Western Connecticut Health Network Values Physician Assistants National PA’s Week is October 6- 12

New Milford Hospital
DANBURY, Connecticut – October 6, 2016 – During this year’s National Physician Assistant’s Week, October 6 -12, Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) recognizes the important contributions Physician Assistants (PAs) make as valued members of our patient care team. PAs are a vital part of the high-quality care we provide in our hospitals and throughout the community. Having PAs on patient care teams, is a proven way to help maximize positive health outcomes and further our mission to provide the best care to our patients. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the PA profession (1966-2016).

“Our country’s healthcare system is focused on increasing access to quality care, and PAs play a big part in that effort. Because PAs practice medicine in every specialty, every setting and every state, they can help bring care to millions of patients who need it,” said WCHN’s chief medical officer, Dr. Matthew Miller. The PA profession has grown 36 percent between 2009 and 2014. Studies have shown that when PAs are incorporated into healthcare teams the result is lower readmission rates for everything from postoperative care to cancer treatments. During PA Week, WCHN is proud to recognize the PAs on our healthcare team and celebrate their contributions to this organization and the health of the patients they serve. 

WCHN is committed to maximizing the roles PAs play on our healthcare teams because we know we are stronger when we all work together—and the result is world-class care for our patients. We also want to inform our patients, staff and the general public about who PAs are and the roles they play in healthcare delivery. The American Academy of Physician Assistants states that…

  • There are more than 108,500 certified PAs today. PAs practice in every medical and surgical specialty from pediatric neurosurgery to oncology to primary care. 
  •  PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, write prescriptions, perform medical procedures—like joint injections—first assist in surgery, counsel patients on preventive healthcare, coordinate patient care, make rounds in nursing homes and hospitals and conduct clinical research.
  • PAs are educated through intense graduate-level programs that average 27 months and require the same prerequisite courses as medical schools. As part of their education, PAs complete at least 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in every major specialty, from family medicine to general surgery to emergency medicine.

For more information about PA Week or to learn more about this dynamic profession visit PAweek.com.