Procedures requiring anesthesia will be provided by Lake Region Healthcare's certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). Our CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses with specialized graduate-level education in anesthesiology. They safely provide anesthesia in many different hospital settings. Types of anesthesia may include general, regional (nerve blocks) and sedation techniques.
In addition to operating room responsibilities, the CRNAs provide 24-hour coverage for labor and delivery and the Emergency Department and participate in the trauma team. CRNAs at Lake Region Healthcare work collaboratively with your medical provider to ensure the anesthesia chosen for each patient provides the most effective pain relief and the fastest possible recovery.
With extensive experience and a commitment to compassionate care, you can be confident the CRNAs at Lake Region Healthcare will stay with you for the entire procedure, constantly monitoring and individually modifying your anesthetic to ensure maximum safety and comfort.
Meet our CRNAs
- Jonathan Anderson
- Henrik Bjorndahl
- Kyle Ellison
- Fritz Karsnia
- Jeff Olson
- Mark Schulz
- Tyler Scott
- Jason Zosel
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
You may or may not go to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), depending on the amount of anesthesia you received during your surgery. In the PACU, you will be closely monitored by a registered nurse until you are ready to go back to the Same Day Surgery area or to your pre-assigned room on one of the hospital units. You may be very sleepy and not remember much of your recovery. Rest assured that you will be kept warm and comfortable with medications for nausea and/or pain if needed. While you are waking up in the PACU, the surgeon will visit with your family to give them information about the surgery.