Atrium ObGyn Welcomes Heather Smith, WHNP in November 2015
Heather Smith is a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She is from Warren, PA and now lives in Cary with her husband, Greg and their daughter, Lexie. Heather graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2000. While at Penn State, she was able to study Nursing abroad while living in Sweden. After graduation, it was time to move south. She worked at UNC HealthCare for many years as a bedside nurse, educator and Nurse Manager. Heather then completed her Master of Nursing degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007.
Heather has over 15 years of experience in the area of Women’s Health. She is passionate about providing quality care and educating both the patient and her family. She is a Clinical Instructor for the Nurse Practitioner program at Duke University. In her free time, she loves to travel, spend time with family and friends and play games with her daughter.
"I feel very fortunate and blessed to be a part of a woman’s journey as she progresses through various phases of life. I think my personal favorite is being present when a new mom hears her baby’s heartbeat for the very first time. Women’s health requires a great deal of education which I truly enjoy."
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Atrium ObGyn providers include five board certified obstetrician/gynecologists, three Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Our physicians perform surgery and deliveries at Rex Healthcare, a not-for-profit health care system providing the best medical care available for Wake County and The Triangle since 1894.
We provide both routine and specialized care to women. Our services include gynecology, obstetrics, basic infertility and primary care for many of our patients. We also provide saline-enhanced ultrasound for uterine fibroids, as well as in-office sterilization and endometrial ablation.
We provide individualized medical care to each patient, and we believe in treating each patient with gentleness, dignity and respect. We are accepting new patients, and we accept most insurance plans. We trust you’ll find our office to be friendly and helpful. We like what we do and hope that we can be of good service to you. We hope that you’ll call us!
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NCQA has helped to build consensus around important health care quality issues by working with large employers, policymakers, doctors, patients and health plans to decide what’s important, how to measure it, and how to promote improvement. That consensus is invaluable — transforming our health care system requires the collected will and resources of all these constituencies and more.
NCQA’s programs and services reflect a straightforward formula for improvement: Measure. Analyze. Improve. Repeat. NCQA makes this process possible in health care by developing quality standards and performance measures for a broad range of health care entities. These measures and standards are the tools that organizations and individuals can use to identify opportunities for improvement. The annual reporting of performance against such measures has become a focal point for the media, consumers, and health plans, which use these results to set their improvement agendas for the following year.
Physician Practice Connections Recognition Program (PPC)
Providing quality care to patients is a top priority for physicians, but practicing medicine in today’s environment is more challenging than ever. Physicians find themselves managing a full office schedule, responding to the increasing demands of insurers, and are often left with less time to spend with patients delivering the care they truly need and deserve.
Physician Practice Connections® (PPC®) recognizes practices that use systematic processes and information technology to enhance the quality of patient care. Meeting PPC® standards shows practices have established connections to information, patients and other providers that allow them to:
- Know and use patient histories
- Follow up with patients and other providers
- Manage patient populations and use evidence –based care
- Employ electronic tools to prevent medical errors.
There are nine PPC® standards and three levels of recognition. Practices seeking PPC® Recognition will complete a Web-based data collection tool and provide documentation that validates responses.
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