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National CRNA Week Reveals How Nurse Anesthetists Make a Difference — One Patient at a Time

Monday, January 11, 2016  
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MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 11, 2016) — Making a Difference, One Patient at a Time will be the theme emphasized by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Minnesota and across the country as they celebrate the 17th annual National CRNA Week, Jan. 24-30, 2016.

The president of the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA), Dan Lovinaria, DNP, MBA, MS, APRN, CRNA, said this year’s theme reflects how CRNAs dedicate themselves to each of their patients before, during and after surgery. 

“CRNAs remain with their patients throughout their procedure to ensure the safest anesthesia experience possible,” he said. “This year’s National CRNA week will give us the opportunity to educate the public on how much of a difference we make to our patients and to the U.S. healthcare system.”

More than 49,000 CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists provide approximately 40 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year. They deliver the same safe, high quality anesthesia care as other anesthesia professionals – but at a lower cost, helping to control the nation’s rising healthcare costs.

Every day, CRNAs deliver essential healthcare in thousands of communities and are able to prevent gaps in access to anesthesia services, especially in rural, inner-city and other medically underserved areas of the country.

“Our patients and their safe journey through surgery is our priority,” said Lovinaria. “We care for them at a very vulnerable time in their life, and it is an honor to provide safe, quality anesthesia for all of our patients, one at a time. We are there for every heartbeat, every breath, caring for America.” 

For more information about the role and value of CRNAs, visit the website of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), and The Future of Anesthesia Care Today campaign website at www.future of 

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About the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists
MANA, with 1,700 members, is the state chapter of the AANA, which represents more than 49,000 CRNAs across the country. More information about nurse anesthesia can be found on MANA’s website,, or on the AANA website, 

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