Provider Spotlight- Lisa Erlinger, Director of Surgical & Anesthesia Services

Provider Spotlight- Lisa Erlinger, Director of Surgical & Anesthesia Services 15May

Meet Lisa Erlinger, P.h.D, CRNA and Director of Surgical & Anesthesia Services here at Wickenburg Community Hospital.

Lisa’s Bio:

My desire to be involved in healthcare started at a young age when all the kids in the neighborhood wanted to ride bikes and I wanted to be the ambulance driver.

Over the course of thirty years in the healthcare industry; I have provided anesthesia in small private hospitals, surgical centers, pediatric hospitals, and an endoscopy center. In addition, I was an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University where I taught Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, Nurse Managers, and Nurse Anesthesia students.

I graduated with my diploma RN from St. Lukes School of Nursing in 1986, obtained my BSN from University of Missouri in 1989, my MSN/CRNA from Bradley University/Memorial Medical Center in 1994 and achieved my PhD from St. Louis University in 2012.

I came to Wickenburg in 2016 from a level 1 Trauma Center in Columbia, Missouri where I was one of four CRNA’s who took 24 hour Trauma calls. Aside from my work at Wickenburg Community Hospital, I am also an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ.

Scholarly Articles 

  1. A Look at the Present and Future Advancements in Surgical Pain Control, Anesthesia and Surgery. In Lisa’s recent article in our Quality Health and Wellness Magazine, she discusses advances in surgical pain control, anesthesia and surgery and what that future looks like at Wickenburg Community Hospital. Read the article here
  2. High-Fidelity Mannequin Simulation versus Virtual Simulation for Recognition of Critical Events by Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists – In this scholarly article published in the AANA  Journal,  we are introduced to modern methods of simulation used as educating tools to create interactive experiences for the purpose of recognizing intraoperative critical events in a timely manner. Read the article here

Primary Care

Community Hospital Clinics are located in Wickenburg, Wittmann, and Congress. We sincerely follow our mission to provide quality health and wellness services where the patient, family, and community come first.

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Emergency Care

Our 8 bed Emergency Room department is fully staffed with emergency physicians, nurses, and ER specialists. Your wait time is typically measured in minutes not hours as in the larger metropolitan hospitals.

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Surgical Services

Wickenburg Community Hospital provides a wide variety of surgical care and treatment. We serve a vibrant and active community who favors quality health care close to home.

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