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Clevenger named Augusta University's 2018 Outstanding Young Alumnae for the College of Nursing

Carolyn ClevengerCarolyn Clevenger, Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships, was awarded Augusta University’s Outstanding Young Alumnae Award for the College of Nursing. Clevenger will be honored at Augusta University’s Alumni Weekend April 27-29, 2018.

The award honors 20 outstanding young alumni who made a significant impact in their chosen career field, their community and the university.

Dr. Clevenger is nationally recognized for her work in inter-professional education and the development of new care delivery models that expand the role and scope of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).

She co-founded and leads the Integrated Memory Care Clinic, Emory Healthcare’s first nurse-led medical home, focused exclusively on managing the primary care needs of older adults with dementia. The collaboration with Emory’s School of Medicine combines teamwork and information technology to reduce costs while improving both care and the patient experience. In its first year in operation, the clinic has reduced hospital admission rates for patients by 75 percent.

Her leadership and success with the clinic have made her a frequently sought expert on advanced practice provider-led models of primary care. She is the nurse faculty lead on inter-professional education collaboratives such as the Inter-professional Team Training Day(s) and Emory Senior Mentor program and serves as the Senior Nurse Scholar of the Atlanta VA Quality Scholars Advanced Fellowship program at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She chairs Emory’s Advanced Practice Provider Optimization Committee, where she led the development of an infrastructure to integrate advanced practice provider recruitment, retention and training efforts across the Emory. This included the centralization of clinical rotations for all advanced practice provider (APP) students through one office. She also-chairs Emory’s Subject Matter Expert team on Transformative models of care, where she advises the health system on how to review and implement new models of care.

She serves in leadership positions with several national advanced practice nursing and inter-professional organizations, including serving as president of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, where she has had direct influence on nursing educational standards, practice guidelines, and policy.

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