The Joint Commission Appoints New AANA Representative to Hospital PTAC

​February 10, 2014
The AANA is pleased to announce the appointment of Garry Brydges, CRNA, DNP, ACNP-BC to The Joint Commission’s Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). The Joint Commission appoints CRNA representatives on behalf of the AANA to its Hospital and Ambulatory Care PTACs. The Hospital PTAC deals with both the hospital and critical access hospital (CAH) accreditation programs. The Ambulatory Care PTAC deals with the ambulatory care and office-based surgery accreditation programs.
Garry Brydges succeeds Louise Hershkowitz, CRNA, MSHA, as the AANA’s Hospital PTAC representative.  Louise is currently serving on the Virginia Board of Nursing.  Dean Mazurek, CRNA, APN, a member of the AANA Board of Directors, continues to serve as the AANA Hospital PTAC Alternate Representative. 
Jay Horowitz, CRNA, ARNP and Roger Strand, CRNA, MAE, ARNP continue to represent the AANA on the Ambulatory Care PTAC as Representative and Alternate Representative, respectively.
The PTACs include multiple healthcare organizational representatives who offer their expertise to advise The Joint Commission on standards development, environmental trends, educational needs, and other important issues.