The electrophysiology community lost a pioneer in allied health education on December 2, 2015 when Stanley Anthony Wojtusik, Jr. passed away. He leaves behind his wife and two children – his family was his joy.
Stan’s dedication to educating the allied health electrophysiology professional was well known by those who worked with him both at Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) and Biosense Webster, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company.
Stan earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Alderson Broaddus University and continued his education at Franklin & Marshall College and the Lancaster General School of Nursing, where he received his nursing degree. Stan went on to obtain the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) and the Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) credentials, as well as the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (NASPE) certificate in cardiac electrophysiology for the allied professional.
Stan began caring for patients on the post cardiac surgery step-down floor at LGH, transitioning to the cath lab and then into electrophysiology. Stan worked closely with Dr. Seth Worley to learn the new emerging specialty of EP and consequently taught many new EP staff beginning their work in LGH’s EP lab. Stan was recognized and respected by physicians and staff for his knowledge of pharmacology (some called him a walking Physician Desk Reference), and it was not unusual for physicians and pharmacists alike to ask Stan for his thoughts on new drugs and drug dosing protocols.
Stan worked with the cardiologists and anesthesiologists to develop and implement the conscious sedation protocol at Lancaster General Hospital. After successful implementation, Stan traveled throughout the U.S. to educate cath and EP lab professionals about using conscious sedation during uncomplicated cardiac device implants, EP studies, and interventions. This method of patient care is now widely accepted today.
Stan was a member of EP Lab Digest’s editorial board from November 2001 to January 2015. In 2002, Stan was approached by HMP Communications, the publisher of EP Lab Digest, and asked to chair regional educational meetings in electrophysiology. As committee chair, the assignment included identifying topics to be presented and recruiting additional speakers. The educational meetings were held four times per year in different cities throughout the United States. These regional educational meetings continued through the end of 2004, and were widely successful based on attendance and attendee feedback.
Stan was the kind of nurse everyone aspired to become. His love of the profession was experienced by every healthcare professional he touched, right up to his last few days with us. When you looked into Stan’s blue eyes, you knew he was the real deal. He will be missed.