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An Added Touch Of Care And Compassion at Westview

June 10,2009

Kerri Sauer, APRN-BC, WCC has been selected to lead a newly developed APRN Nurse Practitioner component of care at Westview Health Care Center.

"As Westview's Nurse Practitioner, I will assist our primary care physicians in monitoring patient conditions," said Sauer. "This allows us to deliver the most effective care to our residents and patients."

Sauer began her nursing career at Westview in 1997 as a charge nurse and subsequently became a nursing supervisor and nurse manager focusing on Infectious Disease, Wound Care, Staff Education, Employee Health and Continuous Quality Improvement.

In May of 2007, Kerri became Wound Care Certified through the National Alliance of Wound Care, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of excellence in wound care through the certification of wound care practitioners in the United States.

Her appointment to this newly formed Nurse Practitioner program was announced by Westview Administrator David T. Panteleakos. "Kerri's commitment to her education and Westview created an excellent opportunity to enhance our current system of care," he commented. "We are happy to have a long-standing employee head the program that will bring great benefit to all involved."

Mrs. Sauer received her post-graduate Nurse Practitioner certificate specializing in Adults and Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, her Masters degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, her Bachelors of Science in Public Health degree from Southern Connecticut State University and received her Associate in Science for Nursing at Becker College in Worcester Massachusetts.

Along with her current responsibilities at Westview, she has held the position of Adjunct Nursing Clinical Faculty at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich since 2005 and was recently a clinical instructor for second semester RN students at Day Kimball Hospital. She is also working one day a week as a primary care Nurse Practitioner at Brooklyn Family Medicine where she cares for individuals with acute illnesses over the age of 18. Her professional memberships include the American Geriatric Nursing Association, the National Scholars Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society.

Westview's nurse practitioner program will supplement already established physician services by assisting the primary care physicians with daily, on-site medical care. The nurse practitioner will monitor patient conditions and work with the physician directly, as a collaborative team, resulting in the best possible care practices for the patients and residents of Westview.

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