Specially trained advanced registered nurse practitioners are now evaluating people with neurologic concerns at
UHealth clinics across South Florida. Expanding access to these specialty services is one goal, but the ARNPs also aim to speed up the time it takes for patients to be assessed and referred, when warranted, to a neurosurgeon or other health care provider.
Neurosurgery can be complex, but the process to get screened doesn't have to be. That is what neurosurgery leaders at UHealth - the
University of Miami Health System recognized when launching the new ARNP Clinic Program in April.
"The ARNP Clinic Program is off to a great start - these professionals are making a true difference. They are meeting with patients close to where they live and work, and doing an initial assessment for neurosurgery that can save time and money," said
Allan D. Levi, MD, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "It's really about extending our expertise on the main campus out into neighborhoods across South Florida."