Summit Medical Group Supports National Physician Assistant Week, October 4 – 8

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During National Physician Assistant Week, October 4 – 8, 2010, and throughout the year, Summit Medical Group supports, celebrates, and recognizes the significant impact physician assistants (PAs) have on patients and in health care overall.

PAs play an important role in the collaborative, high-quality care we provide at SMG

During National Physician Assistant Week, October 4 – 8, 2010, and throughout the year, Summit Medical Group supports, celebrates, and recognizes the significant impact physician assistants (PAs) have on patients and in health care overall.

“PAs play an important role in the collaborative, high-quality care we provide at SMG,” says Robert W. Brenner, M.D., M.M.M., chief medical officer. “They contribute a great deal to patient care and satisfaction and we are proud to have these health care professionals on our staff.”

PA’s work closely with physicians to enhance patient care and satisfaction. PAs are effective, versatile, licensed health care professionals who have had intensive training in medicine and clinical rotations. These professionals:

  • Take patient histories and perform physical examinations
  • Diagnose and treat certain health problems
  • Order and administer tests and interpret results
  • Coordinate patient care
  • Provide education and counseling to patients about medication and healthy lifestyle changes
  • Help families and physicians communicate
  • Write discharge summaries

PAs care for many of the same patients as physicians, although physicians typically handle more complicated medical cases. As an important part of Summit Medical Group health care teams, PAs never hesitate to consult with or refer patients to a physician when necessary. Because PAs ensure that patients receive the personal attention they need, they significantly contribute to patient satisfaction. In addition, by providing individual patient care and counseling, PAs enable physicians to do research, focus on data from tests, and handle the most difficult cases and follow-up care.

“As clinical medicine and surgery evolves at a breathtaking pace, the collaborative role of physician assistants must be broadly accepted as a critical link in the achievement of public goals relating to quality, cost and access,” states William A. Tansey, M.D., cardiologist.

ABOUT NJSSPA
NJSSPA is the organization representing members of the physician assistant profession in New Jersey. Physician assistants are highly trained clinicians who are hard at work improving the health of the people of New Jersey. NJSSPA’s vision is to be recognized and respected by the healthcare community and the public as the prominent physician assistant state organization. The organization is dedicated to promoting education, advocacy and partnership to achieve quality, cost-effective healthcare.

ABOUT SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP
Summit Medical Group (SMG) is the largest privately held multispecialty medical practice in New Jersey. SMG has pioneered information technology advances in health care with its early adoption of electronic health records and e-prescribing. With more than 200 highly qualified providers, it serves as a unique health care model for the state. SMG treats more than 55,000 patients per month at its main campus in Berkeley Heights as well as its satellites in Berkeley Heights, Morristown, Millburn, Shorts Hills, Summit, Warren, and Westfield. As one of the East Coast's premier multispecialty groups, SMG has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more information, please visit http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com.

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