Houston-area CRNAs and SRNAs gathered at Cadillac Bar on Jan. 21, 2014, to celebrate the occasion. Frozen margaritas and a Mexican buffet awaited all who attended as they entered the private room from 4 p.m. onward. Exhibit tables of the event’s sponsors lined the outside walls where representatives from Cadence Pharmaceuticals (maker of Ofirmev), Dannemiller, NorthStar Anesthesia, Smiths Medical, Greater Houston Anesthesiology, and US Anesthesia Partners-Houston spoke to attendees about their products and services.
In years past, the Mayor of Houston commonly sent a representative from their office to read a proclamation announcing National Nurse Anesthetists Week to those in attendance. This year however, they did things a little differently. Houston Mayor Annise Parker attended the event in person and spoke directly to the attendees, congratulating CRNAs during National Nurse Anesthetists Week and thanking them for their service and hard work caring for the citizens of Houston. She went on to talk about the various sectors of the Houston economy that contribute to its strong positioning, including the Texas Medical Center. After making her remarks to the 120 people in attendance, Mayor Parker stayed a while longer to socialize with the CRNAs and SRNAs, and pose for pictures.
Event organizer Gregg Gebetsberger, CRNA, said that this year’s event was the largest ever held in Houston, with more exhibitors and sponsors, and more CRNAs and SRNAs attending than ever before.
Mayor Annise Parker (center) posed for pictures with attending CRNAs and SRNAs.