For six years, Mark Reyka has provided pain management services to patients
at Humboldt General Hospital.
Now the Ohio native has been named the hospital’s Director of Anesthesia Services.
Reyka, a board-certified anesthesia provider, was born at Wright Patterson
Air Force Base where his father was a pilot. His father’s occupation
took the family through many different moves. When Reyka and his wife,
Ladonna, ended up in Winnemucca in 2011, it was a first for both of them.
Now, it’s one of two states they call home; their other home base
is in Arizona where Ladonna works as a nurse practitioner.
Reyka’s job is to take care of patients before, during and after
surgical or obstetrical procedures. “I stay with the patient for
the entire procedure, constantly monitoring every important body function
and individually modifying the anesthetic to ensure maximum safety and
comfort,” he said.
During emergency or trauma cases, Reyka also works to stabilize patients,
ensuring their recovery is as pain-free and safe as possible.
In addition to his patient-related responsibilities, Reyka is charged with
ensuring his department is compliant with all state, federal and JCAHO
rules and regulations. Plus, he is excited to soon introduce chronic pain
management and interventional procedures that will help community members
with long-term pain issues.
Helping patients is Reyka’s hallmark. “I chose this profession
because I really do enjoy helping people,” he said. “I want
to know that I am making a positive difference for someone at a very critical
and overwhelming time in their lives.”
In fact, that’s Reyka’s favorite aspect of his job. “I
enjoy being with a patient just prior to putting them to sleep for surgery,”
he said, “and having the opportunity to comfort them and reassure
them that I will be by their side the entire time they are asleep and
that I will do whatever it takes to protect them and keep them safe.”
Reyka said he chose Humboldt General Hospital because “I wanted the
opportunity to work in a small, close community and to make a difference
in people’s lives.”
Having just come from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville—a
level one trauma center—he said he also wanted to bring a higher
level of anesthesia care to this community.
When combined with the “progressiveness of the hospital and the forward
thinking of the administration,” Reyka said he was immediately impressed
with the hospital and its operations.
Six years later, he continues to enjoy his work and find fulfillment as
an anesthesia provider.
“I enjoy the close, family-type atmosphere and relationship that
I share with everyone at HGH. It is a very personal relationship and that
is also reflected in the care that patients receive here from all the
Reyka also looks forward to continuing development of a new Anesthesia
Student Training Program at HGH in conjunction with Midwestern University
Humboldt General Hospital hosted its first trial student earlier this year;
the first permanent student will arrive in March with a second student
coming in June, for a total of two at any given time.
“This will save the community money in the long run by not having
to hire additional anesthesia providers,” said Reyka.
Reyka is a former United States Marine who served as a sniper with the
Naval Intelligence/Criminal Investigative Division. He received several
meritorious awards, including a medal from President Ronald Regan, for
his commitment to his work.
He and Ladonna have a 26-year-old son Timothy and 24-year-old daughter
Morgan as well as two Shi-Tzus, which are very much a part of the Reyka
family. In their spare time, the family enjoys the outdoors and their
church community. Reyka is also completing his pilot’s license which
will enable him to fly into Winnemucca on short notice, should the need arise.