WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are essential to Virginia’s healthcare system, and they have provided high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care for more than 150 years; and
WHEREAS, CRNAs first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since WWI; and
WHEREAS, CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services; and
WHEREAS, CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; the offices of podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons; ambulatory surgical centers; U.S. Military and Public Health Services, and Veterans Administration medical facilities; and
WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week is an opportunity to thank the more than 1,450 CRNAs in the Commonwealth of Virginia who devote their lives to providing quality, safe, and cost-effective anesthesia services;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 22-28, 2018, as CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETISTS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.