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July 19, 2024

Study Reveals That Enhanced Diversity Engagement Reduces Burnout Among Anesthesia Providers

A recent study led by Andrea Ibarra, MD, MS, published in JCA Advances, highlights the beneficial impact of increased institutional diversity engagement on reducing burnout among anesthesia providers.
June 18, 2024

Celebrating Juneteenth

Tomorrow is Juneteenth! We take this moment to honor this pivotal day in American history. On June 19, 1865, the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom, marking an end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is not only a celebration of freedom but also a…
May 31, 2024

Celebrating Pride Month: A Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate diversity and inclusion within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community. We invite everyone to join us in showing support and solidarity as we make this Pride season the best one yet!
May 22, 2024

UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Celebrates Graduation of First Inaugural Diversity Mentorship Program Class

The UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Diversity Mentorship Program, coordinated by coordinated by Danielle Robinson and David A. Snyder, MSN, CRNA, celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class on May 14, 2024.
March 8, 2024

Rachel Hicks and Jessica Kridler Join Forces with M-PowerHouse to Inspire CRNA Careers

UPMC Shadyside nurse anesthetists Rachel Hicks, MSN, CRNA, and Jessica E. Kridler, MSN, CRNA, partnered with M-PowerHouse on February 22, 2024, unveiling a program to introduce high school students to the fulfilling vocational path of becoming a CRNA.
November 28, 2023

Veteran Spotlight: Dr. Paul Hoffmann Reflects on Military Service, Patient Care, and Veteran Needs

Paul Hoffmann, DO, is an anesthesiologist working at UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
November 20, 2023

Veteran Spotlight: John Jones, CRNA, Reflects on Personal Journey from Battlefield to Operating Room

John W. Jones, MSN, CRNA, works at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital as a nurse anesthetist in the anesthesiology department.
November 15, 2023

Veteran Spotlight: Laura Wiggins, CRNA, Reflects on Military Service and Leadership in Anesthesiology

Laura Wiggins, DNP, MSN, CRNA, Lt. Col. (retired), USAF, is one of the OB Clinical Coordinators for the Nurse Anesthesia Program and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She primarily works at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital as a CRNA.
October 20, 2023

UPMC ENABLED Introduces Students to Healthcare Careers at Disability Mentoring Day

The UPMC ENABLED employee resource group partnered with other UPMC groups to participate in Disability Mentoring Day at UPMC Mercy on October 18th.
June 14, 2023

Shadyside CRNA David Snyder Leads Diversity Mentorship Program

On Tuesday, June 13, the UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Diversity Mentorship Program was launched. Together with Danielle Robinson (Presbyterian Nursing), David A. Snyder, MSN, CRNA from UPMC Shadyside is leading the program, which targets emerging leaders among employees of color from the…
May 22, 2023

Pitt and UPMC Staff to Unite for White Coats Against Racism & Injustice Event

Please join Pitt and UPMC on May 25, 2023 for the White Coats Against Racism & Injustice Event. 
April 13, 2023

M-PowerHouse Medical Milestones Events Enlighten High School Students

Our Shadyside CRNAs Jessica E. Kridler, MSN, CRNA, and Rachel Hicks, MSN, CRNA, gave presentations and led demonstrations for students to practice intubation and bag mask ventilation techniques on training mannequins.
January 18, 2023

Drs. Kimberly Cantees, Joseph DeRenzo, and Cynthia Wells Appointed to Leadership Roles

The appointments were effective January 1, 2023.
October 18, 2022

ASA Mentoring Grant Awarded to Drs. Andrea Ibarra, Grace Lim, and Kristin Ondecko Ligda

The ASA Mentoring Grant program provides funding to mentor/mentee pairs who submit a project that addresses the goals of the ASA Committee on Professional Diversity.
March 18, 2022

WISER Hosting Event on the Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare Simulation

The Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research is hosting the event “Getting WISER on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Healthcare Education: The Roles of Simulation” on April 8, 2022, both virtually and on-site at 230 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA.