August 2012 Associate of the Month
Department of Anesthesia
Effy Karwowski was born in Trenton, New Jersey and spent the first several years of her life in Manhattan. She grew up in Fallsington and graduated from Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown. She took courses at Bucks County Community College before going to work as a lab technician in the Cytology Department at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol. She later became a Physical Therapy aide working at Lower Bucks Hospital, Jeanes Hospital and Frankford Hospital. With several years of hospital experience behind her, Effy joined Doylestown Hospital in 1999 as an anesthesia tech.
Effy's job in the Department of Anesthesia includes assisting the physicians and CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists), helping to stock the ORs, doing inventory of supplies and making sure everything is ready before a case begins. She also tends to patients' needs, and her favorite aspect of the job is "making the patients feel comfortable." Effy has watched the hospital grow over the years, but she feels it still maintains a family atmosphere. "Everybody knows each other and people help each other," she notes. The OR is close knit, she adds, and she works with a "great group of people."
Executive Director of Surgical & Ancillary Services Matt Costello says: "Effy is extremely hard working and kind. A great Anesthesia Department team member, she never stops going out of her way to help anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, peri-op nurses and anyone else in need of support for patient care.
Effy is always upbeat and positive. She is kind, caring and patient-centered and has a great sense of humor. There have been times when due to unplanned staffing shortages she has been the only tech working and she persevered and made sure the anesthesia department carried out patient care as usual.
One thing that everyone in Surgical Services can agree on is that Effy is as kind and hard working as anyone we know. That's why she is the Associate of the Month."
Lead Certified Anesthesia Tech Sandi Frescatore adds: "Effy does a great job! She anticipates and follows through with the needs of the anesthesiologist, CRNAs and patients. She is always available to help in any given situation. Effy is a pleasure to work with and a definite asset to Doylestown Hospital."
Effy lives in Doylestown with her husband, Robert, and their daughter, Kelly, 14. She enjoys cooking and especially baking, exercising, reading and visiting area art museums.
Congratulations to an exceptional Associate!