Lillian Basner, FNP
2016 Rural Health Rock Star
I knew early on that I wanted to pursue a career in the health care field. While still in high school in Northern New Jersey, I began working in a very busy multi-specialty medical office. There I worked with 2 primary care physicians, an Ob/Gyn physician, and a RN who had recently received a nurse practitioner (NP) certification. Ellen was one of the first NPs in New Jersey.
The NP program was in its infancy at that time, and was originally developed to fill a growing gap in health care: patient education and wellness care with the goal of illness prevention. It was a role that initially focused on providing well child-care. I was inspired by the independence of practice, and especially the connection to the patients. It was then that I decided to pursue a career in health care. I continued working with this group of clinicians while pursuing my goal of becoming a registered nurse.
I received my BSN degree at William Paterson College of New Jersey in 1979.
My husband and I moved from New Jersey to California shortly after college, and I began my career as a RN at Sutter Sacramento, where I worked as the Assistant Head Nurse on an orthopedic surgery unit.
We subsequently moved to Ukiah, where I held several RN positions, in both acute care and private practice. One of these positions was with the private Internal Medicine practice of Dr. Bernard Lemke. With his encouragement and tutelage, I went on to obtain a Master’s Degree and FNP credentialing from Sonoma State University. I had the pleasure of working in joint practice with Dr. Lemke for a total of 15 years.
I additionally worked in two wonderful family practices, both with Dr. Andy Coren, who was my preceptor while obtaining my Master’s degree, as well as with Dr. Jon Hitzman.
Shortly after receiving my FNP degree, I joined Pacific Redwood Medical Group (PRMG), an independent professional medical group contracted with Ukiah Valley Medical Center to provide medical services in the Emergency room, Medical/Surgical/Intensive care units, and Occupational Medicine Department.
I am currently entering my 24th year of employment with PRMG, where I spent the first 16 years in the Emergency Department, and the last 8 years on the Hospitalist Service. I currently serve as the Assistant Director of the Hospitalist Department.
I hold additional administrative responsibilities for PRMG, including the Staffing and Scheduling for the many medical providers in all sites of our contracted work, and I have served several terms as the Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) representative on the Board of PRMG.
I am active on the medical staff of UVMC, where I am currently serving as the first FNP on the Medical Executive Committee. I am a member of the Interdisciplinary Committee and have previously served on the Credential’s Committee. I am part of the multi-disciplinary Palliative Care team, and have been part of the inpatient wound care team in the past.
I have worked as a Site Instructor for Stanford University Physician’s Assistant Program, supervising and teaching PA students in their clinical sites of preceptorship. I have also had the pleasure of precepting many PA and FNP students rotating thru the emergency room and the in-patient Hospitalist Service.
I was involved in the development of “Mendocino County Association of NP/PAs”, with the goal of joining our professions together for education, camaraderie, and addressing common issues faced in our practice.
The role of the NP has grown tremendously over the years, from its start as a provider seeing only well children, to what is now a role that encompasses literally all areas of medicine. APCs provide medical care to people of all ages, with all types of medical conditions, in both primary care and acute care settings. We have the privilege of providing the medical care patients need, as well as providing the teaching and education that is required for each person to address their health care needs.
My career path has taken many directions, but it has always been about taking care of people. My work as a NP in our community has brought me great joy and satisfaction. I truly believe this is what I was called to do. I love providing care to the community that I live in, and to the people that are my friends and neighbors. I am humbled by the trust that is placed in me daily, and strive every day to live up to that trust.
My husband and I have raised 2 wonderful sons in Ukiah. We have been very active in our community, in both St Mary’s School, as well as a multitude of sports programs. We have been a part of this wonderful community since 1983.
I thank you for the honor of this award.