Anesthesia and Pain Management Department

The Department of Anesthesia at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is comprised of two Board-Certified Physician Anesthesiologists, five certified registered nurse anesthetists, and one anesthesia technologist.  The department delivers anesthetic services for over 5,000 cases each year.  They also provide acute pain management and participate in critical care medicine throughout all locations at CRMC.  Most surgical subspecialties (with the exception of cardiac and neuro surgery) are represented in the department’s patient population, with high volumes in orthopedic and bariatric surgery, including highly-specialized revisional surgeries.  The cardiac trained anesthesiologists work closely with surgeons and primary physicians to provide state-of-the-art anesthesia monitoring and perioperative care at a level surpassing even most large city hospitals.   


The Department of Anesthesia is a dynamic and innovative group of physicians and providers who strive to deliver anesthesia care with a priority on patient safety and comfort.  Outside of clinical duties, the department plays an active role in the hospital.  The physicians and providers hold leadership positions at the medical staff executive level and have representations on many important clinical committees.  The department consistently performs at the highest level of standards in patient care ratings and employee satisfaction.



 Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine Specialist


Fawn Atchison,

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Joshua Horowitz,

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists


Eileen Kurpiers, CRNA, Clinical Lead


Eileen has led CRMC’s CRNA Team since October 1999.  She moved to the area from Hermantown where she had been working as the Charge CRNA at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.  Her other experience includes serving as a CRNA at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior in Wisconsin, and Falls Memorial Hospital in International Falls.  Eileen earned her Master’s degree at Abbott Northwestern Hospital School of Anesthesia - Saint Mary’s College of Minnesota in Minneapolis.


Rod Ogard,



Rod came to CRMC from Sabin in November 1990. His experience includes working as a Staff Anesthetist at Dakota Clinic and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, both in Fargo; Chief Anesthetist at Memorial Hospital in Perham; and as a staff Registered Nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo.  He earned his Anesthesia diploma at St. Luke’s School of Anesthesia in Fargo and Nursing degree at Jamestown College, both in North Dakota.





Mike McCormick,



Mike has been a part of the CRMC Anesthesia Department since January 2012. He moved to the area from Isanti.  He has experience working as a CRNA for R.C. Shefland Anesthesia, Ltd., and Bucktail Anesthesia Service in Bemidji as well as the Cambridge Medical Center.  The CRNA earned his Master’s degree at Minneapolis School of Anesthesia and Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Union College in Lincoln, Neb. 






Greg Gavin,



Greg, who has been a CRMA at CRMC since December 2011, moved to the Cuyuna Lakes from Minnetonka.  His past experience includes working as Surgical Intensive Care Registered Nurse for the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis and as a Patient Care Assistant at St. Cloud Hospital. The CRNA earned his Master’s degree at Minneapolis School of Anesthesia and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at St. Cloud State University.














Mike Muehlenbein,



Mike came to CRMC in February 2016 from Prior Lake, Minn. He has experience working as a CRNA at District One Hospital in Faribault.  He also has experience as a RN at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Northfield Hospital in Northfield, and Immanuel St. Joseph’s in Mankato. Mike earned his Master’s of Science in Nurse Anesthesia at the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, Bachelor of Arts in Nursing at Gustavus Adolphus College, and completed pre-nursing studies at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

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