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Fertility Nurse of the Month: Sylvia Bernassoli, CRNA

May 2013

Sylvia Bernassoli, CRNA
The Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Sylvia Bernassoli, CRNA, as nurse of the month. A nurse anesthetist for more than half a century, she has spent the last 22 years working with IVF patients during egg retrieval. Not only has she dedicated her career to helping women have babies, now she’s forever tied to it. Bernassoli has made the decision to leave her life savings to support infertility research at Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.

In addition to donating $20,000 annually from her retirement savings, Bernassoli has named Magee the beneficiary of her life insurance policy. The total sum is in the neighborhood of half a million dollars.

Bernassoli says her financial advisor prompted her to put her money to good use. She was quick to realize, “Our patients and doctors deserve this.” She refers to fertility doctor Anthony Wakim as a “genius” and praises “the endless hours of research” the Fellows conduct at the Center.

Bernassoli says, “I love the patient contact and I love working with young, healthy women.” But it’s sad, she says, when they are struggling to have a baby. “All patients – even those at other practices - benefit from our research,” she says.

FertilityAuthority congratulates Sylvia Bernassoli on being recognized as Nurse of the Month. Her commitment to infertility treatment and research, and her philanthropic nature are admirable.

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