There are currently more than a dozen nurses working in various capacities and programs at Trilogy, and the value these nurses bring to the organization becomes apparent in the stories of their impact on clients’ lives. Dr. Alice Geis describes an account from this summer when, “A client presented at the clinic with symptoms he had been experiencing for weeks. The registered nurse (RN), TJ Thurlow, identified the symptoms as those of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the leg, which when left untreated, can travel to the lung and become fatal.” A nurse practitioner on staff confirmed the likely diagnosis of DVT and the client was escorted by staff to a nearby hospital for urgent attention. Considering the crucial role nurses play at Trilogy, it is hard to imagine that less than 10 years ago, there were no nurses employed at the organization.
In 2008, opportunities in the field of nursing at Trilogy consisted of academic projects for nursing students. At the time, two advanced practice nursing students from Rush University College of Nursing (RUCON) were engaged in the process of developing an assessment of the medical and coordination needs of the clients. This project required an RN facilitator on site, and Dr. Geis, a faculty member at RUCON at the time, agreed to act as facilitator after hearing about it through her faculty chairperson. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Geis accepted an offer to join Trilogy in an official capacity as Medical Services Coordinator (MSC), a position made possible through a small foundation grant received that same year. Dr. Geis remains engaged with the Faculty Practice program at RUCON, maintaining a formidable relationship between the two organizations.