BELINGTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Barbour Community Health Association (BCHA) proudly announces that Rhonda Parker, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, has been honored with the prestigious 2024 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Award for Excellence in West Virginia.
A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Parker has been an integral part of BCHA since 2020, specializing in assisting patients dealing with stress, depression, anxiety, addiction concerns, and other mental health challenges.
Expressing her gratitude, Parker stated, “I am honored to receive the AANP State Award of Practitioner Excellence for West Virginia. This award reflects the larger work being done here at BCHA and in our community. I have been blessed to have wonderful mentors, colleagues, and patients who have all contributed to this recognition.”
The State Award for Excellence, presented annually to a nurse practitioner in each state demonstrating outstanding clinical care, will be bestowed upon Parker during the AANP’s annual national conference in June 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Eric Ruf, CEO of BCHA, commended Parker for her pivotal role in guiding patients and enhancing access to mental healthcare in West Virginia.
“Rhonda has a unique ability to connect with patients and their families and help them get through tough life circumstances and specific situations where they may be struggling,” Ruf noted.
Parker emphasized the rewarding nature of consistently supporting patients during difficult times and expressed her gratitude for the recognition.
“As a nurse practitioner, I have an opportunity and distinct ability to make a direct, positive impact on human life. I attribute my success to a great medical team and the patients who have trusted me and allowed me to participate in their care. I’m thankful for everything that’s happened in my life.”
Parker holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (2013) and a Master of Science degree in Nursing (2010) from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky.
Additionally, she is a 2002 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Board-certified as an advanced practice registered nurse, specializing as a family nurse practitioner, and with the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), Parker is also credentialed with the hospice and palliative care center as an advanced certified hospice and palliative nurse.
Belington Medical and Myers Clinics are federally qualified health service centers dedicated to providing comprehensive medical and behavioral health care services.