updated 6/8/2011 12:17:07 PM ET 2011-06-08T16:17:07

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dr. Peter F. R. Walker, Vice President of Anesthesia Services and co-founder of North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) has been recognized for his career achievements by The Hofstra North-Shore LIJ School of Medicine with the establishment of the Peter F.R. Walker, MD, Professorship of Anesthesiology. The professorship will support research, education and patient-care programs carried out by its appointed recipient, Dr. John Di Capua, Vice President of Anesthesiology Services for the North Shore –LIJ Health System and Deputy CEO and Chief Medical Officer of NAPA Management Services Corporation.

With over 40 years of healthcare experience, Dr. Walker is well known for being a leader, a devoted member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Medical Staff and a physician that holds to the highest standards of healthcare. After receiving his medical degree at Boston University, Dr. Walker has spent his career spreading his work ethic and philosophy of "treating patients like you would like to be treated yourself", amongst such prestigious healthcare organizations ranging from Massachusetts General to New York University Hospital and the North Shore-LIJ Health System, where he continues to play an invaluable role in the growth of perioperative services. In addition to Dr. Walker's roles and responsibilities within these hospital organizations, he has utilized his leadership and vision to help create NAPA, the largest anesthesia management company in the United States, as well as co-founding the Anesthesia Business Group, a national data warehouse granted Patient Safety Organization Status by the Federal Government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The recipient of the Professorship is John F. Di Capua, MD. Dr. Di Capua trained in anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he moved onto fellowships in both Pain Management and Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. He then went on to develop a procedural pain management program which led to him becoming co-founder of the Pain Management Center at North Shore University Hospital at Syosset, a representation of a regional best practice in procedural pain management. Dr. Di Capua is currently the Vice President of Anesthesiology Services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System and Chairman of Anesthesiology at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) and LIJ Medical Center, where he supervises all clinical, academic, research and quality activities in Anesthesiology at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. As Associate Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at The Hofstra North-Shore LIJ School of Medicine, Dr. Di Capua will also be serving on the Admissions and Curriculum Committees of the Medical School.

Both Dr. Walker and Dr. Di Capua's contributions throughout their careers have proven to make a significant impact in the healthcare field as these visionaries have utilized their leadership qualities, clinical skills and knowledge to ultimately improve the overall quality of patient-centric anesthesia care. The Peter F.R. Walker, MD, Professorship of Anesthesiology will serve as an extension of their passion, dedication and commitment towards enhancing the healthcare experience.

"We're thrilled that the Hofstra North Shore LIJ Medical School has chosen to honor our colleagues," said Timothy J. Dowd, MD, CEO of NAPA Management Services Corporation. "As we continue to work with the medical school, we're confident that Dr. Di Capua's leadership, which builds upon the foundation set by Dr. Walker, will help us establish a premier anesthesiology residency program in the nation."

The Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, established by Hofstra University and the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is the first allopathic (MD) medical school on Long Island in more than 35 years. Opening its doors in June 2010, the new medical school combines Hofstra's academic infrastructure and expertise with North Shore-LIJ's clinical and graduate medical education programs as well as incorporates research conducted at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research arm of the health system. 

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 Hofstra University

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 12,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, communication, education, health and human services, honors studies, and a School of Law. With a small average class size (22 students) and low student-teacher ratio (14 to 1), the University also provides excellent facilities with state-of-the-art technology, extensive library resources and internship programs that match students' interests and abilities with appropriate companies and organizations. The Hofstra community is driven, dynamic and energetic, helping students find and focus their strengths to prepare them for a successful future. Located in Nassau County, New York, on over 240 acres, the University is less than an hour from midtown Manhattan.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System

The nation's third largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, the North Shore-LIJ Health System cares for people of all ages throughout Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island – a service area encompassing more than seven million people. The winner of the National Quality Forum's 2010 National Quality Healthcare Award, the North Shore-LIJ Health System consists of 15 hospitals, 17 long-term care facilities, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, three trauma centers, five home health agencies, a hospice network and dozens of outpatient centers. In addition, North Shore-LIJ is partnering with Hofstra University to develop a new medical school. North Shore-LIJ's owned facilities house about 5,600 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,000 physicians. Its workforce of about 42,000 is the largest on Long Island and the ninth largest in New York City. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com .

Media Contact:
Jill Aaronson, Marketing Coordinator
North American Partners in Anesthesia
(516) 945-3030
jaaronson@nmsc.biz

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