LAKE CITY, Minn. — Five providers with vast amount of experience and expertise in primary, hospital and emergency care recently joined the medical staff at Mayo Clinic Health System in Lake City.
Certified nurse practitioner Amy Frank joined the team of Family Medicine providers. She will work closely with physician-led care teams in the clinic to care for patients of all ages. Frank earned her undergraduate degree from Winona State University in Winona, Minn. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing and completed the family nurse practitioner program at Graceland University in Independence, Missouri. Prior to working in Lake City, Frank worked as a registered nurse for 19 years in various departments at Mayo Clinic. “I focus on the whole-person which means getting to know my patients well and learning about what is important to them for achieving better health,” says Frank. “From there, we can develop a plan together and attain healthy goals.”
Patients who will need hospital care in Lake City will be cared for by a hospitalist. Hospitalists are board certified in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine, and specialize in treating patients with multiple complex medical diagnoses in a hospital setting. Mootaz Younis, M.D. came to the hospital practice in Lake City from Wichita Falls Family Practice Residency Program in Wichita Falls, Texas. Dr. Younis earned his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Ar Ramtha, Irbid, Jordan. He also trained at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham-Seabrook, Maryland, and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, Maryland.
“Our hospitalized patients benefit in a number of ways from having a dedicated hospital physician caring for them. The hospitalist is readily available to answer questions and follow up on test, procedures and treatments throughout the day. There’s also improved coordination of care with other providers, nurses, therapy, social work and pharmacy,” says Tom Witt, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City, and Red Wing.
Three physician assistants experienced in providing emergency care joined the Emergency Department (ED) staff.
Jonathan Wright , P.A.-C. completed his Master of Physician Assistant studies at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He earned his undergraduate degree at Malcolm X College in Chicago. Wright provided critical care in rural emergency rooms for five years prior to coming to Lake City. Wright’s value for a small community hospital setting and the ability to connect more directly with his patients and their families brings him to Lake City. “The community hospital setting allows me to develop a greater sense of who my patients are which then allows us to work together to discuss their overall healthcare options,” says Wright. “I’ve found that these relationships can lead to more accurate diagnosis over time than all of the advanced testing we’ve developed.”
Stacy Nelson, P.A.-C. is native of Lake City. She earned her Master of Medical Sciences, Physician Assistant Studies degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Nelson has been providing emergency care for the past eight years. “I enjoy helping patients manage their acute problem, while considering their underlying problems and medical history to optimize their treatment and care,” says Nelson.
Emily Langer, P.A.-C. earned her master of Physician Assistant Studies from Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona. She has an undergraduate degree from College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. She also completed a Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine Fellowship through Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Langer has been a practicing physician assistant for eight years.
“All of our physician assistants in the ED have extensive emergency care training and work in collaboration with ED physicians. We’re excited to have them on our team,” says Dr. Witt. “All of our ED providers are dedicated to ED patients. This will help ensure prompt attention thus shorter wait times, more timely reporting of lab results, and shorter overall visits.”
Mayo Clinic Health System in Lake City continues to recruit additional providers for the clinic, hospital and ED.