North American Partners in Anesthesia Celebrates CRNAs During National Nurse Anesthetist Week

MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA), the largest single specialty anesthesia and perioperative management company in the United States, recognizes Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) with its celebration of the 14th annual National Nurse Anesthetist Week., January 20-26, 2013.

Beginning in 1999, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) established the National Nurse Anesthetists Week to bring awareness to the role of CRNAs. This event was created to encourage CRNAs to take the opportunity to educate the public about anesthesia safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from a nurse anesthetist. This year's theme centers around CRNAs as "Patient Care Extraordinaires", emphasizing the high standards in which CRNAs adhere to when fulfilling their responsibilities.

Providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for 150 years, CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 33 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States. CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is available and are the sole anesthesia professionals in the vast majority of rural hospitals and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. service men and women on the front lines since World War I. Their responsibilities include administering anesthetics, monitoring vital signs and helping ensure millions of patients receive the safest anesthesia care possible.

"Nurse Anesthetists are an integral part of NAPA's operations and success," said Timothy J. Dowd, MD, CEO and Managing Partner of NAPA. "Our CRNAs commitment to excellence and patient safety has enabled our organization to enhance the patient experience for the health care facilities we serve. The National Nurse Anesthetist Week is a great initiative to recognize nurse anesthetists throughout the country for their role in the anesthesia community and their dedication to providing quality care."

For more information on National Nurse Anesthetist Week, visit the AANA's website.

About North American Partners in Anesthesia

Founded in 1986, North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) is the leading single specialty anesthesia and perioperative management company in the United States. NAPA is comprised of the most respected clinical staff, providing thousands of patients with superior and attentive care. The company is known for partnering with hospitals and other health care facilities across the nation to provide anesthesia services and perioperative leadership that maximize operating room performance, enhance revenue, and demonstrate consistent patient and surgeon satisfaction ratings. For more information, please visit

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