The title "director of emergency medicine and president of the medical staff" usually evokes the image of a physician. However, in Ellenville Regional Hospital in New York, it is a nurse practitioner who holds that title.
Bob Donaldson is a nurse practitioner who has attending status in Ellenville Regional's emergency room. He is part of an innovative structure that replaced all ER doctors with nurse practitioners and physician assistants -- and has increased admissions since making the change.
When the hospital had difficulty attracting volunteers to run for the medical staff leadership position, Donaldson volunteered and was elected president.
As the number of nurse practitioners and physicians assistants in the hospital setting continues to rise, it will be interesting to see if more and more non-physicians begin to assume medical staff leadership roles.
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Source: HealthLeaders Media