Houston Celebrates National CRNA Week
Nineteen years ago the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) established National CRNA Week to educate the public about health care’s best-kept secret. Nurse Anesthetists safely deliver millions of anesthetics each year in the US, staying with their patients throughout their entire procedure. CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in the vast majority of rural hospitals throughout the country, ensuring that health care services are available to medically underserved communities. There are 55 counties in Texas where CRNAs are the sole providers of anesthesia care.
CRNAs are independently licensed and legally responsible and accountable for the care they deliver. They may deliver care as private practitioners based on their clinical privileges within hospitals or surgi-centers, or may be employed by a hospital, a group, or a surgeon. CRNAs administer general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, local, and pain management in every clinical setting, and their cost-efficiency aids in controlling escalating health care costs. There are more than 52,000 CRNAs in the U.S., and over 4,000 in the State of Texas. Houston’s Harris County is home to almost 1000 CRNAs.
Houston-area CRNAs celebrated National CRNA Week on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Cadillac Bar. Nearly 200 CRNAs and student anesthetists came together to celebrate their profession, connect with old friends, and meet new ones. AANA President-elect Garry Bridges DNP, CRNA spoke to the assembled crowd. Sponsors of the evening included Mass Mutual Financial Group, US Anesthesia Partners, Codonics, Mallinckrodt, Cornerstone Anesthesia Conferences, Casmed, Merck, White Rhino Financial, 3M, TERUMO, QRS Realty and Vitruvian Medical.
“The Houston Celebration of CRNA Week just keeps growing in popularity each year,” said event coordinator Gregg Gebetsberger, CRNA, a clinical instructor at Baylor College of Medicine. “We keep getting more sponsors and more CRNAs and students who attend. The companies that sponsor this event recognize the value of CRNAs to their business, and many of them are repeat sponsors year after year.”