Governor Rauner Proclaims Illinois Nurse Anesthetist Week

WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), who safely administer more than 33 million anesthetics to patients each year, are essential to America’s healthcare system; and

WHEREAS, CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural Illinois, enabling healthcare facilities in medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services.  In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers of anesthesia in nearly all rural hospitals; and

WHEREAS, CRNAs practice in every setting requiring anesthesia: traditional hospital surgical suites; obstetrical delivery rooms; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons; and U.S. Military, Public Health Services, and Veterans Affairs medical facilities; and

WHEREAS, CRNAs have served as the main provider of  anesthesia to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since World War I, including current conflicts in the Middle East; and

WHEREAS, since 1939, the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists (IANA) has provided Illinois residents safe and cost-effective anesthesia care; and

WHEREAS, IANA has a current membership of 1,600 CRNAs and is celebrating its 78th anniversary in 2017.

THEREFORE, I, Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim the week of January 22-28, 2017 as ILLINOIS NURSE ANESTHETISTS WEEK, and urge all citizens to join me in recognizing these healthcare professionals for their contribution to the quality of life in our state.