Laura Ardizzone Appointed to NQF Patient Safety Steering Committee
Laura Ardizzone, CRNA, DNP, DCC, has been appointed to the National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Patient Safety Steering Committee. This multidisciplinary steering committee will evaluate measures related to patient safety that can be used for accountability and public reporting for all populations and in all settings of care.  Measures to be evaluated by this committee will cover topics such as healthcare-associated infections, medication safety, imaging safety, all-cause and condition specific admission measures, condition-specific readmissions, and measures examining length of stay. More information on the work of the steering committee can be found at
Ardizzone is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She received her Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Columbia University, where she also completed a post-doctoral clinical fellowship.  She is currently the chief CRNA at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Columbia University. She serves as an elected board member of the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists, is appointed to the AANA National Peer Assistance Committee and the Advisory board of the Hillman Alumni Association, and is an officer in Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Zeta.

Joseph Pellegrini Appointed to the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care
Joseph E. Pellegrini, CRNA, BS, MS, DNP, PhD, has been appointed as the AANA representative to the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care. This multidisciplinary council is a consortium of organizations across the spectrum of women's health who have come together to promote safe healthcare for every woman. The council’s purpose is to reduce harm to patients by fostering investigation to better understand the causation of harm; programs and tools to implement patient safety initiatives; education to promote patient safety; dissemination of patient safety information; and a healthcare culture of respect, transparency, and accountability. More information about the council can be found at
Pellegrini is an Associate Professor and Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Specialty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Dr. Pellegrini received his PhD, DNP, and MS degrees from Rush University. He also holds a BS in Nurse Anesthesia from George Washington University and a BS in Nursing from Montana State University. He is a recipient of the AANA’s “Researcher of the Year Award” and is a well-published author, including publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and numerous speaking engagements.
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Aquino Receives Humanitarian Award
Nelson Aquino, CRNA, MS, received Seton Hall University’s Humanitarian Award in January. Aquino, a 1997 graduate of the university, is a nurse anesthetist at Children’s Hospital Boston. He provides anesthesia for a variety of pediatric cases, including heart disease. Aquino discovered his love for helping others through his volunteer work with organizations like Heart Care International, which organizes mission trips to deliver quality healthcare to children with life threatening diseases in developing countries. He has been to the Dominican Republic, Ramallah, Gaza Strip, and El Salvador.
Aquino was part of the Haiti Disaster Relief in 2010. Aquino is a member of a number of professional associations, including the American Assembly of Men in Nursing, Society of Pediatric Anesthesia, Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society, and the AANA. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Nu Chapter. 

Buchholz Recognized for Commitment to Global Health
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) announced that Robert James Buchholz, Jr., CRNA, MSNA, is a recipient of the ninth annual HVO Golden Apple Award. As part of its World Health Day observances, HVO created this award to recognize the extraordinary educational contributions of volunteers to international program sites. Each volunteer honored with this award has demonstrated a strong commitment to HVO’s educational mission by working on curriculum development, teacher training, didactic or clinical training, or the enhancement of educational resources.
Buchholz is a nurse anesthetist who served as an HVO volunteer in Belize providing clinical training to nurse anesthesia students. As the first HVO clinical instructor in the project, he paved the way for students to gain invaluable clinical experience in the operating theater setting. With an approachable demeanor and thorough clinical teaching, Buchholz held the University of Belize students to high standards in their training at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. His impact on the project was readily apparent. He created student-preceptor relationships that encouraged free communication and positive reinforcement of clinical skills and professional behavior, which provided the students with confidence at a critical point in their training. His commitment to the students and the project has continued through ongoing communication with future HVO volunteers, giving them the background information to ensure that the needs of the students in Belize are appropriately met.
Buchholz earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his nursing degree from Concord Hospital School of Nursing. He received his CRNA from Tufts/New England Medical Center and his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of New England.
He worked as an anesthetist in New Hampshire at the Concord Hospital, where he was clinical coordinator of training for the master’s-level nurse anesthetist residents for eight years. In addition to serving as a clinical instructor for the New Hampshire Technical Institute, he has been on the adjunct clinical faculty for the University of New England.
Buchholz was a U.S. Army Captain when he served on active duty for Operation Desert Storm, and he was a Captain with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Buchholz is a member of the AANA, the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association, and the New Hampshire Association of Nurse Anesthetists, where he has held a variety of leadership positions.
“I am very pleased that the contributions made by Robert Buchholz towards improving the delivery of anesthesia are being recognized with this award,” said Nancy Kelly, HVO’s executive director. “By highlighting the accomplishments of volunteers like Mr. Buchholz, we hope to raise awareness of global health issues and encourage others to work towards better health care around the world.”
Health Volunteers Overseas is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education. HVO volunteers build local capacity by providing healthcare professionals in developing countries with the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to address the healthcare needs of their communities.

Burkard Chosen as AACN’s Faculty Policy Intensive Fellow
Joseph Burkard, CRNA, DNSc, associate professor, University of San Diego, was chosen to attend the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) second annual Faculty Policy Intensive March 24-27, 2014, Washington, D.C. This fullyfunded, four-day immersion program is designed for faculty at AACN member schools who are interested in actively pursuing a role in healthcare and nursing policy. The 2014 cohort was chosen from a highly competitive pool of more than 30 applications nationwide, and the eight selectees had the opportunity to enhance their existing knowledge of policy and advocacy through sessions designed to strengthen their understanding of the legislative process and the dynamic relationships between federal departments and agencies, national nursing organizations, and the individual advocate. At the conclusion of the Intensive, participants put their new advocacy skills to use as AACN Faculty Policy Fellows.

Calesnick Named President of Healing the Children® New Jersey
Diane Calesnick, CRNA, was appointed president of the board of trustees of Healing the Children® New Jersey, Inc., a nonprofit that provides access to medical care and related services for children in need in New Jersey and worldwide. She will remain co-director of the charity’s Medical Teams Abroad Program, a position she has held since 2009.
Calesnick joined the HTCNJ board of trustees in 2007. Calesnick began volunteering with HTCNJ in 1997, serving as a nurse anesthetist on overseas pediatric medical trips. She has participated in 28 volunteer pediatric surgical trips to countries including the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Morocco, Panama, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Calesnick also provides care for foreign children brought to the U.S. to receive medical treatment, both in her role as a nurse anesthetist and as a volunteer host parent.
A resident of Riverton, N.J., Calesnick is a graduate of Metropolitan Hospital School of Anesthesia in New York, St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, and St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Pennsylvania. She is a staff nurse anesthetist Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.

CRNA-Authored Article Wins Award
An article authored by nurse anesthetists was among those selected by a review panel of the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing for the 2014 Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award. The article, “Patients with aortic stenosis: who should undergo noncardiac surgery in a rural hospital?” was authored by H. Ruth Fletcher; CRNA, DNAP; Lisa R. Milhoan, CRNA, DNAP; Kirk Evans, CRNA, DNP; and Paul Austin, CRNA, PhD; and published in December 2013 issue of the journal. Candidates for this award were considered by a panel of perianesthesia nurses and independent reviewers from other specialties. Selection criteria for this award include journalistic style, originality, clarity of expression, relevance of content to the specialty, and overall contribution to the collection of published nursing knowledge.
Mary Hanna, RN, was a leader in the Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses, which publishes the journal. She served in many leadership positions at the state and national levels. Awards were presented April 28, 2014, during the opening ceremonies of ASPAN’s 33rd National Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.
At the time the article was written, Fletcher was a student in the Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice completion program at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas.

Perez Accepted into National Academies of Practice
Ernesto Perez, CRNA, DNP, ARNP, a practitioner and educator who lives in Palm Harbor, Fla., was accepted into the National Academies of Practice Jan. 6, 2014. The National Academies of Practice is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on the healthcare system. Distinguished practitioners and scholars are elected by their peers from ten different health professions to join the only interprofessional group of healthcare practitioners and scholars dedicated to supporting affordable, accessible, coordinated quality healthcare for all. Membership currently includes five categories: Distinguished Practitioners, Distinguished Scholars, Distinguished Public Policy Fellows, Associate Members and Members Emeriti.

AANA Past President Janice Izlar Seated on AAAASF Board of Directors and Standards Committee
The AANA is delighted to announce that Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP has been seated as the AANA’s representative on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) and will also serve on AAAASF’s Standards Committee. Dr. Izlar succeeds Jennifer Quicci, CRNA, MS, who represented the AANA with dedication for more than three years on the AAAASF board. 
A CRNA for more than three decades, Dr. Izlar is currently a clinical nurse anesthetist and the administrator of anesthesia services for the Georgia Institute for Plastic Surgery in Savannah, Ga. She received her Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., her Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) from Columbia University in New York, N.Y., and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (BS) from the University of Tulsa in Okla. She also earned a nurse anesthesia diploma from North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia in Winston Salem, N.C.
Dr. Izlar is the immediate past-president of the AANA and has held the AANA Board of Director positions of president-elect, vice president, and region 2 director. Additionally, she has served on numerous AANA committees and the AANA Foundation Board of Trustees. She has also represented the AANA in the past on the Joint Commission Professional and Technical Advisory Committee for Ambulatory Care (PTAC).
Dr. Izlar has served in many positions on the Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists (GANA) board of directors, including president, and has also served on several GANA committees. Additionally, she has served as chair of the Georgia Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Committee.
Currently, Dr. Izlar’s other leadership activities include serving on the technical expert panel for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Ambulatory Surgery Safety Program and Columbia University School of Nursing Board of Visitors. Dr. Izlar is also a national speaker on patient safety issues.
Dr. Izlar brings her anesthesia expertise and superb leadership abilities to her new role on the AAAASF Board of Directors.

Lynn Reede Appointed to National Quality Forum Surgery Measures Steering Committee
Lynn Reede, CRNA, DNP, MBA, has been appointed to the National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Surgery Measures Steering Committee. This Committee will work to identify and endorse new performance measures for accountability and quality improvement that specifically address surgical care processes, including cardiac, thoracic, vascular, orthopedic, neurosurgery, and general surgery. Additionally, the Committee will evaluate consensus standards previously endorsed by NQF under the maintenance process. More information on the work of this Committee can be found at
Dr. Reede joined the AANA in January 2013 as Senior Director of Professional Practice. In this role, she is responsible for providing staff leadership to the AANA’s Practice Committee in the development and revision of evidence-based anesthesia clinical practice guidelines, position statements, standards and member resources. She has served as AANA Region 6 director, member of the AANA Finance Committee, and two terms as president of the Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists. In addition to practicing as a CRNA, Dr. Reede has served as Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve Nurse Corps, a clinical site coordinator with the University of Akron School of Nurse Anesthesia, held administrative and leadership positions, and implemented quality initiatives related to the perioperative patient experience. She is a committed professional, focused on enhancing patient safety and quality improvement.

Taylor Organizes Prostate Cancer Golf Fundraiser
Spurred by his own experiences with prostate cancer, Kent Taylor, CRNA, organized a golf outing to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research. Seventy-two men participated in the Sept. 12 event at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, Columbia, Mo., raising more than $12,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. In addition, Safeway, Inc., matched the amount for another $12,000 donation. Taylor said the day also achieved its goal of getting men to speak more openly about prostate cancer. Heplans to make it an annual event.
“It was a lot better [than my expectations],” said Taylor. He said a representative from the Prostate Cancer Foundation attended the event and was amazed by the turnout. “He said first-timers will take notice and people who have [participated inevents] for years will take notice.” 
In September 2008, the hospital where Taylor works installed new laboratory equipment. Staff members came to the Anesthesia Department and were looking for male volunteers for blood draws so they could calibrate the new machines. He volunteered, and, about a week later, went to the lab and looked over the test results. The lab tech told him his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was elevated at 2.0. He was 53 at the time and, after 3-to-4 years of following the usual course of serial PSAs, had two biopsies that showed low-grade, low-volume prostate cancer.
Taylor read about golfer Arnold Palmer being a 20-year prostate cancer survivor and how he started a golf awareness program called. “Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer.” He contacted the Prostate Cancer Foundation in Santa Monica, Calif., and began organizing his own event connected with the PCF and Arnie’s Army. After many meetings and phone calls, the “Battle Columbia” golf day was a reality.
He said one of his reasons in organizing the day was to distract himself from his own circumstances.
“To just get involved,” he added. “Women are so well organized about getting the word out about breast cancer. Men tend to not be very organized.”
Four days after the golf tournament, Taylor’s PSA had risen to 7.7, close enough to the level of 8 that he and his surgeon decided was the time for treatment. A specialist in robotic surgery removed his prostate and, after only two weeks, he was recovered.
Taylor hopes all men will get screened for prostate cancer and speak openly and honestly about it to support others who might be at risk.
“I think it’s just fear,” he said. The effects of the golf day’s awareness efforts were evident firsthand to Taylor.
“I received six phone calls from guys who found out they had prostate cancer and said, ‘Hey, can we have coffee and talk?’” he said. Taylor plans to move the event to a different golf club in the area each year, but keep it in September, which is prostate cancer awareness month.
For more information about Battle Columbia, visit

Umadhay Receives Achievement Award from FIU
On October 19, Tony Umadhay, CRNA, PhD, ARNP, received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences 30th Anniversary Night-inGala. Umadhay, an FIU alum, was recognized for his leadership in nursing education and exceptional professional achievements. The evening was a celebration of 30 years of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at FIU and the $10 million milestone for the college.
The Outstanding Achievement Awards acknowledge a select group of FIU nursing alumni who have exceeded the expectations of commitment and contribution to the nursing profession. Five people were inducted this year.
Umadhay is director and assistant professor of the Master of Science Program in Anesthesiology at Barry University, Miami Shores, Fla. Originally from the Philippines, he completed his undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He obtained his Master of Science in Nursing from FIU and his Doctorate in Philosophy from Barry University. His current research interest focuses on minorities and vulnerable populations.
Umadhay is a practicing staff nurse anesthetist at University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital. In 2009, he was the recipient of the New York Life Doctoral Fellowship Award presented by the AANA Foundation.
Umadhay is immediate past president of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists and has served on the Innovative Item Committee of the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Kate Fry Named Public Affairs Council’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year
Kate Fry, AANA associate director of political affairs, has been named the Public Affairs Council’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Fry said she’s been active in Council programs for so long she has difficulty recalling exactly when she first got involved.
“I go to the conferences year after year, and I always enjoy the camaraderie,” she said. “People are always there to share their experiences and to help. I always derive a lot of benefit from my participation.”
Fry provides a great deal of value for other members, as well, says Council Vice President Sheree Anne Kelly. “Kate has been one of our most responsive members on requests related to PACs,” she said. “She volunteers to provide guidance to fellowassociation PAC professionals and is very generous in sharing career advice with them. She also provides feedback to the Council on our resources and services.”
Council President Doug Pinkham said, “Kate is very creative in her PAC work. She is helpful to us and to other members, and she embodies the spirit of this award by being a supportive peer within the political involvement community.”
Fry has attended 10 Council conferences since 2006, seven times as a participant and three times as a speaker. She also served on the PAC Conference Advisory Committee in 2012 and 2013, as well as the advisory group for the PAC benchmarking survey in 2011 and 2013, and she has been an active participant in the Political Involvement Network and the Association Micro-Network.
A graduate in history and political science from Dickinson College, Fry is a 10-year veteran of Capitol Hill and federal advocacy work. The Silver Spring, Md., native came to the AANA from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she served as director of grassroots and political advocacy.
“One thing I love about our work is the challenge of taking something that can carry so many negatives and presenting it in a creative way that people can relate to and understand,” said Fry. “While we always want to present ourselves in a professional manner, we should also be inventive and even fun in our approach. That’s how we communicate the importance of what we do in this profession. When we can do that, people understand and are proud to participate.”
The award, created in 2008, recognizes recipients’ contributions not only to the Council but also to the public affairs profession. The selection process begins with nominations from Council staff, and nominees are then voted on by the Executive Committee. The winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the fall board meeting, where he or she receives the award before senior-level executives and peers.

New Book Celebrates the History of Anesthesia
Evan Koch, CRNA, MSN; Susan Caulk, CRNA, MSN; and Karen Plaus CRNA, PhD, FAAN; have authored chapters in The Wondrous Story of Anesthesia, a new history of the discipline published by Springer ( 0). Edited by anesthesiologists Edmund Eger, MD; Lawrence Saidman, MD; and Rod Westhorpe, MD; the book includes contributions from more than 100 physicians, nurses, scientists, and representatives from industry. According to Koch, the book is the first in anesthesia history literature to include chapters written by and describing the work of both physicians and nurses in anesthesia. Koch wrote “The Evolution of Nurse Anesthesia in the United States,” a chapter that describes the factors which caused nurses to practice anesthesia, and the major contributions made by CRNAs to progress in anesthesia. Caulk and Plaus collaborated on a chapter titled “Development of the Certification Examination by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (1933-2012),”which discussed in detail the many steps involved in composing the certifying exam. Many of the book’s authors attended a gala dinner at the Metropolitan Club in San Francisco celebrating the book’s launch on Oct. 12, 2013. Guests recounted stories both humorous and serious to honor the editors, who labored for 12 years on the project.

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