November 13, 2023
MCHD and Family Health recognize their Nurse Practitioners
MOBILE, Ala. — In 1965, Drs. Loretta Ford and Henry Silver developed the first nurse practitioner (NP) program. Almost 60 years later, the nation’s more than 355,000 NPs are improving the health and lives of millions of patients and their communities every day.
To honor the health care heroes working in communities throughout the U.S., Family Health – the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department — recognizes the critical role of NPs as part of the annual National Nurse Practitioner Week (NP Week) celebration.
“We wish to take this time to thank our NPs at Family Health and in our community for the high quality compassionate care they provide,” said Kelly Warren, Executive Director for Family Health.
NP Week recognizes the positive impact NPs make in the lives of patients and vital role they play in the health of the nation. These NPs practice in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, nursing homes and private practices across the country — wherever patients are in need.
“There are 355,000 NPs caring for patients in nearly every health care setting across our county,” said AANP President Stephen A. Ferrara, DNP. “Every day, NPs deliver high-quality care to their patients, improving the access, delivery, outcomes, and efficiency of our nation’s health care system.
“This year, the NP role was named as the number one job that helps people, according to U.S News & World Report. NP Week is an excellent time to recognize the value NPs bring to health care and to showcase the important work they do for their communities.”
Since its inception in 1979, Family Health has provided services to the uninsured, underinsured, insured, and medically underserved populations of Mobile County.