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Advanced Practice Providers (APPs)

Our APPs – licensed nurses and physician assistants – work in collaboration with our physicians to provide high-quality healthcare services.

Advanced Practice Providers

Summa Health has nearly 400 advanced practice providers (APPs) working in a variety of specialties. These APPs are licensed nurses and physician assistants who hold master’s degrees or doctorates and are board-certified to practice at an advanced level.

What do they do?

APPs work in collaboration with physicians to provide high-quality compassionate healthcare services to our patients. APPs provide services such as:

  • Perform physicals
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Prescribe medications
  • Order and interpret tests
  • Perform procedures

As part of Summa's population health mission, the APPs function as a key member of the healthcare team, providing coordination of care, counseling, education and more.

Who are APPs?

As a Summa Health patient, you may see any of the following APPs:

Physician Assistants (PAs)

A physician assistant is a specially qualified healthcare professional who provides medical care under the supervision of a licensed physician in a variety of healthcare settings. Physicians may delegate to PAs those medical duties that are within the PA’s training and experience and state law. Such duties include performing physical examinations, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting lab tests, assisting in surgery and making rounds in nursing homes and hospitals. Physicians may also delegate prescriptive privileges to the PAs they supervise.

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs)

The certified nurse-midwife provides a full range of primary healthcare services to women throughout the lifespan, including gynecologic care, family planning services, preconception care, prenatal and postpartum care, childbirth and care of the newborn. This care is provided in diverse settings, which may include home, hospital, birth center and a variety of ambulatory care settings including private offices and community and public health clinics.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)

The certified registered nurse anesthetist is prepared to provide the full spectrum of patients’ anesthesia care and anesthesia-related care for individuals across the lifespan, whose health status may range from healthy through all recognized levels of acuity, including persons with immediate, severe, or life-threatening illnesses or injury. This care is provided in diverse settings, including hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; acute care; pain management centers; ambulatory surgical centers; and the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons.

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)

The clinical nurse specialist has a unique APP role to integrate care across the continuum and through three spheres of influence: patient, nurse, and system. The primary goal of the CNS is continuous improvement of patient outcomes and nursing care. Key elements of CNS practice are to create environments through mentoring and system changes that empower nurses to develop caring, evidence-based practices to alleviate patient distress, facilitate ethical decision-making and respond to diversity. The CNS is responsible and accountable for diagnosis and treatment of health/illness states, disease management, health promotion and prevention of illness and risk behaviors among individuals, families, groups and communities.

Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNPs)

For the certified nurse practitioner, care along the wellness-illness continuum is a dynamic process in which direct primary and acute care is provided across settings. CNPs are members of the health delivery system, practicing autonomously in areas as diverse as family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, geriatrics and women’s healthcare. CNPs are prepared to diagnose and treat patients with undifferentiated symptoms, as well as those with established diagnoses. Both primary and acute care CNPs provide initial, ongoing and comprehensive care, which includes taking comprehensive histories, providing physical examinations and other health assessment and screening activities, and diagnosing, treating and managing patients with acute and chronic illnesses and diseases. This includes ordering, performing, supervising and interpreting laboratory and imaging studies; prescribing medication and durable medical equipment; and making appropriate referrals for patients and families. Clinical CNP care includes health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling, as well as the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases. Certified nurse practitioners are prepared to practice as primary care CNPs and acute care CNPs, which have separate national consensus-based competencies and separate certification processes.

Advanced Practice Providers at Summa Health

APPs can be found in nearly every medical and surgical specialty – in both hospital and clinic settings – throughout Summa Health. From cardiovascular to endocrinology and primary care, our APPs are working to deliver timely, convenient, quality care to our patients.

Geriatrics Gastroenterology
Critical Care Cardiovascular
Endocrinology Occupational Health
Palliative Care/Hospice Primary Care
Surgical Services Internal Medicine
Bariatrics Ophthalmology
Neurology Dermatology
Anesthesiology Orthopedics
Behavioral Health Radiology
Emergency Department Pulmonary
Women's Health Oncology
Trauma OB/Gyn
Urology Urgent Care

Outcomes of Care

At Summa Health, our APPs aim to enhance patients’ access to care. Study results indicate that care involving APPs compared to care without them, is associated with better outcomes in terms of blood pressure, blood glucose control and hospital length of stay. Additionally, outcomes are similar or better in terms of patient satisfaction, symptom management, patient health status, functional status, use of the emergency department and hospitalizations.

Connect with Us

The Summa Health Office of Advanced Practice provides oversight regarding scope of practice, ensures quality and regulatory compliance, contributes to the credentialing and privileging process and is a resource for APP utilization strategies.


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