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Nurse Practitioners


The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health's certified nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have completed advanced education (a minimum of a master's degree) and specialized training. They work closely with our physicians in both the office and hospital settings. They deliver individualized care and emphasize prevention, wellness and patient education.
 

Melvin J. Buck APRN, MSN, ACNP-BC

Mr. Buck is an acute care nurse practitioner with a background in cardiology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, and internal medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of West Virginia and his master’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. He is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Cardiology. He has a special interest in electrophysiology.


Sherri Delgado, CRNP

Ms. Delgado earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Albright College in 1987, followed by a Master of Science in nursing from Villanova University in 1997 with an adult nurse practitioner specialty.
 

Ms. Delgado is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner and critical care registered nurse.  Her clinical interests include general cardiology and heart failure.


Heather Diffendall, MSN AGACNP-BC, CCRN

Ms. Diffendall received a Bachelor of Science in nursing as well as a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Millersville University. After spending over a decade in the Intensive Care Unit at Lancaster General Hospital as a bedside nurse, she received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in the adult and gerontological acute care population.

She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and has specialty certification as a CCRN and AGACNP. She works with the inpatient general cardiology team. She has a special interest in patient education and providing a team-based approach to care involving patients and their loved ones.


Donna Fiorini, CRNP, ACNP-BC

Ms. Fiorini earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College and her master's degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed the acute care nurse practitioner program. She has served as a clinical preceptor in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hall University, and in the adult nurse practitioner program at Villanova University.
 

In addition to her membership in several professional societies, Ms. Fiorini has lectured extensively and contributed to studies in the field of cardiovascular medicine. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure Society of America, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. She is board certified as an adult critical care nurse practitioner and has a special interest in heart failure.


Patrice Gruver, CRNP

Ms. Gruver earned her bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing from Millersville University. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and completed the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pennsylvania.


She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, and Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. Ms. Gruver's clinical interests include general cardiology and internal medicine. 

Elise Hartranft, CRNP

Elise Hartranft  earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Immaculata College and a master’s in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified registered nurse practitioner with a focus on cardiovascular and critical care medicine. She is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Society of Clinical Research Associates, and American College of Cardiology.


Joette C. Hughes, CRNP, MSN

Ms. Hughes received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University, and subsequently received a Master of Science in Nursing also from Rutgers. She also possesses a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
 

Ms. Hughes is certified by the ANCC as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She is an associate member of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the National Lipid Association, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
 

Ms. Hughes' interests include risk factor management, with a focus on patient education.


Connie D. Kiser, DNP, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC

Connie Kiser earned doctoral in nursing from the nursing and masters of science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as an adjunct professor in the nursing program at Millersville University.

She is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner and critical care registered nurse. 


Kimberly Landis, CRNP

Ms. Landis earned bachelor's degree in nursing from Eastern Mennonite University and her master's degree in nursing from Millersville University. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner.


Nicole Leach, CRNP, MSN

Ms. Leach received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from York College of Pennsylvania. Her Master of Science degree includes a specialty of adult/gerontology nurse practitioner. Ms. Leach is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is also Orthopedic Nurse Certified. Prior to joining The Heart Group, she worked with patients at York Hospital for 13 years. Most recently, Ms. Leach has become an adjunct clinical faculty member at Harrisburg Area Community College. She is Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified.
 


Karen F. Lewis, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRN

Ms. Lewis received her RN Diploma in Nursing in 1980 at Presbyterian School of Nursing, Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. She completed her bachelor's degree from Immaculata University in 2007 and her received her master of science in Nursing from Widener University in 2012.
 

Ms. Lewis is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well as certification in critical care nursing (CCRN). She has worked in the cardiac catheterization lab and is interested in general, interventional and heart failure and well as congenital heart disease.


Jill Martin, CRNP, MSN, CCRN

Ms. Martin earned her master of science in nursing from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Olivet Nazarene University. She is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner. In addition to general cardiology, Ms. Martin’s interests include critical care medicine, mild therapeutic hypothermia post cardiac arrest and patient education. Ms. Martin is a member of AANP, PCNA and PCNP.

 

Nicole Newman, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN

Kathy Nissley

Ms. Newman received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Eastern Mennonite University. After spending ten years working in the intensive care unit as a staff nurse, she returned to school and obtained her Master of Science in nursing from Drexel University, specializing in the adult and gerontological acute care population.

Ms. Newman is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and has specialty certification as a CCRN.


Kathleen M. Nissley, CRNP

Kathy Nissley

Ms. Nissley earned her bachelor¹s degree and master¹s degree in Nursing from Millersville University. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
 

Ms. Nissley has a special interest in heart failure management and served as the program coordinator at Lancaster General Hospital. She is a member of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses.




 

Consolate Oburu-Bindom, RN, MSN, NP-C

Kathy Nissley

Ms. Oburu-Bindom received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Excelsior College and her master's degree from Widener University's Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
 

She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and has certification in Cardiac-Vascular Nursing. She is a member of AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners) and PCNP (Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners). She has a special interest in general cardiology and critical care medicine.

 


Lisa D. Rathman, MSN, CRNP, CCRN

Lisa Rathman is the lead nurse practitioner of The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health CHF clinic in Lancaster, PA. She also practices as a nurse practitioner at The Heart Group and Lancaster General Hospital CHF program.
 

Ms. Rathman developed an outpatient heart failure program at The Heart Group in 1998. In 2001, she was a member of the core team that developed the inpatient heart failure program at Lancaster General Hospital.
 

Ms. Rathman earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware in 1990, followed by a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, with an Adult Critical Care Nurse Practitioner specialty. She is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She is the past secretary and one of the founding members of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She is past chair of the publication committee of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. Currently, she is the chair of the Development Committee for the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She is a member of the Heart Failure Society of America, American College of Cardiology, American College of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.


Jill Boone Schaeffer, CRNP

Ms. Schaeffer received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Bloomsburg University in 1984. After earning a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 as a critical care clinical nurse specialist, she returned for a Post-Masters Certificate in 1999, with an adult critical care nurse practitioner specialty.
 

Ms. Schaeffer is board certified as an acute care nurse practitioner and critical care registered nurse. She is a Fellow in the Heart Rhythm Society and holds certifications by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners as a certified cardiac device specialist and certified electrophysiology specialist.


Steven G. Szablewski, MSN, CRNP

Mr. Szablewski earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from La Salle University in 2006. In 2013, he earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. He is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

Mr. Szablewski is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. His clinical interests include general cardiology and electrophysiology.


Jennifer Wardle, CRNP

Ms. Wardle earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Californian University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in nursing from West Virginia University. She completed her post-master’s adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner degree at the University of Pennsylvania.




 
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