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CRNAs Are There For Every Heartbeat, Every Breath

From Georgia Govier, Director of Anesthesia

January 22-28 is National CRNA Week with the theme, “Making a Difference, One Patient at a Time.”

Crossing Rivers Health has three full-time Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs): Doris Barnes, Michael Rider, and myself. We are joining the 50,000+ CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists across the nation to educate the public on how we ensure the safest anesthesia experience possible.

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer approximately 43 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting where anesthesia is available, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in the vast majority of rural hospitals, and they have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. servicemen and women on the front lines since World War I.

CRNAs provide 24 hour call to administer every type of anesthesia including emergency services and trauma stabilization in collaboration with surgeons and other physicians. CRNAs are rewarded by hearing the first cries of a newborn following delivery, providing pain relief for patients with chronic pain and being part of the team that saves a life in the ER.

As your Crossing Rivers Health CRNAs, we dedicate ourselves to each of our patients. We enable them to receive anesthesia services for obstetrical care, surgical care and pain management services. We care for our patients at a very vulnerable time in their life, and it is an honor to provide safe, quality anesthesia for all of them, one patient at a time.

We are proud to be there for every heartbeat, every breath.