St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) has created a Medical Assistant Training program where students are paid to learn.
The six-week program provides students with a paycheck while they receive classroom training, simulation labs, electronic health record training and job shadowing, the network said.
Graduates can become medical assistants within St. Luke’s Physician Group.
The first medical assistant class will begin training on Aug.1, while the second class will begin at the end of September.
“St. Luke’s Medical Assistant Training Program is a new opportunity for individuals to join St. Luke’s in the clinical outpatient setting without having any experience,” said Jessica Kamensky, SLPG senior director.
“It is a paid training program that gives individuals the tools that they need to be a successful part of the clinical care teams within SLPG,” she said.
Medical assistants help with administrative and clinical duties, including checking a patient’s vital signs, assisting with in-office procedures, taking a patient’s medical history, scheduling appointments, ordering and restocking supplies, and supporting the clinical team, she said.
The Medical Assistant Training Program’s classroom-based curriculum will include:
Anatomy and physiology;
Vital signs and measurements;
Safety and infection control;
Communication and professionalism;
Medical assistant pharmacology;
Medical assistant terminology and abbreviations;
Physicals exams; and more.
Graduates who pass the course and an assessment will be placed into a medical assistant role within SLUHN.
For more information about the St. Luke’s Medical Assistant Training Program or to apply for the program, please visit www.sluhn.org/MAprogram.
St. Luke’s Physician Group (SLPG) has acquired Lehigh Valley Nephrology Associates making its providers part of St. Luke’s Nephrology Associates (SLNA).
St. Luke’s Nephrology Associates now has 10 sites across Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon and Schuylkill counties and more than 30 providers. Providers are experts in the diagnosis, management and treatment of various forms of kidney disease.
The acquisition and larger practice will enable SLNA to recruit top-notch providers, improve its dialysis care delivery, and expand nephrology care across all St. Luke’s University Health Network’s campuses, said Dr. Robert Gayner, chief of Nephrology. “It provides us with all the tools we need to provide the best patient care that we can.”
The 10 sites are in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Quakertown, Bartonsville, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua and Orwigsburg in Pennsylvania, and Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Fourteen providers who were part of Lehigh Valley Nephrology Associates will now be part of SLPG. Lehigh Valley Nephrology Associate’s staff and advanced practitioners were already part of the St. Luke’s Physician Group.
St. Luke’s Physician Group of Bethlehem has acquired Dublin Internal Medicine. The practice will now be known as St. Luke’s Dublin Internal Medicine.
“St. Luke’s acquisition of Dublin Internal Medicine expands our reach into Bucks County and enhances our ability to serve those in need of support and guidance during these difficult times along with providing routine care for patients,” said Michael Owsinski, SLPG regional director in a release.
The practice will remain at its current location at 161 N. Main Street, Dublin. Dr. Donald Brislin, DO, will continue as its provider. Brislin earned his medical degree from, and served an internship at, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also completed a residency at Abington Memorial Hospital and is board certified in internal medicine.
“Dr. Brislin has been practicing in the area for more than 20 years,” said Owsinski. “He is a respected member of the Dublin community and within the regional medical community.”
“I am pleased for my patients and my practice to be associated with St. Luke’s,” Breslin said. “This new relationship represents St. Luke’s first expansion into this part of the Bucks County market and I believe it will have an immediate impact.”
The practice will continue to see new and existing patients.
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