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Healthy Times - Fall 2005

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Earl Auty '87, has been appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Michigan State Board of Nursing. Auty, a nurse anesthetist for almost 20 years, is an administrator in surgical services at Providence Hospital. He currently serves as the elected president of the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Jerry Fushianes ’96, served as program manager of the Department of Defense’s Post–deployment Health Reassessment Program at Fort McCoy. The program utilizes PAs to provide post-deployment examinations to National Guard and Army Reserve troops to ensure that treatment of any deployment-related ailments do not interfere with the soldiers’ civilian lives. 

Physician Assistant Chris Stramecky '95, led an allied health medical group, Dharma Wheel Medical, down to Waveland, Mississippi, and Bayou La Batre, Alabama, during early September in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina devastation. Stramecky set up an emergency medicine clinic in a gymnasium community shelter in Bayou La Batre where he and his team saw and cared for more than 350 patients. The team delivered insulin and other pharmaceutical supplies to the mobile hospital established in Waveland, Mississippi. The group treated patients brought to them with a variety of chronic and acute medical needs, and cared for dozens of severely ill patients such as "crashing" diabetics and lung disease and cardiac patients, loading many of them onto ambulances and even a medevac helicopter from the field next to the shelter once they were stable. The team slept at the shelter every night and met up with the rest of the group early each morning and worked late into each night.