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The Pulse

The Pulse
  • Leading the Way | Shelda Amilcka, PA-C

    North Carolina PAs dedicated to patient health while leading the way for the profession. Shelda Amilcka, PA-C, was born and raised in Deerfield Beach, Florida. For undergrad, she attended the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. Sheda then temporarily settled around different cities in Florida, farther and farther […]

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  • Leading the Way | Claire Simmons-Valenzuela, PA-C

    North Carolina PAs dedicated to patient health while leading the way for the profession. Claire Simmons-Valenzuela, PA-C, was born in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to North Carolina in 2008 to attend PA school. She graduated from the Methodist University PA program in 2010 and continues to live in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, two children, […]

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  • John Murphy, PA-C, Retires After 36 Years of Practice

    by Elizabeth “Beth” McInnis MSN, ARNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC Mid Atlantic Emergency Medicine Associates(MEMA) Charlotte, NC 28211 When do you know you’re ready to retire from medicine? I think this is common question after years of service in this readily changing health care system, especially in the inherently challenging field of emergency medicine. We who chose […]

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  • Leading the Way | Wendy Simmons, PA-C

    North Carolina has many PAs dedicated to patient health while leading the way for the profession. Wendy Simmons, PA-C, was born in Oakville, Ontario and attended UNC-Wilmington, graduating with a BSc in Chemistry. She then attended PA school at Bowman Gray (now Wake Forest) School of Medicine, graduating in 1987. Wendy is in her 23rd […]

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  • Message from NCAPA President

    Dear PA Colleagues, I am writing to you with a heavy heart as we continue to endure the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in extraordinary times for our PA workforce. My sadness and concern have been further exacerbated by the events of the past 10 days as I witness the outpouring of […]

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  • Leading the Way | Peter Gunn, PA-C

    NCAPA is a leader. But we couldn’t do it without the PAs among us dedicated to leading the way. Peter Gunn, PA-C, was born and raised in Sheffield, Massachusetts. At the time, Sheffield was a very small town in western MA with no stop lights and only one small community store and one gas station. […]

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  • NC PAs Can Order Home Health

    PAs were granted authority to sign Home Health orders per federal law in the recent CARES Act, as long as the state allows PAs to provide such services. Section 3708 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. No. 116-136) amended sections 1814(a) and 1835(a) of the Social Security Act to […]

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  • COVID-19 Recovery Act Becomes Law

    Over 350 NCAPA members took action, sending over 600 emails to NC legislators to support important provisions in the COVID-19 Recovery Act. On May 2nd, the COVID-19 Recovery Act bill was signed into law. This legislation included policies and funding around health care, education, government, and the economy. Among the numerous healthcare policies, the following […]

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  • PAs Responding to COVID-19 in Rural NC

    by Josh Newton, PA-C Medical Director, Mountain Community Health Partnership Spruce Pine, NC Wake Forest PA Program Class of 2011 Many may think that rural family medicine consists of deep community ties, caring for every generation of a family, and working 8-9 hour days, versus 12-16 hour days, tireless conference calls, and a total overhaul […]

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  • Telehealth and COVID-19

    Cheryl Hall, PA-C, MHS, has been a PA for over 25 years. She has worked in a variety of settings, with her most recent beginning last December in Behavioral Health at Haymount Institute in Fayetteville, NC. Cheryl has shared some of the challenges faced curing COVID-19.   “We began using Telehealth during the second week […]

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