Advanced Practice Providers

Resources for Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, and Other Providers

Advance practice providers (APPs) are an important part of our team of providers at Baystate Health. We employ and credential several hundred APPs in the western Massachusetts communities we serve, and they help us provide the high-quality care our patients deserve and expect. In 2023, we formally added our APPs to our medical staff, with voting privileges within the Baystate Health organization. We also increased the number of members at large elected to our medical staff executive committees, and we now require that at least one such member be an APP. We also have an APP Advisory Council, which provides another venue for representatives of our APPs to address the medical issues that are important to our patients and communities.

Our APPs are affiliate members of Baycare Health Partners, a provider hospital organization (PHO) that manages payer network contracts and aids in care management, providing risk contracting infrastructure, and other important benefits. Baycare was one of the first PHOs in the country to extend membership to APPs as part of its dedication to inclusion and diversity. Baycare is a collaboration between Baystate Health and the Greater Springfield Independent Practice Association.

This means our APPs have a direct and clear voice in the direction of health care at Baystate Health. In addition, because of our organization’s prominent role in providing health care in western Massachusetts and the surrounding areas, our APPs have a unique and important role in guiding the care of patients throughout the region.

Advanced Practice Provider Careers at Baystate Health

We’re always looking for the best and brightest APPs to join our growing team. Please visit our Advanced Practitioners careers page on our careers site for more information. We also welcome referrals of potential candidates from our current team members.

We’re proud of our excellent compensation and benefits packages for our APPs, and you’ll benefit from our commitment to professional development with dedicated CME days as part of our benefit package.

Advanced Practice Provider Students at Baystate Health

Baystate Health is the regional campus of UMass Chan Medical School, and we’re passionate about helping to teach the next generation of health care providers. APP students are critical to ensure that we continue to provide the excellent care patients know and trust.

We offer clinical rotations for advanced-practitioner students, as well as our five-semester Baystate Medical Center Midwifery Education Program.

Learn more about our educational opportunities and programs

Frequently Asked Questions About Advanced Practice Providers

Whether you’re an APP yourself, a student, or a member of the community, it’s natural to have questions about our APPs and the roles they play in the health care we provide. Below, we’ve gathered some of the questions we hear most often about our APPs, as well as the answers you need to make the best choices for your career, education, or care.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is an Advanced Practice Provider?

An advanced practice provider, or APP, is a type of health care provider who performs many of the duties and offers similar types of care as a doctor. Our team includes a wide range of APPs, including:

  • Nurse practitioners (NPs)
  • Physician assistants (PAs)
  • Certified nurse midwives (CNMs)
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs)
  • Clinical pharmacists

APPs are trained, licensed health care providers. They diagnose and treat patients with medical conditions and injuries, just as doctors do. They can prescribe medications, and some can perform or help with surgeries.

What specialties at Baystate Health include Advanced Practice Providers?

Our APPs make up an important part of our provider teams in many of our departments and services, such as:

  • Behavioral health
  • Cardiology, including inpatient heart and vascular care
  • Cancer care
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Community Health
  • Critical care medicine (also known as intensive care)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Hospital medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Newborn medicine (neonatology)
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary care
  • Specialty medicine (endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatric and palliative care, employee health, infectious disease, pulmonary medicine, nephrology, dermatology, and ENT)
  • Surgery
  • Women’s health
What professional development opportunities are available for Advanced Practice Providers at Baystate Health?

Our APPs have many opportunities to continually sharpen their skills and develop new ones to serve our patients. These include:

  • Continuing education, with accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), among others
  • An annual continuing education day
  • Medical grand rounds
  • Monthly APP grand rounds
  • Our APP Advisory Council

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