About our Surgical Services
Wray Hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical services from routine and elective surgeries to highly specialized, life-saving procedures. Our surgeons are skilled in using the most sophisticated tools and technologies available today.
Our surgical team is dedicated to achieving the most successful outcomes and patient safety while providing the highest level of care for patients throughout their surgical experience. From pre-operative testing and patient education through post-operative care and recovery, our goal is to help patients get on their best path toward better health and healing.
Megan McKenna, DO
John Wolz, MD
James Schiefen, DO
Our Certified Registered Anesthetists Are Always On-Site
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered nurses who administer anesthesia and other medications and monitor patients receiving and recovering from anesthesia.
CRNAs must be certified with the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), obtain a State Registered Nurse Licensure, and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licensure (APRN).
CRNAs at Wray Community District Hospital offer:
- Anesthesia for surgeries (general, orthopedics, ENT, gynecology, urology, ophthalmology)
- Obstetrics services including labor epidural and anesthesia for cesarean sections
- Chronic pain management including epidural steroid injections, joint injections, orthobiologics (platelet-rich plasma, bone marrow) injections
- Acute pain management, including selective nerve blocks and medication management Consultations are always available to provide optimal patient care.
The team includes:
- Val Meredith, CRNA, APRN, NBCRNA
- Doreen Pecar, CRNA, APRN, NBCRNA
- Benjamin Gehret, CRNA, APRN, NBCRNA
- Sam Sims, CRNA, APRN, NBCRNA
- Gary Kliewer, CRNA, APRN, NBCRNA
What do I do before surgery?
We want to make your surgery as stress-free as possible. Here’s what you should know and do before surgery to help relieve some anxiety
- ZComplete your pre-surgery consultation. If a nurse hasn’t called you within 48 hours of your surgery, call the hospital where your surgery is scheduled.
- ZAvoid tobacco, recreational drugs or alcohol for at least 24 hours before your procedure.
- ZArrange for someone to be at the hospital during your procedure and to take you home after your surgery or hospital stay.
- ZAsk someone to stay with you for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
- ZCheck with your insurance provider if you have questions about your copayment or deductible.
- ZCall your doctor if you have symptoms of a cold, the flu, a rash or any other illness or infection.
- ZDon’t eat or drink at least 6 hours before your procedure, including water, gum and throat lozenges.
What to bring to the hospital
To make sure you’re as comfortable and prepared for surgery as possible, here’s what you should bring with you to the hospital:
What do I leave at home?
To eliminate the risk of losing them, we recommend you leave valuables at home. These items include your wedding ring and other jewelry, and electronic items such as cellphones, tablets and laptops. If you need to make an insurance copayment, have the person who brings you to the hospital keep your purse or wallet while you’re in surgery.
How can I manage my pain after surgery?
Managing your pain effectively happens by knowing what to expect after your surgery ahead of time. By having this knowledge beforehand, you’ll be able to better understand and manage your pain.
Before surgery, talk to your doctor about your experience with medications, including:
Medication works best when you take it before the pain gets severe. Don’t try to grin and bear it – there is no need to tolerate severe pain, especially after surgery.