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What Is the Nurse Practitioner Clinic at Sagewood?

A key differentiator of Sagewood has always been our Acacia Health Center. If you’re searching “best skilled nursing Phoenix, AZ,” you might as well search “Sagewood”. Included in our Acacia Health Center is the Nurse Practitioner Consultants Clinic. This on-site clinic offers unmatched value when it comes to all residents’ health services needs. It provides both urgent care and primary care to all Sagewood residents, as well as a variety of therapeutic services, providing innovative care that simply can’t be matched by another senior health center in Phoenix. And beyond that, it gives residents priceless peace of mind that their health needs are met no matter the circumstance.

Wholistic Approach to Care

Our Nurse Practitioner Clinic’s primary goal is to keep Sagewood residents as healthy as possible without the hassle of leaving the community. Dr. Kelly Schultz, CEO of Nurse Practitioner Consultants at Sagewood, says her passion lies in “comprehensive and preventive care.” Sagewood provides primary care to approximately one-quarter of Sagewood residents, meaning we take care of the majority of their health services needs. The remaining three-quarters of Sagewood residents also use the clinic for a variety of reasons ranging from wound care to urgent care to medication management and beyond.

What Does the Nurse Practitioner Consultants Clinic Offer?

The Nurse Practitioner Consultants Clinic at Sagewood operates year-round with two full-time nurse practitioners available seven days a week. The clinic is currently conducting a research study to examine the reduced amount of urgent care visits and hospitalizations because of the clinic’s work. Dr. Schultz strongly believes the results will serve as a testament to the clinic’s success. She says, “Our goal again is to offer as many services as we can to keep residents from having to leave the community, which is especially important now as many of their other medical providers are not accepting patients.” Some of the most common services the Nurse Practitioner Consultants Clinic provides include:

  • Advanced wound care
  • Removing staples
  • Biopsies
  • Placing and removing stitches
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Vaccines
  • Catheterizations
  • TB test
  • Trigger point injections
  • Referral to specialists
  • Home visits for acute illness
  • EKGs
  • Routine blood draw
  • Blood sugar checks
  • Reviewing and ordering medications
  • Advance care planning
  • Sports physical
  • Acupuncture
  • DOT exams
  • Patient education
  • Yearly Medicare wellness exams
  • Injections/Port injections
  • Lab work
  • Ordering X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, etc.
  • Colostomy/Urostomy
  • Urine/STD test
  • Medically supervised weight loss
  • Physical therapy referral

Strong Resident Relationships

One of the best things about having an on-site nurse practitioner clinic is the ability to form genuine bonds with residents over time. The nurse practitioners have personal relationships with many of Sagewood’s residents that allow them to learn residents’ treatment preferences and provide an overall higher quality of care. In fact, the Nurse Practitioner Consultants Clinic is the highest-rated element of Sagewood on the community’s annual survey. The clinic also hosts students from nearby medical schools, hospitals and senior health centers in Phoenix, who are able to spend copious amounts of time with residents. It’s important to the nurse practitioners at the clinic to spend at least 30 minutes with each resident per visit so residents feel their needs and concerns are heard and acted on, instead of feeling rushed like they would at many health services clinics. And Dr. Schultz believes the benefits of the clinic can spread far beyond Sagewood itself. “We see employees and their families as an added bonus to working in the greater community,” she says.

Collaborating with Top Health Services Providers

Sagewood is located only a few miles from two premier hospital groups in the country — HonorHealth and Mayo Clinic. This access to major health providers and researchers makes it incredibly easy for residents to get much-needed hospital care close by. The proximity of Mayo Clinic also helps keep the entire Acacia Health Center’s standards high. Residents find it’s an approach that produces a better patient experience and, most importantly, better outcomes. For example, advanced wound care performed at the Nurse Practitioner Consultants Clinic has reduced a large number of urgent care visits and improved outcomes as we can treat wounds and monitor them closely without the need for an expensive wound care center.

Experience the Nurse Practitioner Consultants Clinic at Sagewood

From urgent care to primary care, the Nurse Practitioner Consultants Clinic has helped countless Sagewood residents live healthier, more fulfilling lives. With such a broad range of services offered and the close personal relationships between nurse practitioners and residents, it’s truly among the highest-quality skilled nursing Phoenix, AZ, has to offer. If you’d like to learn more, you can simply search Acacia Health Center Phoenix, AZ, contact us through our website, or call us anytime at 480-900-6093.