We provide complete and affordable health care to individuals throughout the surrounding communities and all of the boroughs of New York City. That makes an ambulatory nurse’s role extremely multifaceted: providing high-quality, friendly and affordable healthcare to a diverse group of patients. Our nurses are deeply involved in development of best practices in the areas of quality improvement and patient-centered care initiatives.
As part of our Ambulatory team, nurse’s focus will be on the individual patient in a specialty or primary-care setting. We see over 750,000 patients a year, delivering a quality of care that rivals any private practice.
The issues and challenges you face are dynamic and often unpredictable. Our ACN Nurses pride themselves in being able to interact with and be immersed in the community. We often act as care coordinators between hospitals and community organizations, such as the Visiting Nurse Service (VNS).
Making An Impact
In August 2010 the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designated seven ACN medical practices at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as Level I Patient-Centered Medical Homes: AIM, the Audubon Practice, Broadway Practice, Farrell Family Medicine Practice, Ft. Washington Geriatrics Practice, Rangel Practice and Washington Heights Family Health Center. This prestigious recognition is a tribute to the dedicated ACN clinicians and staff, as well as the Office of Strategy and Information Technology professionals, who are working together to improve the health of our neighbors in the Washington Heights/Inwood area of New York City.
Currently, the ACN team is working to achieve NCQA Recognition for the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center practices. In addition, the team is striving to achieve Level II or III Patient-Centered Medical Home designation for our Level 1 practices at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.
NCQA Recognition is an indicator of superior quality and qualifies the Hospital for enhanced Medicaid reimbursement.
Prerequisites for Ambulatory
Diversity of Services
Our nurses provide patient-centered care inservices, which include Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Family Medicine and Specialty Care, along with our UrgiCare Center, Family Planning Practice and Methadone Maintenance Clinic. We also have four Women, Infants and Children (WIC) sites, a federally-funded nutrition program and seven school-based health centers. In addition, our six Obstetrics and Gynecology practice locations offer eligible patients prenatal services through New York State’s Prenatal Care Assistance Program (PCAP), which provides low-income pregnant women with comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care.
The ACN Nurse’s Role
Ambulatory care nurses take great pride in treating the entire patient and family (rather than treating just an episodic event). The beauty of ambulatory nursing is that the nurse develops long-term patient relationships. This gives our nurses the opportunity to follow patients throughout the course of their lives.
During the patient visit, the role of the nurse can include triage, education, health promotion, treatments, medication administration and coordination of care with the multidisciplinary team. ACN nurses also act as care coordinators between the hospital and community-based organizations (such as VNS) to ensure continuity of care once the patient leaves the practice.
The challenges our nurses face have an element of unpredictability. Nurses who make their careers in our ACN are quick thinkers and sharp problem solvers. Serving the underserved, we’re committed to exemplary care regardless of ability to pay. We are committed to serving our community regardless of socioeconomic status.
Community Outreach Program
The Ambulatory Care Network’s (ACN) Department of Community Health Outreach helps safeguard and improve the health of many at-risk adults and children in the New York metropolitan area. We spearhead a variety of initiatives, such as the CHALK (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids) program.
In addition, as part of our deep commitment to the individuals living near our facilities, the Ambulatory Care Network’s Community Health Outreach hosts health events, health screenings and health education, and provides flu shots at a variety of settings such as churches, beaches, schools and other locations.
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