Madawaska Valley Family Health Team celebrates Nurse Practitioner week

Olivia Joerges
Staff Reporter

Last week, between Nov. 13 and 19 marked National Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week to raise awareness about the exceptional care NPs provide to communities across Ontario.

Susan Farrar is the Executive Director of the Madawaska Valley Family Health Team (FHT), who said the national awareness week was particularly timely as they welcomed two new NPs, and a new physician to their team. Thanks to the new NPs and new Physician, Amy Felhaber (NP) Jessica Luloff (NP), and Dr. Erin Murray, the FHT is now fully staffed.

“I think that physician recruitment is challenging. I think the Family Health Team model provides a unique angle to primary care and access,” Farrar said. “We have a unique model of care in that the Nurse Practitioners have their own rostered practice and their own rostered patients, the same as the
physicians do.”

The NPs who work at Madawaska Valley FHT provide care to a combined roster of over 630 patients in the Barry’s Bay area. According to the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario (NPAO), “Nurse practitioners assess, diagnose, treat and monitor a wide range of health problems using an evidence-based approach to
their practice.”

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