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AVA Foundation Appoints Eddie Korycka to President of Board of Directors

Thursday, August 9, 2018  
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August 9, 2018 - Today the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) Foundation Board of Directors announced the appointment of Eddie Korycka, RN to acting President.

 Korycka’s appointment comes as a result of a unanimous vote. It positions Korycka as Foundation President through August 2019, a term of a full calendar year.

 “Thanks to incredibly dedicated professionals, the specialty of vascular access is garnering much deserved attention. Without access, patients cannot receive critical therapies. Without education and research, clinicians cannot provide optimally for their patients, their devices and potential complications,” Korycka said. “I am proud to be serving with a board that is eager to develop the resources that clinicians need to advance the specialty of vascular access and protect the patients they serve.”

 Korycka brings nearly 30 years of nursing experience to the office of AVA Foundation President, with 20 years entrenched in the vascular access specialty. His focus is on optimizing patient outcomes, creating new and innovative training techniques for clinicians and sharing his knowledge and experiences with vascular access teams.

 “Eddie Korycka brings decades of vascular access experience and dedication to the AVA Foundation. It is a privilege and an honor to have him serve in this leadership role,” said AVA Foundation Presidential Advisor Lori Kaczmarek, RN, BSN, VA-BC™, who served as Foundation Interim President during the search for a new President. “His passion for vascular access education and competency align with the core mission of the organization and assures a strong future for the AVA Foundation.”

 The AVA Foundation is dedicated to saving lives through vascular access innovation, research and education. It serves clinicians interested in vascular access, students of the healthcare professions and vascular access patients and their families. It is the nonprofit 501 (c)(3) arm of the Association for Vascular Access, which advances the vascular access specialty and defines its standards through evidence-based interventions to enhance healthcare and patient outcomes.

 The Foundation funds projects like miniMAGIC, a novel algorithm that produces evidence-based recommendations for when a particular vascular access device is appropriate for use in a pediatric setting.

 “Eddie joined the Foundation board last summer when we were intent on building a dynamic, multi-disciplinary and diverse board of directors to help support and drive the mission,” AVA Foundation CEO Ramzy Nasrallah said. “His passion, attention to detail and enthusiasm make him a great fit for the role. I’m excited to see how the Foundation’s influence continue to grow under his leadership.”

 With the support and generosity of AVA membership and its industry partners, initiatives like miniMAGIC represent the projects Korycka and the Foundation Board of Directors will critically review. He will oversee future collaborations aimed at providing healthcare professionals with evidence and expert-based criteria to improve patient outcomes.


 The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) Foundation is dedicated to saving lives through risk-free vascular access by promoting evidence-based clinical practice. The Foundation serves clinicians interested in vascular access, students of the healthcare professions, and vascular access patients and their families. We are a not-for-profit, 501©(3) educational and research organization. To learn more or donate, visit or support the AVA Foundation by designating it as your favorite charitable organization when you shop at AmazonSmile.