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Lake Regional Celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Lake Regional Health System celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week, Nov. 8–14. Nurse practitioners are licensed clinicians with advanced educations and extensive clinical preparation. Nurse practitioners have at least a master’s degree and many have a doctorate degree.

“Our nurse practitioners provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to health care,” said Michael Burcham, vice president, Physician Practices. “Nurse practitioners focus on disease prevention as well as health promotion and education -- guiding patients to make healthy lifestyle choices. We are grateful to have these skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate professionals serving patients throughout our health system.”

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.

Lake Regional has more than 20 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.

Nurse practitioners have been a part of health care for more than 50 years. Their ranks continue to grow rapidly, and there are currently more than 290,000 nurse practitioners licensed in the United States. And every year, there are more than one billion patient visits to nurse practitioners.

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