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Morris Hospital expands medical services in area

Nurse practitioner added in Dwight, Gardner

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 9:08 a.m. CST

Morris Hospital has expanded the availability of medical services at its Dwight and Gardner Healthcare Centers with the addition of Kathy Ulivi, a certified family nurse practitioner.

At the Dwight Healthcare Center, Ulivi joins Dr. Mark Passerman, while, at the Gardner Healthcare Center, she joins Dr. Jennifer Thomas.

Dr. Passerman and Dr. Thomas are both family medicine physicians.

Nurse practitioners are specialized nurses who have completed extensive additional education and training and have a significantly expanded scope of practice.

Ulivi holds a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, allowing her to order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose disease, provide appropriate treatments, and prescribe medications.

She sees patients of all ages and is qualified to serve as patients’ primary health care provider.

Ulivi says she encourages her patients to participate in developing their plan of care, encompassing all aspects of physical, emotional and spiritual well being.

Ulivi received her bachelor’s of nursing and master’s of nursing education degrees from Lewis University in Romeoville. She also holds a master’s of nursing family nurse practitioner degree from Olivet Nazarene Univer-sity.

Prior to becoming a family nurse practitioner, Ulivi served in a variety of nursing roles at Morris Hospital over the past 29 years.

In addition to being a certified diabetic educator and an oncology certified nurse, she is board certified in pain management.

With the addition of Ulivi, the Dwight and Gardner Healthcare Centers are now open for patient services Monday-Friday.

The Dwight Health-care Center is located at 101 S. Prairie Avenue in Dwight.

The Gardner Healthcare Center is located at 409 N. Route 53 in Gardner.

Both offices offer free blood pressure screenings to the community during office hours.

To schedule a free meet-and-greet appointment with Kathy Ulivi or one of the other providers, call the Dwight Healthcare Center at (815) 584-3291 or the Gardner Healthcare Center at (815) 237-0413.

Serving patients in 18 communities, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers includes the 89-bed Morris Hospital, as well as the Braidwood, Channahon, Dwight, Gardner, Marseilles, Minooka, Morris and Newark Healthcare Centers.

Through the services of over 1,600 healthcare professionals, physicians and volunteers, Morris Hospital provides a Level II trauma center, lifesaving cardiac care with angioplasty and stents, radiation therapy center for cancer patients, Level II perinatal care provider with an intermediate care nursery, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, a dedicated pediatric unit, and immediate care services at two locations.

Founded in 1906, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is the largest employer in Grundy County.

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