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The Nurse Practitioner Will See You Now~ Getting Primary Care Where You Shop

Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD
CEO, National Nursing Centers Consortium
Philadelphia, PA


Hansen-TurtonTine Hansen-Turton has over 15 years of experience in providing executive management and has led several national movements using nurse practitioners in a primary care provider role.

Tine, known to be an effective change agent, systems-thinker and effective policy advocate, assists organizations in building capacity, including developing and setting up health centers; provides technical assistance in the areas of fundraising and program development, policy development, health education, advocacy, program planning and health center management; conducts health policy research and outcome evaluation; establishes quality care indicators for nurse practitioner care; represents retail-based convenient care clinics and nurse-managed health centers at local, state and national executive and legislative branch levels; and gives regular public health testimonies.

Tine Hansen-Turton is the CEO the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), a non-profit organization supporting the growth and development of over 250 nurse-managed health centers, serving more than 2.5 million vulnerable people across the country in urban and rural locations. Tine has also been instrumental in positioning Nurse Practitioners as primary health care providers globally. She has raised over 300 million dollars to date from local, state, and government contracts and grants, Congressional appropriations, foundations, corporations, and individual and donor contributions.

Tine Hansen-Turton also serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). In her CSO capacity, she provides executive management and oversight of several public health initiatives and affiliate organizations and serves as the founding Executive Director for the Convenient Care Association (CCA), a national trade association of over 1250 emerging private-sector based retail clinics with the capacity to serve over 17 million people with basic health care services.

Tine’s accomplishments include, but are not limited to ensuring that Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Physician Assistants were defined as primary care providers in state laws; negotiating changes in managed care reimbursement policies nationally for nurse practitioners and physician assistants; ensuring that Nurse Practitioners receive prescriptive privileges in many states; developing and implementing various nationally-recognized health promotion and primary prevention programs; and securing over 300 million dollars in direct support to community-based health centers. Most recently she played an instrumental role in the inclusion of nurse-managed health clinics in the federal Affordable Care Act.

Tine writes and publishes for many peer-review professional healthcare and legal journals and is a regular presenter at local, state and national health care conferences. She is Co-Author of“Community and Nurse-Managed Health Centers: Getting them Started and Keeping them Going,” an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award Winner, “Nurse-managed Wellness Centers: Developing and Maintaining Your Center,” both published by Springer Publishing Company, and “Conversations with Leaders,” published by Sigma Theta Tau International. In 2009 she co-founded Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, anonline publication that brings a public focus to social innovators and their nonprofit organizations, foundations and social sector businesses in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Tine Hansen-Turton is a member of several organizations such as The Forum for Executive Women and the American and Pennsylvania Public Health Associations. She was recently inducted as a Fellow in the Philadelphia College of Physicians and an honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She is a Trustee at the Greentree Community Health conversion Foundation. Tine Hansen-Turton also serves on the board directors of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Health Promotion Council, Healthy Philadelphia and Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy Foundation. She also serves on numerous local and state-wide advisory boards.


Given the shortage of primary care physicians over the past 20 years, the primary care needs of the population will be met in the future with primary care nurses who are fully prepared to assume this role and who have the training and experience to provide quality services for the growing number of people who need primary care. These are not “second class” providers, but are first rate to a growing number of consumers who have had positive experiences with the care delivered.

3 Key Points:

  • Retail clinics have grown at a rapid rate because they are meeting the needs of people who want quality care in a location and at a time when it is convenient for the patient.
  • Many of these clinics have relationships with hospitals and other providers so that referrals can be made to support the patients with needed continuity of care and services.
  • Clinics are tied to other providers through an electronic medical record which supports the continuity of care with the patient’s primary care provider

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