PCH/FMC Honors Its Nurse Anesthetists

PCH/FMC Honors Its Nurse Anesthetists


Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center recognizes the quality work of its Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) during National CRNA Week, January 22-28.

This national recognition week began in 2000, and is celebrated the last full week in January. The role of CRNAs continues to expand, being identified as the key to delivering the safest, highest quality, most cost-effective anesthesia care in today’s changing healthcare environment.

CRNAs are advanced practice nurses with graduate-level education in anesthesiology. They safely administer 43 million anesthetics to Americans each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia in rural communities like PCH/FMC.

At PCH/FMC, four CRNAs provide anesthesia services to surgical patients. They are: David Grazaitis, CRNA, APN, manager of anesthesia services; Lee Webber, CRNA, APN; Maribeth McCormack, CRNA, APN; and Adam Schneider, CRNA, APN.

Additionally, Grazaitis, Webber, and McCormack have a specialty training certificate in pain management and ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks, and provide anesthesia to patients in PCH’s Pain Management Clinic. Schneider is pursuing this specialty training certificate and will be certified in pain management in June.

In 2014, PCH became a clinical site for graduate-level nursing students with specialty training in anesthesia. Through PCH’s direct affiliation program with Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville (SIU-E), nurse anesthetist students perform clinical rotations at the hospital as part of their education. Under the direction of the clinical instructors, the students administer anesthesia to surgery patients, as well as patients in the Pain Management Clinic.

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