Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of the surgical patient, before, during, and after surgery. Central Wisconsin Anesthesiology, S.C. has provided safe and compassionate anesthetic care in the Wausau area for over 35 years.

CWA uses a team model, which incorporates a board eligible or board certified medical doctor, and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) as part of the anesthesia care team. Our unique team approach of care is a collaborative effort of a physician anesthesiologist medically directing the CRNA. This practice renders you the best care available by two skilled healthcare providers.

  • A CRNA is a demanding specialty within the profession of nursing. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who have acquired graduate level education with anesthetics.
  • The physician, with the assistance from a CRNA, is responsible for administering anesthesia to relieve pain and for managing vital life functions which include: breathing, heart rhythm and blood pressure during the surgical procedure.
  • The physician is responsible for the pre-anesthetic medical evaluation of the patient, prescription and implementation of the anesthesia plan, personal participation in the most demanding procedures of the plan (including induction and emergence), following the course of anesthesia administration at frequent intervals, remaining physically available for immediate treatment of emergencies and providing indicated post anesthesia care.

After surgery, the anesthesia providers maintain the patient in a comfortable state during the recovery process and can be involved in the provision of critical care in the intensive care unit.

CWA belongs to the Aspirus Network, Inc. (ANI). ANI is a large Clinically Integrated Network of leading primary and specialty care physicians, hospitals, and allied health care professionals. ANI negotiates contracts on behalf of its members with health plans and payors. It aligns all elements of the care continuum to advance quality and improvement efforts that produce better clinical outcomes, enhanced patient experiences and controlled costs. As a member of ANI, CWA has the opportunity to help identify and drive quality improvement initiatives, serve as advocates for healthier communities, and provide ongoing feedback on the network's strategic direction.