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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2013) – Asheville Cardiology Associates, PA, an affiliate of Mission Health, introduces Erin Smyrski, RN, MSN, as the newest nurse practitioner to the practice. Smyrski has extensive training and experience in nursing and is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
“We are pleased to have Erin join Asheville Cardiology Associates,” said Robert L. Wade, Jr., MD, FACC, Chairman of the Practice Board of Asheville Cardiology Associates. “She has worked hard to receive high-quality training and is eager to begin her career as a nurse practitioner. We are confident that with Erin’s help, we will continue to provide superior care to our patients as one of the largest cardiology practices in western North Carolina.”
Smyrski previously worked as a staff nurse in the WakeMed Health and Hospitals Emergency Department in Raleigh, N.C. There, she implemented patient care in every area of the Emergency Department, including fast track, high acuity, trauma bay and triage. She was the team leader for all emergency room departments, overseeing up to four nurses during each shift and functioning as a preceptor to new nurses.
Smyrski received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C., and her associate’s degree from Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Trauma Nursing.
“I enjoy getting to know my patients and the unique physical, emotional and social support they need,” said Smyrski. “I believe in treating the whole person, as well as promoting a patient-centered approach to care. I look forward to partnering with my patients and their families at Asheville Cardiology Associates to make sure they get the best care possible.”
In her free time, Smyrski enjoys mountain biking, running and traveling with her husband. She has completed five marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
Asheville Cardiology Associates, PA, is dedicated to compassionate, cost-effective cardiac care of the highest quality. To make an appointment with Asheville Cardiology Associates, please call (828) 274- 6000.
About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction.
Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates five hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub- specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 795 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 9,500 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission- health.org.