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Deeter earns award for outstanding professional advocacy

• Sep 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Kellie Deeter, a certified registered nurse anesthetist from Norwalk, is scheduled to receive the 2018 Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy on Tuesday night in Boston.

The award presentation is among the activities on the final day of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ four-day annual congress.

Deeter is the owner of Northern Ohio Anesthesia and Firelands Anesthesia in Northwest Ohio. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at Lourdes University in Sylvania and an instructor for Western Reserve Anesthesia Education in Chagrin Falls.

The Ira P. Gunn Award was established in 2000 to recognize the accomplishments of CRNAs or non-CRNAs who are involved in overcoming legislative, legal and regulatory challenges to nurse anesthesia practice rights. The recipient of the award receives recognition by peers as a person who has made an important contribution to the advancement of nurse anesthesia practice rights.

Credited with revolutionizing the Ohio State Association’s government relations committee, Kellie has energized students and increased CRNA engagement across the state. Kellie’s advocacy includes launching a statewide legislative education campaign. Through her leadership, more than 50 legislators visited the operating room and personally observed what nurse anesthetists do every day.

“Receiving the Ira P. Gunn award is about fighting for something that will better serve the citizens of this state,” Deeter said. “Engaging the CRNAs of Ohio to advocate for change in outdated statutory regulation will help us to provide safe, effective anesthesia care to all of our patients, in every anesthesia practice model.”

A CRNA for more than 10 years, Deeter graduated from the University of Akron graduate anesthesia program with a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia, and a bachelor of nursing degree from Bowling Green State University. She currently is enrolled in doctoral preparation at Maryville University in St. Louis.

Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., and Washington, D.C., the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional organization representing more than 52,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists across the United States.

As advanced practice registered nurses and anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America. In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly 100 percent of rural hospitals. For more information, visit www.aana.com and www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com.

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