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University assumes ownership of Nurse Anesthesia Program

UDMís Nurse Anesthesiology graduating class, December 2004.

The University of Detroit Mercy became the sole administrator of its Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) program, July 1. Ask Program Director and Chair Mike Dosch about it and he’ll tell you it’s a pretty big deal.

“There have been a number of historic moments in the history of the program – when it was established in 1941, when we added a bachelor’s degree in 1979, and when we added a master’s degree in 1985,” says Dosch. “This ranks right up there.”

The College had operated the program in conjunction with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, a member of Trinity Health System. Dosch and the rest of CRNA staff had been employees of St. Joseph’s, and had their offices in Pontiac, where the facility is located. They’re now UDM employees.

Although students won’t notice the shift to a University-based program, Dosch says the move makes sense and will result in more efficient and focused operations.

“Our program’s mission is education. That’s a much better fit with a university than a hospital, where the mission is patient care,” he explains. “With one administrator, management of the program is going to be easier and more streamlined.”

The program’s new home on the McNichols Campus is a plus, too.

“We have students at 18 clinical locations, from Grand Blanc to Wyandotte, and from the east side of Detroit to Livonia,” he notes. “We’re now very centrally located.”

Although the program is no longer headquartered at St. Joseph’s, the hospital remains one of its primary clinical sites. “St. Joe’s will continue to be an integral part of our program,” Dosch notes.