Kellee Hedges Earns Plastic Surgery Certification

The Centre, P.C. announced that Kellee Hedges, FNP-BC, recently earned her CPSN, an elite certification for plastic surgery nurses. As one of only two nurse practitioners in Indiana with this designation, this certification allows Hedges to provide a higher level of post-operative patient care.

To be eligible to become a Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse, a candidate must have a minimum of two years of plastic surgical nursing experience, have at least 1,000 practice hours in plastic surgical nursing and pass a rigorous certification exam.

“We’re extremely pleased to announce Kellee’s certification,” said Dr. Ronald Downs, founder and president of The Centre, P.C. “Patient safety is critical to our practice. Just as my certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is important to our patients, having a CPSN on staff is an equal indicator of our commitment to patient care.”

Hedges earned her master’s degree, is a nurse practitioner and has been at The Centre, P.C. for three years.

The Centre, P.C. is a comprehensive plastic surgery practice that offers surgical and non-surgical solutions and delivers professional care to patients throughout northern Indiana and southern Michigan.

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Dr. Downs
Dr. Downs

Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Viscardi
Dr. Viscardi

Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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