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Advanced Practice Clinicians Play a Vital Role in Your Health Care

It’s been said it takes a village to raise a child. When it comes to your health, it takes a team to provide the right care for your health and well-being. At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), advanced practice clinicians (APCs) are fundamental members of that team. APCs are extensively educated, licensed health care professionals who are qualified to treat patients of all ages, across many specialties.

Depending on your medical need, you may see a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP), physician assistant (PA), physician assistant-certified (PA-C), certified nurse midwife (CNM) or a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). Where an APC works is dependent on the clinical area they specialize in, so you may receive care from an APC in a health care provider’s office, such as your primary care provider’s office, or in the hospital.

APCs can care for you in many of the same ways a doctor can. For example, APCs can:

  • Conduct your regular checkups and physicals
  • Diagnose, treat and manage illnesses
  • Prescribe medicine
  • Order tests (such as blood work or X-rays) and review and explain the results
  • Perform simple and complex medical procedures
  • Execute minor surgeries
  • Treat high-risk or complicated cases

APCs work collaboratively with physicians and other members of your health care team to provide optimal care for your condition or to keep you well. As an advanced practice clinician, they can take your care to the next level by providing services offered by physicians, such as ordering prescriptions or treating complex medical conditions.

Your LVHN care team will always suggest the provider who best meets your health needs. In some instances, this may be an APC. And know that you can often request to see advanced practice clinician instead of a doctor for your appointments.

To make an appointment with the LVHN health care team, call 888-402-LVHN.