Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center joins in the national recognition of National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 12-18, 2017, to celebrate more than fifty years of practice. The week brings visibility to the role of the nurse practitioner, helping consumers make choices when selecting their healthcare provider. In the United States, this distinguished group of healthcare professionals numbers approximately 234,000 strong with an additional 23,000 nurse practitioner students graduating each year. Nurse practitioners offer a unique combination of nursing and healthcare service to patients. They integrate health promotion, disease prevention, counseling and patient education to help patients understand their complete health picture. Claxton-Hepburn believes that your tomorrow is worth defending and is proud to tout that we have thirteen nurse practitioners taking care of our patients. Shown in the top row are Martha Cole, Christine Couperus, Rita Crowley, and Nikita Goliber. In the second row are Hillary Heaton, Kenneth Hilborne, Jessicalee Hollis, and Angela Johnson. In the bottom row are Shivangi Modi, Katherine Richey, Stacey Ryan, Crystal Simmons, and Ryan Young.