As a neurosurgery nurse, she cared for hospitalized patients who had a wide range of neurological conditions. But the patients who had strokes were the most heartbreaking.
“A lot of times, what caused the stroke was uncontrolled high blood pressure or high cholesterol — and they didn’t realize it until it was too late,” said Ecaterina Cosentino, a newly hired nurse practitioner at Nuvance Health Medical Practice. “That’s really what drove me to want to go into primary care; I want to help my patients live long, healthy lives.”
Cosentino is located in the Ridgefield primary care and pediatrics office. Named after her grandmother, “Cat,” as she’s affectionately known, sees children and adults.
She was 10 when her family came to America from Moldova for better opportunities. They settled in New Jersey. She moved to upstate New York when she chose Rochester University for studying biology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she realized she wanted to be bedside with patients, so she spent another year at the university earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing.
That led to a six-year career at Strong Memorial Hospital, a designated stroke center in Rochester, where her passion for health prevention and education grew and grew.
To fulfill her dream of being a nurse practitioner, she completed a master’s degree program in nursing at Saint John Fisher College in Monroe County, NY. At Rochester’s Highland Family Medicine and Tri-County Family Medicine, she finished her family medicine residency requirements.
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