Anesthesia can be classified according to the type provided: general, regional, or local.  General anesthesia is the deepest form of anesthesia and depresses your consciousness, pain sensation, and prevents movement during the procedure.  Regional anesthesia provides anesthesia to a portion of your body.  Epidural anesthesia is a form of regional anesthesia.  Local anesthesia provides anesthesia to a small portion of the body during minor procedures such as during the suturing of a laceration.  The goals of anesthesia can include: amnesia, anxiolysis and sedation, analgesia, and muscle relaxation and reflex control.  The type of anesthesia selected is determined by the type of procedure being performed and your health status.  Anesthesia services at Citizens Medical Center, Inc. are provided to our patients by John Patterson, CRNA.  

John Patterson, CRNA, received his Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Mankato State University in Mankato, MN. He completed his Masters of Nurse Anesthesia from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. John worked for 10 years at the VA in their intensive care unit, and since 1995 he has practiced in health care facilities located in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.

John performs all types of general and regional anesthesia.  He told us, “I like to reassure people that I am there with them for their entire procedure, from beginning to end. I like working in a smaller hospital because I can get to know patients and I can spend time with them and help calm their fears. I like the personal touch that comes with working in a rural environment. I really love what I do. Epidural injections for pain management, for example, is rewarding because most patients can see an immediate benefit from the injection.

One of the favorite aspects of my job is providing labor epidural services. I enjoy visiting with couples as they begin the process of delivering their newest family member. My career is very gratifying.”

John and his family are from Iowa. John and his wife Denise have been married for 36 years. They have five children, nine grandchildren and four dogs. John joined Citizens Medical Center, Inc. in 2005.