Get To Know Your Government

  • PANA Members Represent AANA at Fundraiser for Mike Doyle (PA-14)  
    Arlene and Elsie were in Pittsburgh to help support Representative Doyle for being a friend to CRNAs 
  • Breakfast in Tamaqua:
    Nurse anesthetists in the area met at the Tamaqua Diner in Tamaqua, PA on January 24th to greet Representative David Argall (R) who is running in a special election to fill the State Senate seat in the 29th district vacated by the late Senator Jim Rhoades. The special election was held on March 3, 2009, and Representative Argall won!Some background info on Rep. David G. Argall: He has served the people of the 124th State House district since 1985. He has been re-elected in 11 subsequent elections, each time winning all of the district’s 11 boroughs and 16 townships in Berks and Schuylkill counties.

    Organized by Diane Butkus, CRNA, Joe D’Amico and Diana Davidson both attended, as well as Peg Moyer. Joe and Peg made remarks to the crowd and Rep. Argall addressed the crowd as well then mingled with everyone to discuss their interests and concerns.


  • PANA Vice President Michael Conti reports on the PANA’s visit to Washington D.C during the AANA’s MidYear Assembly  

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists

 – 5 visits – 4:42pm

The PANA’s own James Woomer has compiled an impressive list of articles and web pages relating to …. Read his response in letters to Senator, Donald White, Chair, State Senate seat in the 29th district vacated by the late Senator Jim Rhoades. Donna was a key member of the Lehigh Valley Hospital anesthesia

Donna F. (Foley) Connor, CRNA
Submitted by Mike Loomis, CRNA. As noted on 

Peggy F. Connor, CRNA
Donna F. Connor, 55, Kempton, Pa., a loving mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend, died July 5, 2009, at her home due to an accident. Born on Jan. 6, 1954, in Copaigue, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Joseph W. and Kay (Agro) Foley.

Donna worked starting at age 12 in various jobs, a deli after school and also a paint store.

She attended the Catholic girls school, Villa Walsh Academy, for two years and graduated from Sparta High School in 1972, enjoying school tremendously while involved in music, band, choir, newspaper and assorted clubs. She also held student government offices all four years of high school. Donna entered a competition to give the farewell speech at her school graduation and won. It was a proud moment for her and her family.

She attended Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1975 as a registered nurse.

She married Maurice Leo Connor in 1977 after meeting him through the Civil Air Patrol at Hawk Mountain, Kempton. She fell in love with the area there.

While living in Cherry Hill, N.J., she took an emergency medical technician course and both she and her husband became instructors. She joined the Cherry Hill Emergency Squad and became the first female assistant captain of the squad.

She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital 1979 through 1981 and became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in 1982. Donna was a key member of the Lehigh Valley Hospital anesthesia department since 2000 and was held in high esteem by the staff.

She became a private pilot, owning her own 1946 Cessna 120.

She was a member of Frieden’s Lutheran Church, Stony Run, where she served on the church council and was very active in church activities.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Matthew M. Connor, Tampa, Fla., and daughter, Claire M. Connor, Kempton, and sister, Katie (Foley) Noullet, Tampa, Fla.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 11 a.m. in Friedens Lutheran Church, 9727 Red Road, Stony Run, with the Rev. Donald C. Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Friedens Cemetery, Stony Run. Friends may call Thursday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the church.

The family requests contributions to the Memorial Fund of Friedens Lutheran Church, 19529. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at
Sandra Fox Sell, CRNA, MSN
Submitted by Michael W. Neft, CRNA, MHA, CCRN 

Sandra Fox Sell, CRNA, MSN, 1955-2009Sandy Sell, a highly respected member of the Pittsburgh nurse anesthesia community, died in a tragic accident on July 9, 2009.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she began her career as a staff nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Montefiore Hospital. After graduating from the University Health Center of Pittsburgh School of Anesthesia for Nurses she worked as a staff nurse anesthetist at Presbyterian University Hospital. Sandy rose to leadership positions serving as Chief Nurse Anesthestist at Presbyterian and Chief Nurse Anesthetist for the University of Pittsburgh Physicians. She received a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, and was a member of the Nurse Anesthesia Program faculty at the University of Pittsburgh for several years.

Most recently Sandy was a member of the nurse anesthesia staff at UPMC Braddock. She will be sorely missed by both colleagues and students. Sandy leaves behind a legacy of exemplary clinical anesthesia care, administration, and education; she was a role model for all. Sandy was preceded in death by one son, and is survived by her husband and four children.

An obituary was posted in the from July 13-15, 2009.


 – 4:39pm

This investigation has revealed that all of the case-patients received the The PANA’s own James Woomer has compiled an impressive list of articles and web pages …. Senate seat in the 29th district vacated by the late Senator Jim Rhoades. …. Nurse Anesthesia community died in a tragic accident last week.

2 High Security Clearance Workers Gunned Down In Mysterious

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There is also Pennsylvania Senator James Rhoades who was killed in a car accident. May be completely unrelated, but it sure seems a …. But you still have to go through the normal police type investigation. Any enemies.

The suspicion has been here the whole time, will we ever know the truth of it all?


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