A nurse practitioner who specializes in neurosurgery has been elected to serve on the medical board of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, located on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Amanda Brill is believed to be one of a few Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) in the country to serve as an elected member at-large on a hospital medical executive committee.
Advanced Practice Providers perform key functions throughout UCH and UCHealth’s networks of hospitals and clinics. APPs include physician assistants (PA-Cs), nurse practitioners (NPs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), and anesthesia assistants (C-AAs).
APPs are considered full voting members of the medical staff, and three years ago, were granted the opportunity to stand for election to University of Colorado Hospital’s medical board.
Since 2002, Brill has worked as an acute care nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurosurgery, working with Dr. Robert Breeze, and other outstanding neurosurgeons, neurologists and APPs. Throughout her career as a faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Brill has provided medical care for patients both in the hospital and in outpatient clinics. She specializes in neurovascular, tumor and gamma knife radiosurgery. Since becoming the neurosurgery department’s first APP in 2002, Brill has been joined by an additional 14 APPs and provides leadership to her colleagues along with excellent patient care.
“We are proud to have APPs with full medical staff voting privileges. Adding Amanda to our medical board is a critical milestone. We hope to be a model for other institutions as we recognize and reward APPs for their contributions to hospitals and patients,” said Dr. Ethan Cumbler, president of the UCH medical staff.
“I am enthusiastic about working with inter-professional care teams and providing a voice for the medical staff members,” said Brill. “As an APP, I value team-based care and work with attending physicians, resident physicians and medical learners on a daily basis, and promote working as a coherent care team with our nursing staff and allied health staff.”