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Lake Regional Heart Team Welcomes Nurse Practitioner Jessica Willis

Monday, January 3, 2022

Jessica Willis, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, has joined Lake Regional’s team of cardiac service providers. Willis will assist cardiovascular-thoracic surgeons Randy G. Brown, M.D., FACS, and Charles Canver, M.D., FACS, at Lake Regional Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery in Osage Beach.

“Jessica is a longtime Lake Regional team member,” said Jeffrey Robbins, director of Lake Regional cardiac services. “She began her career at Lake Regional in 2008 as an LPN and continued her education to become a nurse practitioner. We are excited to have her stepping into this new role.”

Willis earned her Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from Chamberlain University College of Nursing. She has spent the last five years serving as a cardiovascular-thoracic surgery nurse, so she has experience caring for patients who have undergone open-heart surgeries and other cardiovascular-thoracic procedures. She appreciates the opportunities she has to save and improve lives.

“I enjoy seeing patients for their post-op visits and their surveillance visits,” she said. “We see them through a life-altering event, and we create a bond with them that continues. I always tell patients that if they have a concern, please call me or come into the office. I want them to be involved and to feel comfortable with their care.”

A native of the lake area, Willis lives in Macks Creek with her husband, Zack, and three children. They stay busy with sports, farming and their trucking business.

Lake Regional Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery is located on the second floor of Lake Regional Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call 573.302.2762. To view Willis’ bio, visit

The heart care team at Lake Regional Health System includes interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular-thoracic surgeons, and registered nurses and X-ray technologists who specialize in heart care. As a Level II STEMI Center, Lake Regional is equipped to provide timely, definitive heart attack care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more at