Astria Health Nurse Practitioner receives post-graduate certification and transitions to the field of psychiatry.

Astria Health is pleased to announce that Esmeralda Chavez-Anderson, PMHNP, has stepped into a new role as a Behavioral Health provider. Until recently, she provided primary care to patients at Astria Health Center – Union Gap, as a Nurse Practitioner. She recently received her psychiatric certification, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), from Frontier Nursing University in Versailles, KY. PMHNPs have completed both bachelor’s and master’s degrees after first becoming RNs. Her services will include:

  • Diagnosing and treating mental health needs
  • Providing therapy and prescribing medications for patients with mental health disorders
  • Providing physical and psychosocial assessments
  • Emergency psychiatric care
  • Treatment effectiveness evaluations

Esmeralda is treating patients age 11 and up for conditions that include anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia and more. She has begun seeing patients in this capacity at Astria Health Center – Sunnyside on Edison.

“I love working in the Yakima Valley. I am passionate about providing care that values the individual needs of the patient, encourages culturally sensitive and holistic care, and promotes well-being by utilizing evidence-based care delivery.”

Ms. Chavez-Anderson has over 14 years of nursing experience, has been a family nurse practitioner (FNP) previously for Astria Health, and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  

“At Astria Health, we encourage our staff to continue to grow and expand their skills, and to focus on ways that they feel they make a significant impact on their patients. We are happy to see Ms. Chavez-Anderson continuing her education, and moving to a role where she feels she can impact the community in the most positive manner”, said Brian Gibbons, Astria Health President and Chief Executive Officer.

Esmeralda Chavez-Anderson is accepting new patients at Astria Health Center – Sunnyside at 2201 E. Edison. To schedule an appointment, please call (509) 837-4596.

Astria Health, headquartered in the heart of the Yakima Valley, is the largest non-profit healthcare system based in Eastern Washington. Astria Health is the parent organization of Astria Sunnyside Hospital and Astria Toppenish Hospital, along with 23 outpatient clinics offering primary care and specialty services, including but not limited to behavioral health, home health and hospice, neurosurgery, oncology, podiatry, rehabilitation therapy and sleep medicine. For more information, visit

Posted July 31, 2023

Astria Health Nurse Practitioner receives post-graduate certification and transitions to the field of psychiatry.

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