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Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Nurse Practitioners Welcomed to Parrsboro and Springhill

Amherst, NS – Citizens in two areas of Cumberland County have access to increased primary health care services with the arrival of new nurse practitioners to their communities. Thanks to the successful recruitment efforts of the Cumberland Health Authority both Parrsboro and Springhill have nurse practitioners joining the collaborative practices that have been operating in the communities for the past number of years.

In making the announcement today, CEO Bruce Quigley said the CHA is very pleased that these highly-skilled individuals have chosen to practice in Cumberland County. “More and more communities across the country are adding nurse practitioners to their health care teams and accordingly demand is increasing,” commented Quigley. “Recruiting three more NP’s for our collaborative practices is certainly very good news,” he added. Collaborative practices see family physicians and nurse practitioners work together to provide greater access to primary health care including health promotion, disease and injury prevention and management of chronic disease in addition to acute care needs.

Debbie Blois has joined the Cumberland South Rural Practice Network and is working from the clinic in Parrsboro. Debbie was born and raised in Nova Scotia and she and her husband raised their family on their dairy farm in Hants County. Debbie graduated with her RN diploma from Winnipeg General Hospital and later received her BSc Nursing at St. Francis Xavier and obtained her nurse practitioner education at Dalhousie University. She has been nursing for many years in a number of capacities and most recently worked as a nurse practitioner on the north coast of Labrador primarily in Hopedale, an Inuit community of 650 people, accessible only by plane, boat or snowmobile.

The Springhill Primary Health Care practice is fortunate to have two nurse practitioners joining its team. Carla Greene, who previously worked in Pugwash as part of the Cumberland North Rural Practice Network, has returned to Cumberland County after a short time in western and northern Canada. Carla is a native of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia and received her BSc Nursing from Dalhousie. She worked in the IWK Neonatal ICU before leaving for the USA where she was employed as a contract nurse in various neonatal ICU’s. After her return and while working in the emergency department at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Ms. Greene obtained her nurse practitioner diploma from Dalhousie following which she worked in Pugwash.

Also joining the Springhill practice is Carolyn Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell, who has over 23 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings including ICU, coronary intensive care as well as home care, is a Bachelor of Nursing graduate of Memorial University in Newfoundland and received her Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice from Athabasca University. Ms. Mitchell’s home is in Bedford and the Springhill position is her first as a nurse practitioner.

The CHA is a leader in the delivery of primary health care through collaborative practices with services available in Advocate, Parrsboro, Pugwash, River Hebert and Springhill.

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Contact: Ann Keddy, Director of Public Relations, (902) 661-1090

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