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Tribute to Tree of Life First Responders

UPMC employees pose with breakfast provided by Hill City Church

All of us have been affected by the mass shooting that occurred at Tree of Life – Or L'Simcha Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Oct. 27. Eleven people were killed, and seven were injured.

All of us have been moved by the resolve of the congregants and the outpouring of support not only by those living in Pittsburgh and throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, but also by residents across the state and nation. It is vital to healing.

For many certified registered nurse anesthetists, the incident has been deeply personal. A few of our association members knew some of the victims. We share their sadness. Other PANA members were part of the response team. We’re grateful for their service as health-care professionalism.

CRNA Arley Nahas attends Hill City Church in the Robinson area of Pittsburgh. The church recently bought breakfast for the UPMC-Presbyterian anesthesia and operating room staff who cared for the Tree of Life victims.

Here is Arley’s letter to the team:

Dear anesthesia and operating room staff,

On behalf of Hill City Church, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your expertise and dedication in caring for the trauma victims from the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. This horrific event has left our city undone, but you have given these families hope again as you saved and restored their loved ones lives!

We want to take time to recognize and honor you for all of the excellent care that you provided on that day and every day! Please join us for breakfast on Thursday, November 8 starting at 08:30 in conference room B213.6 located between the anesthesia offices and resident call rooms.

Pastoral staff will be present to serve in any way needed.

Thank you so much for all that you do every single day! Your impact is incredible and we appreciate you!

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists, we thank all of our first responders and CRNAs who helped that day and every day, and we praise those who enter these noble fields of service. Our thoughts are with them, the families and friends of the victims --- and our entire caring community.

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