Your Care Team

YOUR CARE TEAM’S ROLE

Every patient has a designated care team who are responsible for working together to provide quality care. Your care team may consist of a physician, physician assistant, and/or nurse practitioner who have care managers to help organize your appointment visits and medical needs and requests .  Your care team will be led by a physician you have selected however you may be treated by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner assigned to your care team.  Your care team’s responsibility is to provide care coordination, preventive screenings,  manage chronic conditions, close gaps of care, provide self-care support, community resources, and education.

WHAT IS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT?

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a health care professional licensed by the state of New Jersey who practices medicine under the supervision of a physician. PA’s work as members of the medical team, while providing a broad range of medical and surgical services traditionally performed by physicians themselves:

  • Perform physician examinations
  • Diagnose illnesses
  • Develop and carry out treatment plans
  • Order and interpret lab tests
  • Provide patient education
  • Assist in preventive health care counseling
  • Prescribe medication

Supervising physicians determine which patients and/or types of illnesses to be assisted by a PA. When a PA assists in an unusual medical situation, close consultation is taken place between the physician, PA and patient. PA’s are skilled to recognize when it is necessary to have the patient seen by the physician and when to hospitalize them.

WHAT IS A NURSE PRACTITIONER?

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has completed graduate-level education (either a Master of nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree). Nurse Practitioners treat both physical and mental conditions through comprehensive history taking, physical exams, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests. NPs can diagnose a wide range of acute and chronic diseases (within their scope of practice) and provide appropriate treatment for patients, including prescribing medicationsNPs can serve as a patient’s primary health care provider, and see patients of all ages depending on their specialty (family, pediatrics, geriatrics, etc.). The core philosophy of the field is individualized care that focuses on patients’ conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families.

WHAT IS A CARE MANAGER?

Care managers, as we define them, are practice-based staff with direct patient contact. They take on the coordination activities participate in both the clinical and nonclinical aspects of care. Care manager, sometimes referred to as patient navigators, work closely with patients and their families, care managers’ activities often include the following:

  • Assessing (and regularly reassessing) patients’ care needs
  • Developing, reinforcing, and monitoring care plans
  • Providing education and encouraging self-management
  • Communicating information across clinicians and settings
  • Connecting patients to community resources and social services

 

OB/GYN

Jon M. Regis, M.D.
Alan Feldman, M.D.
Adebola Nnewihe, M.D.
Anne Petit, M.D.
Linda Stanley, M.D.
Mia Harris, RNC-OB, CNM
Jennifer Hawkins, PA-C
Robyn Cummings, APN
Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D.

PEDIATRICS

Albert Dearden, M.D.
Peggy Sue Langel, MSN, RN, APN
Maria Molina, M.D.
Barbie Arnold, APN


 

FAMILY/ADULT MEDICINE

Catherine Alcarez, M.D.
Sara Ali, M.D.
Avelino Cruz, M.D.
Elaine Dennis, M.D.
David Lunt, M.D.
Tracey Hessert, APN
Michael Lurakis, D.O.
Robert Sudol, M.D.
Rosario Alfaro, NP-C
Jenna Baumgartel, PA-C
Barbara Greenling, PHD DNP, MSN, APN-C
Debbie Parlett, NP-C
Anna Perlik, APN
Els Sincebaugh, PA-C
Nancy Sudol, APN, BC
Egidio Migioa, APN
Phyllis Fishbein, APN, MSN

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