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Ken Jenks, PA-C Receives his CAQ in Emergency Medicine

San Miguel Basin Forum of Nucla, Colorado

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Submitted by Leanne Tobin, Public Relations, Montrose Memorial Hospital

Ken Jenks, PA-C, Physician's Assistant at the Basin Clinic received his Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Emergency Medicine.

To receive this certification, Ken demonstrated advanced knowledge and experience in emergency medicine as well as meeting the specialty specific continuing education requirements. Jenks has served as the primary care giver at the Basin Clinic in Naturita for over 12 years.

According to the American Medical Colleges, our nation could face a shortage of up to 150,000 physicians in the next 15 years.

One solution to help bridge this workforce shortage is to enable nurse practitioners and physician assistants to work at their highest capacity. PAs are certified and licensed healthcare professional who practice medicine as part of a team under the direction of a physician. This new CAQ program helps recognize PAs for their specialty experience, skills and knowledge.

"By obtaining this additional certification, Ken Jenks, PA-C has further demonstrated his commitment to providing immediate, potentially lifesaving care to the citizens of the west end of Montrose County.

The remoteness of this region means that Basin Clinic frequently needs to provide initial, stabilizing care until the patient can be transported to the hospital for more specialized emergency care," says Dr. David Dreitlein, Emergency Department Medical Director at Montrose Memorial Hospital. "We have been very impressed with Ken's desire to always learn and improve the care he provides."

Original Publication Date: January 19, 2012

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