“The Advanced Practice Provider (APP) role at ECU Health is integral to the patient experience and the service line they work within. The APP role, in many cases, helps to provide the link from outpatient consultation to inpatient care, and then provide the continuum of care in the outpatient setting after discharge or post-procedure.
With respect to the service line, the APPs are responsible for helping to build the care pathway that results in the most compassionate, efficient, and cost-effective care for the patient. In order to achieve this, our APPs are given significant autonomy for decision rights with our outpatient clinics, our inpatient care, and our consultative services. In many cases, they run independent clinics both at our hospital associated clinic and at outreach sites. This allows them, in all cases, to practice at top of license. They are also seen as important components of the administration, being involved in many of the decisions that affect the institution and our practice.
The indelible impression that our APPs make on our patients and our practice, and their colleagues in general, makes them one of the reasons many of us choose to work here at ECU Health.”
Mark D. Iannettoni, MD, MBA
Chief, Cardiovascular Service Line, East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU Health Medical Center
W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr, MD, Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences
Professor, Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Brody School of Medicine