Three Advanced Practice Providers Promoted

The Department of Critical Care Medicine announces the promotion of three advanced practice providers, effective August 15, 2021. Their new leadership roles coincide with the department’s adoption of an enhanced APP staffing model, which sees the growth of APP clinical responsibilities in the Adult ICUs.

Tina Day, ACNPAG-BC, DNP, CRNP, is promoted to clinical director for the Adult APP Program from her current position as lead APP/supervisor. In her new role, she is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the APP program in the CCM Adult Division, including strategy, recruitment, marketing, QI, and patient programs in addition to acting as the department’s representative with external and community partners. Tina has more than 16 years of experience as an APP, predominantly in the Surgical Trauma ICU, and has been the program director for the APP Residency program since its founding in 2012.

Erika Bassett, PA-C is promoted to Operations co-director and becomes a member of the CCM APP Leadership Group. In this new role, Erika provides leadership for all clinical and operational functions that include supervision and execution of APP QI initiatives; HR-related activity such as retention, career ladder advancement, and APP performance evaluation and scope of practice; and overseeing clinical care delivery. She began her career as a physician assistant in the Department of Neurological Surgery and most recently has been the senior lead APP in the Neurovascular and Neurotrauma ICUs. In addition, Erika is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Pitt.

Rob Bauer, MSN, RN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, also joins the CCM APP Leadership Group with his promotion to Education co-director. In this newly created position, Rob will research and evaluate curricula, teaching procedures, and educational materials for APPs in the Adult Division. In addition, he will lead and direct the APP Residency Program, which is an innovative program that attracts physician assistants and certified registered nurse practitioners, who gain advanced training in adult critical care medicine. Most recently, Rob was the lead nurse practitioner/senior level APP for the Adult ICU at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital, where he was the Rapid Response Team leader and a member of the Hospital Code Response Committee. Rob is an ACLS and BLS instructor.