updated 3/11/2011 9:17:20 AM ET 2011-03-11T14:17:20

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA), the largest anesthesia management company in the United States, is honored to offer its support to the National Patient Safety Foundation, who is sponsoring Patient Safety Awareness Week for the ninth year. This year's Patient Safety Awareness Week runs from March 6 to 11 and will focus on ways to help patients reduced their risk for readmission and enhance patient and provider communications.

NAPA has a long history of commitment to patient safety as evident in its role in the formation of the Anesthesia Business Group which, on June 17, 2009, was officially listed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a federally designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO) under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.

Dr. Timothy Dowd, Managing Partner at NAPA commented, "NAPA is privileged to be a part of the Anesthesia Business Group and participating in its listing as a PSO. It is important for us and our industry to create a secure environment where anesthesia providers can work towards reducing risks associated with patient care."

Dr. Dowd and Dr. Peter Walker, Director Emeritus at NAPA, are set to speak at the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)'s Conference on Monitoring Postoperative Drug-Induced Respiratory Depression in Phoenix on June 8, 2011. The goal of this conference is to define the problem and identify electronic monitoring strategies that will provide early warnings of clinically significant respiratory depression.

"We hope our participation at this conference will contribute to the improvement of patient safety. NAPA is committed to the safety of our patients and eliminating negative outcomes by human error through our superior standards, continued education and dedication to the evolution of our medical industry," added Dr. Walker.

About North American Partners in Anesthesia

Founded in 1986, North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) is the largest single specialty anesthesia management company in the United States. With over 700 clinicians nationwide, the company is known for having the most respected clinical staff, management leadership, and evidence-based quality initiatives in the industry – resulting in maximized OR performance, reduced costs and consistent surgeon & patient satisfaction.  For more information, please visit http://www.NAPAanesthesia.com/anesthesia.

About The Anesthesia Business Group

The Anesthesia Business Group (ABG) is a business coalition comprised of many of the largest private practice anesthesia groups in the United States. Initiated in 2001, ABG has dedicated itself to furthering patient care and increasing efficiencies within each of its Member Groups. While each ABG Member Group is unique in both the operation and management of its clinical practice and business entity, the commonality of their patient, surgeon, hospital, and member physician needs has led to ABG's common vision to achieve superior patient satisfaction while attaining clinical and business excellence. ABG Member Groups are many of the nation's leading private practice anesthesia groups and are geographically dispersed to all regions of the country. For more information, please visit http://www.anesthesiabusinessgroup.com/default.aspx.

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