HHS names Scottsdale Healthcare to lead nurse training program

Hospitals to team with nursing schools for four-year initiative to train 400+ advanced practice nurses

 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (July 31, 2012)

Scottsdale Healthcare is one of five U.S. hospitals selected to participate in a four-year, $200 million initiative to help meet the rising need for primary care practitioners. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the initiative will focus on training advanced practice nurses.


In Arizona, the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration will be used to support clinical training of more than 400 nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. Training will be provided at Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals in partnership with the nursing schools at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University, as well as community-based care organizations representing more than 30 healthcare settings across the state.


Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) will gain the clinical skills needed to provide primary care, preventive care, transitional care and chronic care management.


Growing the ranks of advanced practice nurses is an important way to make healthcare more accessible and address Arizonaâ•˙s shortage of primary care physicians and advanced practice nurses, according to Scottsdale Healthcare Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Peggy Reiley, RN, PhD.


â•œWeâ•˙re proud to partner with Arizonaâ•˙s leading nursing schools in this first-of-its-kind collaboration to help increase access to quality healthcare for all Arizonans,╝ said Reiley.


In the past, the cost of clinical training has limited the ability of hospitals and other healthcare providers to accept more advanced practice nursing students into their settings for clinical training. Payments to the participating hospitals will be linked directly to the number of additional APRNs the hospitals and their partners are able to train as a result of their participation in the demonstration, according to HHS.


â•œAs Scottsdale Healthcare continues to broaden its emphasis on population health management and serving individuals across the continuum of care, participation in the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration will allow us the be in the forefront of transforming the way care is delivered and help ensure our stateâ•˙s primary care needs will be met,╝ said Scottsdale Healthcare President and CEO Tom Sadvary.


Arizona has significantly fewer physicians, residents and advanced practice nurses per capita than the national average, according toArizona Health Futures, which reports a shortfall of approximately 2,500 of these healthcare providers.


Funding for the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration is provided over four years by HHSâ•˙s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center, which was created by the Affordable Care Act. The CMS Innovation Center fosters healthcare transformation by finding new ways to pay for and deliver care that improve health while lowering cost.


The initiative will help put more advanced practice nurses on the front lines of the U.S. healthcare system, further strengthening and growing the nationâ•˙s primary care workforce, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who announced the program yesterday.


More on the demonstration, operated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servicesâ•˙ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, can be found here: http://innovations.cms.gov/initiatives/GNE/.


Scottsdale Healthcare is Arizonaâ•˙s only multihospital health system to achieve elite Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a division of the American Nurses Association.


Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, Scottsdale Healthcare is the community-based, nonprofit parent organization of Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit www.shc.org.