Yesterday we lost a longtime perfusion colleague and friend from the Pittsburgh community, Ed Szczypinski, CCP, LP. Ed started his career in healthcare as a registered nurse graduating from the St. Francis Hospital nursing program in 1973. Shortly after he was introduced into perfusion by Dr. James Giacobine and Bob Dyga. He was one of the first to learn perfusion on-the-job and later achieve ABCP certified perfusionist. His career spanned decades working at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh and later at UPMC Shadyside.
Many of us have had the opportunity to share work time with him learning of his strong commitment to excellent patient care. Actually 43 years of perfusion care to thousands of patients and their families. Others know of his quick wit and sense of humor, especially during stressful OR situations. He had a unique sense of humor when working with students, somewhere between sarcasm and “is he serious”. Nevertheless the students learned a great deal and respect for their chosen profession under his mentorship. By my estimates he had mentored over 400 students providing the knowledge, clinical skills, but more importantly life’s lessons. Most of these students are having rewarding careers in part because of Ed’s influence.
His unexpected passing was a shock to our community. The PSPS extends it condolence to his family and the vast number of allied health professionals and friends that admire him.
“All endings are just beginnings, we just don’t know it at the time”
Mitch Albom, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”.