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Lake Regional Celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Lake Regional Health System celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week, Nov. 7–13. Nurse practitioners are licensed clinicians with extensive clinical preparation. These experts provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to health care.

“In honor of this year’s Nurse Practitioner Week theme, ‘Nurse Practitioners: Going the Extra Mile,’ we are asking patients to share their stories of gratitude,” said Michael Burcham, vice president, Physician Practices. “Patients can share their story about the positive difference a nurse practitioner or other health care provider has made in their life at”

Nurse Practitioner Week recognizes the contributions that more than 325,000 licensed nurse practitioners make to the health of patients nationwide. These health care professionals practice in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, nursing homes and private practices across the country — wherever patients are in need — and continue to provide frontline care during the COVID-19 pandemic. As clinicians who blend clinical expertise with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, nurse practitioners are the health care provider of choice for millions of Americans.

In Missouri, nurse practitioners are required to establish a collaborative agreement with a physician. With that agreement, a nurse practitioner in Missouri can provide nearly all of the same care a doctor can provide, from diagnosing and treating health problems to prescribing medications and ordering tests. Nurse practitioners have at least a master’s degree and many have a doctorate degree.

Lake Regional has more than 25 nurse practitioners, including family nurse practitioners, acute care nurse practitioners, and nurse practitioners dedicated to cardiology, Express Care, inpatient care, neurology, nephrology, occupational medicine, pulmonology, sleep medicine, urology and women’s health.

“Every day, nurse practitioners save lives and improve the health of our friends and family,” Burcham said. “The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has elevated awareness of how nurse practitioners are essential to health care. We are grateful to have these skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate professionals serving patients throughout our health system.”

Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialties, including cancer care, heart care and orthopedics. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies. To learn more, visit