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WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital department one of just five across country to earn nursing award

March 25, 2019


The pre-op department of WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital is among just five departments across the country to earn a prestigious award from a national nursing certification board.

The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification (ABPANC) recognized the York County hospital with its 2019 Certification Achievement Award for having 100 percent of eligible perianesthesia nurses earn the CPAN and/or CAPA certification. These nurses are certified in their perianesthesia specialty as either a Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN) or a Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA).

“Our patients – many of whom have altered functional abilities and have been living with pain – inspire our clinical teams to strive for excellence in their profession,” said Barbara Yarrish, senior vice president, WellSpan Health, and president, WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital. “This achievement is representative of our perianesthesia nurses’ unwavering commitment to provide the highest level of care to our patients in the area.”

The certification process for each nurse requires detailed criteria involving clinical experience, as well as passing a written exam.

WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital opened in 2012 and has since been honored with numerous awards and accreditations. The state-of-the-art facility offers advanced orthopedic, spine and neurological surgery procedures, as well as both inpatient and specialized outpatient rehabilitation services.

For more information on the WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, visit www.WellSpan.org/WSRH.

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of approximately 1,500 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees, and more than 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. Visit www.WellSpan.org.


The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc., (ABPANC) is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1985 by the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) for the purpose of sponsoring certification programs for qualified registered nurses caring for patients who have experienced sedation, analgesia, and anesthesia. ABPANC sponsors the Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN®) and the Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA®) programs with nearly 12,000 certified nurses nationwide.