Aric Bunch, CRNA, Named Didactic Instructor of the Year by Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthestists (PANA) - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on May 12, 2015

Aric Bunch, CRNA, Named Didactic Instructor of the Year by Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthestists (PANA)

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Aric Bunch, CRNA teaches for the Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia Program.

Aric Bunch, CRNA teaches for the
Crozer-Chester Medical Center and
Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia Program.

Aric Bunch, CRNA, MSN, EMT-P, nurse anesthestist at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, was named Didactic Instructor of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthestists (PANA) during the Spring Symposium in Hershey, Pa. This award recognizes “an individual’s commitment to the profession of nurse anesthesia and to the advancement of educational standards that further the art and science of anesthesiology and result in high quality patient care,” according to the PANA.

The PANA promotes Nurse Anesthesia practice by striving to increase public awareness regarding the capability of these advance practice nurses to act as providers of quality health care. It is the purpose of this Association to promote, through continuing education, the science and art of anesthesiology as provided by CRNAs in all practice settings.

"Aric is well-respected by his students, surgeons, colleagues and physician anesthesiologists for his clinical expertise and broad range of clinical skills. He is credentialed to perform ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks and often instructs multiple leaners while expertly placing peripheral nerve blocks," said Olesh Babiak, M.D., anesthesiologist and Chairman of the Anesthesia department in a letter of support to the PANA. "Physicians and CRNAs seek him out for guidance and instruction. He demonstrates a refined capacity for respectfully teaching all members of our team. I have been practicing anesthesia for over 23 years and have served as the Chair of the Anesthesia Department for the past 15 years and I have seen a number of highly qualified, high-performing CRNAs during this time. However, no one has stood out like Aric."

Bunch was initially nominated by Jodie Szlachta, CRNA, PhD, program director for the Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia Program. Bunch is a graduate of the program, teaches both didactic and clinical content in the program, and serves as a clinical preceptor.

“Aric is a very knowledgeable educator and clinician, and serves as a resource in the anesthesia department here at CCMC,” says Szlachta. "His commitment to both patient care and education is an example why the Crozer/ Villanova Nurse Anesthesia Program maintains an outstanding reputation and is highly competitive."

“I was honored to receive this prestigious award. Pennsylvania has the most CRNA educational programs in the country and it is humbling to be named Didactic Instructor of the Year by your peers,” comments Bunch.

The Crozer/ Villanova nurse anesthesia program, located at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, is highly competitive and attracts applicants from across the country. Previous graduates have gone on to work in varied practice settings across the country including Active Military duty, Alaska, Seattle Children's Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, CHOP, University of Pennsylvania health system (Pennsylvania and Presbyterian Medical centers), Jewish-Barnes Medical Center in St. Louis, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Kaiser-Permanente in CA, and many other community hospitals and regional medical centers throughout Pennsylvania, and across the country.

Learn more about the Nurse Anesthesia Program.

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