Jennings joins Patton practice
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 03, 2013

Marking its third anniversary on May 3, Patton Family Health welcomes advanced registered nurse practitioner Theresa Jennings to the staff.
Jennings graduated this month from the University of Iowa College of Nursing and earned her clinical hours by working with Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Emily Patton, which got her familiar with West Branch.

“I fell in love with the way the clinic runs -- it’s patient-centered care,” she said. “And I want to stay in this area.”

With her doctorate of nursing practice, she wants to focus on the clinical aspect of patient care -- a family practice for all ages. She may assess, diagnose and treat a wide variety of sicknesses, prescribe medications and do follow-up.

“I want to focus on education and empower patients,” she said. “I want to be an active member of their health care.”

Jennings earned a biology degree at the University of Northern Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in nursing at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.

While she will see “the smallest babies to people in their 100s,” areas of particular interest include diabetes, cardiology, pediatrics and preventing disease through health promotion. These require her to spend a lot of time educating the patient.

“I enjoy partnering with the patient, helping them manage (disease) and build understanding,” she said.

In fact, all of her interests carry a high degree of prevention training, she said.

Jennings will work four days a week at Patton Family Heath starting at the end of this month.

“I’m excited to get to know the patients and become part of the community of West Branch,” she said. “We’re going to focus on education and patient-centered, high-quality care.”

Patton Family Health will host an open house 4-7 p.m. May 9 for the community to meet Jennings.

Patton said she wanted to grow her practice since opening at 116 North First Street, and within five years expand to a larger space. Her motivation was to provide greater health education to more patients because she thinks “people are hungry for that.” And when her business manager, Kathy Frederick, ran the numbers, they determined the company could do it.

“On a weekly basis, we get new patients calling, wanting to see us,” Patton said.

She had interviewed and worked with others, but Jennings was “really the right person.”

“She is a good fit tempermentally, is a hard worker, is passionate and still knows how to have fun,” Patton said. “You’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself.”

Patton said Jennings offers patients a “holistic” approach that Patton wants to see.

Jennings is interested in building long-term relationships with her patients, and Patton is glad to see Jennings “passionate” for family health care in a rural setting.

“Not everyone wants to be in a small town,” she said.

Jennings and husband Adam have a son, Kellan, born in March. Her hobbies include “anything outdoors,” and music, especially live music.

Her family lives in Coralville and her parents and Adam’s family live within an hour’s drive.


Patton Family Health will host an open house 4 to 7 p.m. May 9 to mark its third anniversary and for the community to meet advanced registered nurse practitioner Theresa Jennings, who will join the practice at the end of the month. For more information, call the office at 319-643-3462.

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