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Dr. Kasselman returns to CCCH as an anesthesiologist PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 July 2011 20:23

He will also run pain management clinic

By Russ Pankonin

The Imperial Republican


“It’s good to be home.”

That’s how Dr. Jeff Kasselman describes his return to the Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH) this week after completing a three-year anesthesia and critical care residency and one-year pain management fellowship.

During the past four years, Kasselman has called Omaha home, completing his residency and fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Tuesday marked his first day back and he said he’s looking forward to working with the staff at the hospital and clinic again.

Dr. Jeff Kasselman has returned to the Chase County Community Hospital after completing a three-year residency in anesthesia/critical care and a one-year fellowship in pain management. He uses the equipment behind him to administer anesthesia and monitor a patient during surgery. (Imperial Republican Photo)


Kasselman first joined CCCH as a family practice doctor in 2002. He left the hospital in July, 2007 to begin his residency program.

The residency normally takes four years but because of his family practice experience, he received one year credit going in.

He said it was his desire to get back into the operating room that motivated him to go back to school.

Anesthesia and critical care involves a lot more than just putting someone to sleep in the operating room during major surgery.

During surgery, the anesthesiologist constantly monitors the patient’s condition and vital signs.

He was the resident anesthesiologist on more than 40 liver transplants during his residency. It wasn’t unusual for those surgeries to run anywhere from four to 13 hours.

During the residency, he also learned other techniques for anesthesia.

In less critical surgical procedures, he said there’s greater use of light sedation on the patient with regional plain blocks to numb limbs, or other areas of the body where surgery will be conducted.

All of the regional anesthesia is done with the aid of ultrasound equipment, which is being added at the hospital.

When practicing pain management, he uses some of the same techniques for blocking pain in those patients.

The overlap of the two areas of medicine led him to complete the pain fellowship, even though it meant another year at UNMC.


Pain clinic being added

He said there’s a great need for a pain management clinic in this region. In fact, his first pain management clinic scheduled here this week is already booked up.

Those suffering from chronic back pain, cancer or diabetes can benefit most from pain management procedures.

He said pain management can also be used to control phantom pains in amputees.

He said the pain clinics will be held in the morning. In most cases, Kasselman said the pain procedures can be completed later that same afternoon.

That’s the great thing about it, Kasselman said.

A patient can come to the clinic in the morning and go home with some pain relief in the afternoon.

Kasselman plans to complete his board certification for both the anesthesia/critical care and pain management later this year.

He said the pain management fellowship is only one of two fellowships in critical care that is overseen by board certification.

Hospital administrator Lola Jones said having Kasselman back on the CCCH staff will be a great asset to the hospital. “We’re pleased to have him back,” she added.

She said the pain clinics will be conducted each Wednesday and he will provide anesthesia during surgeries and procedures here.

He may also do some fill-in work at the hospital’s clinic.


Family already in Imperial

Kasselman signed his contract to return in January, 2010. His wife, Annette, who is also a nurse, returned to Imperial last fall and became director of nursing at CCCH.

Their 14-year-old son Freddie and 16-year-old daughter Susie attended school in Imperial last year.

Katie, 19, graduated from high school in the Omaha area in May and will be attending McCook Community College in the fall.

Sam, 21, will be attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha next fall.

Their oldest son, Paul, 22, is serving in Afghanistan with his National Guard troop through October.