CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – If bad things happen in threes then, perhaps, good things come in twos. Summit Primary Care has two new providers to celebrate this week at its office located in Suite 203 on the second floor of Summit Health Center Building 2.
Certified physician assistants Danielle Hull and Daniel Champigny, who joined the practice at the end of summer, began seeing their first patients this week, which also happens to be National Physician Assistant Week. PA Week is Oct. 6 through 12.
A native of Perry County, Hull now lives in Adams County and was drawn to practice in Franklin County because of its growing diversity.
“Franklin County has a mix of people from different cultural backgrounds,” she said. “I’m looking forward to caring for a variety of patients of all ages and backgrounds.”
Champigny, who originally is from Rhode Island, is passionate about preventative health and is excited to provide care to an expanding, rural population.
“I’m looking forward to providing care for a growing population and helping fill the need for primary care providers as the population expands,” he said.
A national physician shortage is expected to happen in the next four years. PA-Cs are helping bridge the gap in care and accessibility to healthcare services.
Both Hull and Champigny are graduates of Penn State College of Medicine’s physician assistant program.
Prior to seeing patients independently, they shadowed Dr. Stephen Flack, lead physician of the practice and associate medical director of family care, to learn the processes of their practice.
“Dani and Dan are assets to this practice and give us the opportunity to provide even better care for our patients,” he said. “I think patients will appreciate the knowledge and skill they bring to our team.”
The practice also includes Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Paula Hamilton.
For more information on this and other primary care locations, please visit: www.SummitHealth.org/PrimaryCare. To contact this location to schedule an appointment, please call (717) 217-6798.
What is a PA-C?
A Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) is licensed by the state Board of Medicine to provide care in office-, hospital-, emergency- and community-based settings.
After receiving undergraduate degrees, PA-Cs attend PA programs where they receive extensive education and hands-on training in a variety of healthcare settings. PA programs typically last two to three years.
Once they have graduated, they must first pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and then apply for a license in the state in which they plan to practice.
PA-Cs are able to perform physical exams and review patient medical history to use clinical knowledge and judgment to decide appropriate treatments.
They can order laboratory testing, such as imaging or blood work; prescribe medications; and perform procedures such as repairing cuts or casting broken bones.
Why do we have physician assistants?
Physician assistants help Summit Health better meet the healthcare needs of the increasing population. In recent U.S. Census estimates, data revealed Franklin County to be one of the top 10 fastest-growing counties in Pennsylvania.
Nationally and in Pennsylvania, healthcare is faced with a looming physician shortage. As the population continues to grow and age, the demand for medical care is expected to increase. By the year 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projects a national shortage of 20,0000 physicians.