniel Miller, MD, and Coordinator of Medical Education Elizabeth Franz