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2017 Shirley Novosel Award Recipient

Carolyn Castor Garver

Garver is a senior nurse practitioner in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) St. Margaret. In the past five years, she has twice received the hospital’s annual Patient Safety Award: in 2012 for developing a protocol to identify perioperative patients who were candidates for regional anesthesia by placing labels on their charts and arm bracelets; and in 2015 for creating a patient education booklet to teach postsurgical patients how to properly use a nerve block catheter and pump.

Garver’s nominator described her as “reliable, dedicated (and) responsible) and “a tireless advocate for quality and safety (who has) spearheaded many initiatives to ensure that patients are cared for.” As the primary nurse administrator for UPMC St. Margaret’s regional anesthesia and perioperative pain service, she is “a primary axis around which the service revolves.”

Previously, Garver worked as a medical–surgical and intensive care nurse. She has earned certification as both a school nurse and a massage therapist. Garver received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Penn State in 1986, and completed a master’s degree in nursing at La Roche College.

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