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Advanced Practice Providers Added to Medical Staff

Jackson, Michigan—Henry Ford Allegiance Health now includes advanced practice providers as members of its medical staff. With a graduate degree or higher, advanced practice providers include physician assistants, nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Like doctors, advanced practice providers are qualified to work in a hospital setting, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices, medical specialty practices, emergency departments and urgent care centers.

“The advanced practice providers at Henry Ford Allegiance Health are essential and esteemed members of our patient care team,” says Henry Ford Allegiance Health Chief of Staff Brian Kim, MD. “Their education, experience and expertise make them more than qualified to be members of our medical staff.”


Advanced practice providers have six to eight years of education, depending on their specialty. Board certified by national organizations and licensed by the State of Michigan, all advanced practice providers complete continuing education requirements and regularly undergo a re-certification process. Because of their degree of higher-level education, advanced practice providers can do a lot of the same things a physician can do, including:


  • Prescribe medications (applies to nurse practitioners and physician assistants).
  • Record patient histories.
  • Conduct physical exams.
  • Order lab work, x-rays and other tests.
  • Diagnose acute and chronic conditions.
  • Help patients manage chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease.
  • Make referrals to specialists or other services.
  • Act as first assistants during surgery.


“Being welcomed as members of the medical staff is a recognition of the value that the Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) bring to the healthcare team,” says Leslie Thompson, MSN, FNP-BC, Henry Ford Allegiance Health Director, Advanced Practice Providers. “The APPs, are proud to provide exceptional care while improving access to services for our patients with our physician partners.”


Nationally, advanced practice providers receive high patient satisfaction survey scores. By appropriately expanding its medical staff, Henry Ford Allegiance Health is increasing patient access to timely care and services. Henry Ford patients can now search for advanced practice providers and make appointments directly with them by using the Find a Doctor/Provider directory.


About Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Henry Ford Allegiance Health (HFAH) is a 475-bed health system in Jackson, Michigan. HFAH complements traditional acute care services with primary and community-based to support patients across the health continuum at every stage of life. With its Level II Trauma Center, Henry Ford Allegiance Health provides comprehensive care for severely injured patients. As a teaching hospital, Henry Ford Allegiance Health continually looks to the future with its Center for Health Innovation & Education and Graduate Medical Education program. Through its Health Improvement Organization (HIO), HFAH is also a national leader in forming community partnerships that innovatively address wellness and prevention needs across the region. Visit to learn more.


About Henry Ford Health System

Under the leadership of President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, Henry Ford Health System is a $6 billion integrated health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan, and 250+ sites including medical centers, walk-in and urgent care clinics, pharmacy, eye care facilities and other healthcare retail.


Established in 1915 by auto industry pioneer Henry Ford, the health system now has 32,000 employees and remains home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one of the nation’s oldest physician groups. An additional 2,200 physicians are also affiliated with the health system through the Henry Ford Physician Network.


Henry Ford is also one of the region’s major academic medical centers, receiving more than $90 million in annual research funding and remaining Michigan’s fourth largest NIH-funded institution. Also an active participant in medical education and training, the health system has trained nearly 40% of physicians currently practicing in the state and also provides education and training for other health professionals including nurses, pharmacists, radiology and respiratory technicians.