PAWTUCKET— Ceremonies for the 50th graduation of the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island School of Nurse Anesthesia Program took place on October 28 in the hospital’s Sayles Conference Center. Hospital administration, staff, family and friends were on hand to honor the nine graduates.
This year’s graduates are: Mikayla Jarratt of Bellingham, Washington; Lisa Strait of Arizona; Catherine Keyo of Dorchester, MA; Jessica Gregson, Hopkinton, MA; Travis Henderson of Nampa, Idaho; Christopher Manion, Seekonk, MA; Richard Guillaume, Revere, MA; Artur Rozentsvit of New York City, NY; and Micah McRae of Henderson, NV.
Mark A. Foster, CRNA, MA, director of Memorial’s School of Nurse Anesthesia Program, recognized the accomplishments of the nine nurse anesthetists. He noted how the graduates devoted the past 29 months to a comprehensive didactic and clinical curriculum, earning a Master of Science Degree in biological sciences/anesthesia.
Mr. Foster also thanked the following individuals who supported the program: Susan Walker, MD, interim anesthesiologist-in-chief and medical director of the School of Nurse Anesthesia; anesthesiologists with Anesthesia Care; Ruth Rollin, PhD, and Mark Jackson, PhD, academic coordinators of Central Connecticut State University; Keith Macksoud and Elena Litmanovich, both faculty; the surgeons and staff in the operating room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Surgical Place Recovery Unit; and Pulmonary Function Lab at Memorial; Cyndi Hannaway, secretary for the Department of Anesthesia; and the clinical coordinators and adjunct faculty at the following clinical sites – Susan Roessle, CRNA, from St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, MA; Katie Bourski, CRNA, coordinator at Kent Hospital; and Dr. Sana Ata, chairperson and coordinator at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.
Arthur Rozentsvit, on behalf of the graduates, thanked the administration, Anesthesia Department’s faculty and staff and fellow classmates for their support.

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is a 294-bed hospital that serves as a major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school’s family medicine academic program, housed in the Center for Primary Care. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues. Memorial provides a full spectrum of health services for the people of Rhode Island. Services include oncology, cardiovascular, rehabilitation, pain management,obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, 24-hour intensive care specialist coverage and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Lincoln, RI, an adult day center, and home care program to provide a seamless system of medical care.

Photo:

Left to right, Mark Foster, CRNA, MA, CRNA program director; Lisa Strait; Catherine Keyo; Mikayla Jarratt; Christopher Manion; Mical McRae; Travis Henderson; Richard Guillaume; Artur Rozentsvit; Jessica Gregson; and Susan Walker, MD, medical director and interim anesthesiologist-in-chief.