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Patricia A. Mertes, F.N.P.

Position: Family Nurse Practitioner

Joined UHS: 2013

Medical interests:
Adolescent and young adult healthcare; care for underserved populations.

M.S., family nurse practitioner program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.; B.S., cum laude, nursing, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, Mass.

Professional background:
Nurse practitioner in a variety of settings, including the Dean Technical High School teen clinic, Holyoke, Mass.; an inpatient mental health unit at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, Mass.; and the Holyoke Health Center's sites in Holyoke and Chicopee, Mass. Additional nursing experience in school-based, independent and hospital-based programs serving populations ranging from children and adolescents to adult and geriatric clients.

Certifications and memberships:
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner; member, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society; commissioner, Holyoke Board of Health; volunteer medical consultant for Holyoke YMCA childcare programs. 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Clinician of the Year award from the Massachusetts Coalition of School-Based Health Centers.

More about me:
I speak Spanish and am an active volunteer on medical care and relief missions, including an annual trip to El Progreso, Honduras; and work as a volunteer healthcare provider for a migrant farmworker program. Past medical missions have included trips to Peru and Kenya, along with post-tsunami relief work in Sri Lanka. I enjoy family time spent with my husband and three young adult children. My husband and I are forming a nonprofit organization that will provide participants the opportunity to volunteer abroad and experience meaningful cultural exchange.