Unwavering
Partnership Mindset

Great Lakes Anesthesiology forms productive, long-term relationships with hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and office space practices. With best-in-class clinicians and a forward-thinking administrative team, we strive to improve your facility’s efficiency, throughput, and profitability while removing the burden of staffing your anesthesia department.

What sets us apart.

Broad Practice Expertise

Our deep bench of providers and team care model enables Great Lakes to provide the full spectrum of anesthesia care – from pediatrics to geriatrics, and subspecialties in between. We also offer site-specific care for niche practices, including dental, ophthalmology, and more.

OR leadership

A leadership team – comprised of a site director, clinical coordinators, and admin professionals – takes the reins of your OR to push through efficiencies and ensure high-quality surgical consultations.

Administrative proficiency

Our admin department comprised of business professionals facilitates your overall success by streamlining scheduling, billing, coding, and credentialing.

Our Values

Excellence is earned

For over two decades, our group has established a reputation for outstanding clinical outcomes and administrative support. We remain committed to being the best in our industry and set out to provide value to our partners each and every day.

Unsurpassed quality of care

Through evidence-based medicine and proven efficiencies, practices, and innovations, we deliver the highest level of anesthesia care possible.

Attracting top-notch providers

One of our greatest strengths is the ability to recruit and retain top talent. We are always adding to our deep roster of fellowship-trained anesthesiologists and experienced CNRAs so there’s never a doubt that your site is adequately staffed.

Embracing the team model

We optimize efficiency and quality of care with the team anesthesia care model, which typically includes a dedicated site director, anesthesiologist and team members including residents, fellows and/or CRNAs.

Flexibility with function

We are adept at the dynamic nature of the perioperative continuum while maintaining consistency and reliability in our protocols and outcomes.

Building trust outside the OR

Our site directors and anesthesiologists form positive, cooperative relationships with surgeons, enhancing trust and promoting provider teamwork that is vital during critical OR cases.

Being part of the community

Great Lakes establishes residences near many of our partner sites, allowing our team members to embed themselves and invest back into the community.

“The team at Great Lakes Anesthesia is a vital component of our multidisciplinary healthcare team that provides the most complex and innovative pediatric and OB/GYN care in the WNY region.”

Stephen Turkovich, VP & Chief Medical Officer, Oishei Children’s Hospital

“Great Lakes Anesthesiology has been an amazing partner to work with. They are attentive, collaborative, and highly professional. In addition to being an outstanding service provider, they are huge supporters of our community.”

Dharshan Jayasinghe, President & CEO, BizWin Strategies & Triad Healthcare Recruiting

“The Great Lakes physicians, CRNAs, and office team are incredibly caring individuals with a strong desire to do their best each day. The leadership team in place is outstanding, and I am excited about their growth!”

Ted Halpern, President & Wealth Advisor, Halpern Financial, Inc.

Our Process

At Great Lakes, we have a refined, systemic process to ensure a smooth transition and integrate a highly productive and efficient anesthesia department. Our collaborative model is designed to provide stability to your facility today while positioning your organization for future, sustainable growth.

Connection

An initial discovery to determine if a partnership is a mutually beneficial fit.

Analysis

We take a deep look at your practice model, organization culture, and goals to create a plan for staffing and financial optimization.

Integration

Our proven protocols and policies are integrated and adapted to your site’s existing processes.

Onboarding

Your anesthesia care team is trained and synchronized with your site through a standardized orientation and hands-on approach.

Daily management

Site leadership and our admin team provide consistent, high-quality anesthesia management.

Growth opportunities

Our data analytics department leverages anesthesia and OR metrics to improve efficiency, throughput, and patient satisfaction indices.

Team nurturing

Great Lakes prioritizes employee satisfaction to enhance retention and ensure consistent, high-quality staffing.

Best-in-class anesthesia team.

The physicians at Great Lakes are certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Additionally, our pediatric and obstetric anesthesiologists are also certified in their subspecialties, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Obstetric Anesthesiology by the American Board. Our anesthesiologists are among the most experienced and respected in the country. We also have an extensive team of skilled CRNAs who provide consistent and compassionate patient care. In addition to being experienced practitioners, many of our anesthesiologists are researchers and academic instructors.

Our success stories.

Since 1998, our group has implemented exclusive anesthesia partnerships for a wide range of healthcare facilities, including urban hospitals, rural hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers. We approach each new partnership with an open mindset to overcome unique hurdles, ensure a smooth transition, and set the engagement up for long-term success.

Our Partners

    

Let’s discuss your anesthesia department.

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Barbara Williams

Sr. Medical Biller/Certified Medical Coder

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Sr. Medical Biller

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Melissa A. Klopfer

Credentialing Specialist

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Danielle Washington

Medical Charge Entry Specialist

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Jennifer Polizzi

Sr. Medical Biller/Certified Medical Coder

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Dawn Henderson

Credentialing Specialist

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Jenna Weiss

Sr. Medical Biller/Certified Medical Coder

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Dianne Adams, MAOL

Dianne Adams, MAOL

Executive Assistant to the CFO/COO

Dianne Adams is Executive Assistant to Andrea Watkins, our CFO/COO. She joined the GLA team in late 2021, but boasts over 35 years of experience. She cites the diversity of ideas and the clear, open communication between the team as her favorite thing about working here.

Dianne earned an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science/Office Management from ECC, and two degrees from Medaille College: a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership (MAOL).

Additionally, Dianne is a Certified Clerk typist and specializes in Medical Transcription.

Dragana Draca, MBA

Dragana Draca, MBA

Human Resource Manager

Dragana Draca is Great Lakes Anesthesiology’s HR Manager, joining the team in 2021. Company culture is her favorite part of working at GLA. “We are Empowered to Grow,” she says.

Dragana holds undergraduate degrees in Paralegal Studies and Business Administration, and a Master of Business Administration Degree, with a concentration in Leadership and Change from Canisius College.

She is active in the Society for Human Resource Management and when she is not working, Dragana can be found baking in the kitchen, expressing herself through art, music, fashion, or interior design, spending time with her Pomsky Lola, reading, traveling or cheering on her favorite football team. Go Bills!