Meet Your Anesthetists
Jim Kroll, CRNA, MSN
I started Puget Sound Anesthesia Service in 1990 with the idea that I could provide anesthesia to patients with a different emphasis than what I had experienced in the typically impersonal hospital setting. I believed I could make a difference in people’s surgical experiences by becoming more involved in all aspects of their care by focusing more on the idea of “personalized service” through the entire surgical process including communication before surgery, support during the procedure and follow up after surgery.
By taking the time to get to know each patient as a unique individual, I can prepare both the patient and caregiver for surgery and anesthesia ahead of time, and complete a thorough evaluation postoperatively. This support helps relieve stress, prevents potential complications after surgery and can speed a patient’s recovery. My goal is to make the surgical experience as pleasant as possible.
Since graduating from the University Of Washington School Of Nursing in 1977, I have had a rich experience including Intensive Care nursing at Harborview Medical Center, the Northwest’s regional Burn and Trauma Center and the Hyperbaric Chamber at Virginia Mason Hospital (as a scuba diver, a particular interest to me).
I earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing in 1982 through California State University, Long Beach while getting my anesthesia training through the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia for Nurses. As a nurse anesthetist, I have worked in small rural hospitals, urban community hospitals and as a Teaching Associate at the University of Washington Medical Center. I have cared for a wide variety of patients from newborns to the elderly, providing anesthesia for diverse cases from tonsillectomies to neurosurgery and open heart surgery.
I take pride in my accomplishments through the years knowing I have made a difference in patient’s lives. When my patients tell me that they have never had an anesthesia provider call them before surgery or thank me for checking on them after their surgery, I know that my commitment to personal service is the right course for PSAS.
As more surgeons requested my services in their offices, I took great care in selecting associates to join me in my endeavor. Though many individuals were interviewed throughout the years, I judged only a select few to have the necessary skills and personal characteristics to become members of the PSAS staff. I am proud to present the following anesthetists who are ready to provide quality anesthesia care for you.
Jean Robinson, CRNA
My goal in life is to support others in being successful and self sufficient. I have made a commitment to excellence and work to contribute to those around me, always striving to make the quality of life a bit better for at least one person, each day.
In my role as an anesthesia professional, my graduation from Roosevelt Hospital School of Anesthesia was just the beginning of an adventure which has led me from New York City to Romania. Beginning in a 650 bed trauma hospital in mid Manhattan, I have practiced in hospitals in many communities including the University of California at San Diego, University of Washington and the Group Health Cooperative. During this time, I have been fortunate to volunteer in many a dusty clinic in Mexico and traveled with Northwest Medical Teams to a primitive hospital in Romania. Each experience afforded new learning experiences, new cultures, friends and adventures.
Working with Puget Sound Anesthesia gives me the opportunity to provide quality perioperative and anesthesia care in offices of local surgeons and allows me the time to participate with the youth in my community. I spend my free time assisting on athletic fields, helping with community and school projects. My favorite activity is coaching soccer, coaching kids for life. In addition to a rewarding career in anesthesia, my days are filled with photography, cooking, reading, knitting, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Connie Alley, CRNA, MSN
As a graduate of the University of Michigan, my nursing career includes four years in the Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency department of a Level 1 Trauma Center. I earned my Master’s Degree in Nursing and did my anesthesia training at Rush University of Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, graduating in 1987. Upon graduation, I moved to Seattle where I worked as a nurse anesthetist at Swedish Hospital for seven years and held the position of Chief CRNA from 1990-1992.
In 1994, I left hospital based practice to focus on the challenges of the emerging practice of office based anesthesia. Working in the more personal atmosphere of surgeon’s offices, I have been able to develop more rewarding relationships with patients than I found possible in the hospital setting. My work with Puget Sound Anesthesia Service has also allowed me time to work as a Teaching Associate at the University of Washington Medical Center. I enjoy the depth and variety of cases I am involved with there and appreciate maintaining contact with the stimulating university environment. By keeping my hands in both worlds, it encourages me to be the best anesthetist possible in order to continue to provide the best care for all of my patients no matter the setting.