Camden Family Care adds nurse practitioner

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CAMDEN — Nurse Practitioner Kristen Orts, MSN, CNM, FNP-C has joined the staff of Camden Family Care and is accepting new patients of all ages. Located at 5 Masonic Avenue, Rome Memorial Hospital’s primary care practice is a certified Patient Centered Medical Home that provides care for adults and children.

Orts graduated from Utica College in 2008 with her bachelor’s degree in nursing and advanced her training with a master’s degree in nurse midwifery and post-graduate certification as a family nurse practitioner from Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, Ky.

“We are pleased to have Kristen join our staff at Camden Family Care,” said Kristen Hutchins, Rome Memorial Hospital’s director of primary care facilities. “Kristen is committed to educating patients so they can be active participants in their care, which is consistent with our values as a Patient Centered Medical Home.”

Orts started her career as a labor and delivery nurse before she became a midwife and nurse practitioner. For the last three years, she has been providing obstetric and gynecological care to women of all ages in Syracuse. She has been an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant since 2013.

“Drawing from my midwifery experience, patient education, shared decision making and promoting wellness are the cornerstones of my practice as a nurse practitioner,” Orts said. She transitioned from women’s health to family practice because of the opportunity to influence the health of the entire family from childhood through their senior years.

“The health of a family is often inter-related,” she said. “In family practice, we have the opportunity to establish long-term relationships with our patients to help them be as healthy as they can be throughout every stage of life.”

“I meet patients where they are and provide them with personalized care so they know their individual risks and available options, so they can make informed decisions,” Orts said. “For patients who are exploring alternative medicine options, I want to be a trusted resource to help them navigate what is safe and evidence-based.”

Orts is encouraged that patients are beginning to schedule appointments for preventative care that they’ve delayed because of Covid-related concerns.

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 41 percent of adults have delayed or avoided medical care, including emergency care and routine screenings.

“It’s especially important for people with underlying chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure to stay connected,” Orts said. 

“Camden Family Care has taken extra precautions to protect patients when they visit the office. In addition, telemedicine has provided patients with more options to get the care that they need. We’re here to help you get your health back on track,” Hutchins said.

Camden Family Care provides primary care for children and adults. To schedule an appointment, please call 315-245-3192.

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