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Butler Health System Celebrates APPs and Fellows

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Butler Health System Celebrates APPs and Fellows
(Left to Right: Ken DeFurio, President & CEO; Jon Leo, CRNP; Cassidy Fairman, PA-C; April Pryor, CRNP; Alexus Nubani, PA-C; Lisa Doverspike, PA-C, DFAAPA, Director of APP Fellowship Program; Kathy Selvaggi, MS, MD, FAAHPM, Chief Community Health Officer; David Rottinghaus, MD, Chief Medical Officer, President of Physician Network)

Butler Health System (BHS) proudly employs approximately 230 Advanced Practice Providers (APPs): medical providers made up of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP), and Physician Assistants (PA-C). A celebration was recently held in appreciation of the BHS APPs and to commemorate the graduation of the Class of 2022 APP Fellows.

The 2022 graduates are the second class to complete the BHS APP Fellowship Program. Among those graduating were: Cassidy Fairman, PA-C, Jon Leo, CRNP, Alexus Nubani, PA-C, and April Pryor, CRNP. Alexus Nubani reflects on her time as a fellow at BHS:

“I loved being a part of the fellowship this past year. It was such a unique experience and I learned so much that I will take with me for the rest of my career in medicine. I cannot recommend it more.”

During the ceremony, Jessica Bruce, PA-C, Ian Hollobaugh, CRNP, and Randy Johns, CRNP, were honored with the APP Clinical Excellence Awards. The award recipients were nominated and chosen by their peers. These awards recognize individuals who exemplify BHS core values and excel in areas of outstanding patient care, education, mentorship, professional advocacy, humanitarian service, and collaboration.

“I am excited and proud to be a part of Advanced Practice here at Butler Health System”, said Rachel Christy, MSN, RN, CRNP, ACNP-BC, chair of the BHS Advanced Practice Committee. “We have the privilege of working alongside an amazing staff who have embraced us for our contributions to the healthcare team. I have developed close relationships with my patients. It is a challenging and stressful career, however, I can honestly say I am happy to come to work each day (with my rose colored glasses!).”

BHS offers two focus tracks in APP Post-Graduate Fellowship Programs, Acute Care Medicine and Cardiology. Both programs are an intensive 12-month period in which fellows are immersed in hands-on training to further develop their knowledge, clinical skills, critical thinking, and collaborative techniques. To learn more about the APP Fellowship Program visit