OKLAHOMA CITY – When Jessica Mitchell was 5 years old, she suffered a severe illness that left her hospitalized. After what her pediatrician called a “miraculous recovery,” this Oklahoma native knew what she wanted to be when she grew up — a health care provider.
Now, Mitchell is a nurse practitioner specializing in adult and geriatric medicine. She joins Mercy Clinic Primary Care, located at 9100 North May Avenue in Oklahoma City.
“My experience as a patient inspired me to pursue a career where I could be of service to others,” said Mitchell. “At Mercy, I will apply an empathetic, holistic approach to alleviate suffering and provide improved quality of life.”
As a health care provider for more than 10 years, she realizes the importance of the partnership between the provider and patient. She believes tailored education and disease prevention make happier and healthier patients.
Mitchell received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and her master’s degree in nursing with an adult and geriatric specialty from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She earned Sigma Theta Tau honors with both degrees. She has previous experience as a traveling registered nurse, a laboratory technician and a phlebotomist.
In her free time, Mitchell and her husband are actively involved in their family farms near Enid, where they both grew up. They also enjoy church and family activities, traveling, scuba diving, fishing, hiking and gardening. Mitchell is an active member of the American Nurses Association, Oklahoma Nurses Association, and P.E.O. International, an organization that promotes educational opportunities for women.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Mercy Clinic is a physician-governed group of more than 2,000 medical providers across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, Mercy Clinic is more than 300 providers and 65 clinics statewide. With access to Mercy’s facilities, electronic health records, telemedicine and each other, Mercy Clinic providers can give their patients the best care available, regardless of the patient’s location. Patients of Mercy Clinic providers can connect to their own health records and health teams anywhere they connect to the Internet. For more information, visit www.mymercy.net.