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Lauren Kutac, FNP-B

Lauren K. Cull, FNP-CLauren Kutac, FNP-B, is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Hospitalist at Lavaca Medical Center. She attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for the first 2 years of her undergraduate degree before being accepted to The University of Texas Health & Science Center in Houston. From there, Lauren graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Lauren worked at Methodist Hospital as a RN in the medical center located in Houston, and then returned to The University of Texas Health & Science Center to obtain her Masters degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner – MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing. Lauren completed her FNP in 2 years.

After completing her Masters, Lauren worked in Sealy, Texas at an urgent care center and medical clinic as a Family Nurse Practitioner. After a year of work in Sealy, she returned to Hallettsville to work at Lavaca Medical Center as a Hospitalist.

Lauren Kutac, FNP-B, has been a member of the Lavaca Medical Center team since April 2006.

Family Nurse Practitioner: A Family Nurse Practitioner is a Primary Care certification. With this certification, a FNP can serve as a primary/specialty health care provider under a physician. A Family Nurse Practitioner educates and counsels patients, prescribes medications, can diagnose patient illnesses and conditions, and can treat those diagnoses. A Family Nurse Practitioner is able to serve as a patient’s sole health care provider and can run their own practice under this certification.

Hospitalist: Lauren’s role as a Hospitalist at LMC consists of seeing the patients of Dr. Clemons, Dr. Kraemer, Dr. Wilkinson, and Concord ER physicians while they are in the hospital as inpatients. She assists Dr. Kraemer and Dr. Wilkinson by caring for their inpatients while they are seeing other patients in the clinic for regular appointments.

A Hospitalist generally provides services to inpatients who have no PCP (Primary Care Physician) or those whose PCP cannot visit the patient in the hospital for some reason. Hospitalists admit, care for, and discharge patients, as well as perform procedures based on their hospital privileges. They participate in team meetings, hospital rounding (visits to inpatients), document in patient charts, and are aware of the patients’ treatment plans. Hospitalists also have the authorization to assess and manage medications, order and review laboratory and diagnostic tests, and coordinate patient transitions (discharge, transfer, etc.).