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(Denison, IA) – Julie Dekker Flint, MS, MBA, CRNA, (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), has been added to the medical staff at Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH). CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities like CCMH to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management, and trauma stabilization services. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100 percent of rural hospitals.

Erin Muck, CCMH CEO and President, said the hiring of Dekker Flint completes the CRNA team at the hospital.

“On behalf of the CCMH Board of Trustees, we are thrilled to have Julie on our staff. We have been working for the past couple of years to find the CRNAs that fit our needs, and Julie is a wonderful addition to help in the operating room,” Muck said.

Julie Dekker Flint, MS, MBA, CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and is nationally certified to provide all aspects of anesthesia care at CCMH. She received her undergraduate degree at Linfield College in Portland, OR and later her Master of Science at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dekker Flint also earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA), and will soon graduate with her Doctor of Anesthesia Practice, from the University of Michigan. Dekker Flint has a wealth of knowledge and experience from her practice as a CRNA in several states including Oregon, Wisconsin, New York, Arizona, and Kansas.

The credential CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) came into existence in 1956. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 33 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). Nurse Anesthetists, the first healthcare providers dedicated to the specialty of anesthesia, have their roots in the 1800s, when nurses first gave anesthesia to wounded soldiers on the battlefields of the Civil War.  Though the CRNA credential was born in the 50’s, the field of practice has been around 150 years.