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(Denison, IA) – Randy Kilnoski, BSN, MSNA, 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 Kilnoski is another step forward in assembling the CRNA team at the hospital.

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

Randy Kilnoski, BSN, MSNA, CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who provides all aspects of anesthesia care at CCMH. He received his undergraduate degree at Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing and Allied Health in Omaha.  Kilnoski earned his  Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia at Clarkson College in Omaha and began serving as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at CHI Immanuel Mercy in Omaha. Kilnoski has extensive medical experience including as a Med/Surg Trauma Level I ICU staff nurse at Creighton University Medical Center.

The credential CRNA 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.