Each year, the AANP recognizes a nurse practitioner (NP) and a nurse practitioner advocate in each state. The advocacy award recognizes the efforts of individuals, other than nurse practitioners, who have made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and acceptance of the nurse practitioner profession.
Patti Thum, CRNP at Charles Cole Memorial’s Northern Potter Health Center in Ulysses, stated that the 2012 State Award for Excellence nomination noted that Mr. Pitchford is supportive of independent Nurse Practitioners’ practices and he values their ability as primary care providers, as demonstrated by his recent development of an institutional policy change at CCMH. Additionally, Mr. Pitchford assisted with a policy that offers tuition reimbursement to CCMH Nurse Practitioners that are pursuing a Doctorate of Nurse Practice degree.
Mr. Pitchford’s health care administration career spans more than 30 years, beginning as an independent auditor and consultant to CCMH before spending 14 years in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an executive for Borgess Health Alliance and as the President of ProMed Healthcare. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, its Public Payer Policy Committee and the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board for NY, NJ and PA. Mr. Pitchford is also active with the National Rural Health Association including participation in its Rural Fellowship program.
Mr. Pitchford will receive the award in June at the AANP 27th National Conference in