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October 2017
Mercy nurse anesthetists earn prestigious pain management credential

Of the over 40,000 certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in the United States, only 15 people in the entire nation had earned the Nonsurgical Pain Management provider credential (NSPM-C) as of early 2017. Two of Mercy Hospital’s staff can now be added to that list.

 

After completing a rigorous fellowship in Advanced Pain Management at the University of South Florida, Mercy CRNAs Bryan Hunter and Matt Stokes recently earned the prestigious NSPM-C provider credential after successfully completing the national board exam.

 

In addition to being board certified in anesthesia and nonsurgical pain management, Bryan and Matt are Doctoral Candidates at the University of South Florida with an emphasis on pain management treatment outcome tracking and analysis. Both Bryan and Matt also served honorably as commissioned officers in the United States Army.

 

“We congratulate Bryan and Matt on this rare achievement,” said Mike Delfs, Mercy CEO. “For patients coming to Mercy for pain management, this means they can be assured they are receiving the highest standard of care.”

The Mercy Hospital Pain Management Clinic treats multiple sources of acute and chronic pain. The majority of the pain treated and procedures performed at the pain clinic are related to neck and back pain. However, Mercy also provides services for headache/migraine pain and many other chronic pain conditions.

 

Treatment interventions include:

  • Steroid injections
  • Spine injections
  • Headache injections
  • Trigger Point injections
  • Sacroiliac injections
  • Ultrasound guided injections
  • Fluroscopic x-ray guided injections
  • Radiofrequency Neuroablation (coming in 2018)

 

Mercy CRNAs see patients for initial appointments at Gateway Family Health Clinic in Moose Lake and Sandstone. Contact your primary care provider for referral information or call 218.485.5800 with questions. Mercy’s Pain Management Clinic is a non-narcotic pain clinic.

 

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