(March 20, 2020) Atlantic General Hospital and Health System has recruited a number of advanced practice providers – certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants – to the Eastern Shore in recent months as part of its efforts to improve access to health care for a growing population.
The healthcare organization continues to recruit for primary care providers as well as specialists in the fields of general surgery, orthopedic surgery and gastroenterology to address long wait times for appointments in a region that is categorized by the federal government as medically underserved.
New Atlantic General Health System Medical staff include:
Carrie Dawes, CPNP, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with Atlantic General Health System.
Dawes has more than 15 years of experience in advanced practice, having cared for children in both primary care and acute care settings.
Prior to joining Atlantic General Health System, she worked at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children as well as the pediatric trauma and surgery unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dawes holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villa Julie College in Baltimore and earned her Master of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing from University of Maryland School of Nursing.
She provides care alongside Drs. Laura Stokes and Anita Pascucci at Atlantic General Pediatrics in West Ocean City.
Dawes’s arrival has made it possible for the practice to begin offering evening and Saturday appointments. To schedule an appointment, call 443-728-1004.
Kathleen Morris, DNP, FNP – C, has joined Atlantic General Health System to practice with Dr. Sally Dowling at Atlantic General Primary Care in Selbyville, Delaware.
Over the last 11 years, Morris has worked in Atlantic General Hospital’s medical/surgical and intensive care units where she provided patient care, and trained and supervised other nurses in her roles as charge nurse and preceptor.
Morris earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University in 2014 and continued her studies with a Master’s Degree in leadership and education in nursing followed by her family nurse practitioner degree. Most recently, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Wilmington University.
Morris is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
To schedule an appointment, call Atlantic General Primary Care in Selbyville at 302-436-8004.
Corinna Kirkpatrick, PA-C, joined Atlantic General Health System in January to provide care alongside Drs. Lei Gong and Oswaldo Nicastro at Atlantic General Primary Care, in Ocean Pines.
Kirkpatrick has more than eight years of experience as a physician assistant, with a diverse background in urgent care, family medicine, geriatric care, occupational medicine, and addictions treatment.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies from King’s College, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where she also earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
Kirkpatrick is currently accepting new patients. Call 410-208-9761.
Gregory Wilkinson “G.W.” Smith, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant with Atlantic General Health System.
He joined Atlantic General Primary Care in Ocean View, Delaware, in February to provide care alongside Dr. Kieran Py, and also cares for patients at the health system’s West Fenwick location.
Smith earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, gaining clinical experience in his rotations in emergency medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, and internal medicine and surgery at physician practices and healthcare organizations across the Eastern Shore.
He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Maryland, Baltimore and was a freelance writer for the Baltimore Examiner, Towson Times, and other publications prior returning to school.
Smith is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
He is currently accepting new patients. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 302-541-4460.
Alison Lathroum, PA-C, is a physician assistant at Atlantic General Internal Medicine, in Berlin.
Raised in Worcester County, Lathroum is a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Towson University, where she played Division I lacrosse, before attending Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
Lathroum returned to the Eastern Shore in 2015 to begin caring for patients in her community.
She provides primary care to adult patients alongside internist Edwin Castaneda, MD.
She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 410-629-0041.
Physician assistantcSarah Abdella, PA-C, has joined Atlantic General Health System to practice with Dr. Sally Dowling at Atlantic General Primary Care in Selbyville, Delaware.
Abdella earned her bachelor of science in interdisciplinary health sciences and Spanish from Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she earned the Ruth Kirby Scholarship and the Dean’s Scholarship to study abroad.
She went on to complete the physician assistant program at University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2015 and recently earned a doctorate in medical science from the University of Lynchburg, in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Abdella has more than four years of clinical experience in behavioral health and hospital medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants. To schedule an appointment, call Atlantic General Primary Care at 302-436-8004.
Nurse practitioner Michael Boyle, CRNP, joined Atlantic General Health System in November to provide primary care alongside Dr. Kieran Py in Ocean View, Delaware as well as the health system’s West Fenwick location.
Boyle was a nurse for eight years, working primarily in critical care, before earning his Master of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University to become a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP), in May 2019.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, as well as his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
Boyle is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
He has been serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves since 2011 and currently holds the rank of captain. Appointments can be made by calling Atlantic General Primary Care at 302-541-4460.
For more information about these providers or other members of the Atlantic General Health System Medical Staff, visit www.agh.care/aghs.