President-elect Jansky: Welcome to the 86th AANA Annual Congress!
Chicago may be called the “Second City,” but you’ll leave town thinking it’s number one!
In addition to five days of state-of-the-art anesthesia learning opportunities, there are plenty of networking opportunities and social events on the schedule.
A warm welcome to our students! It’s your chance to see what awaits you beyond school. You won’t regret taking time to come when you catch the enthusiasm of your peers for learning, networking, relaxing and making new friends. Keep your business card handy to trade (dating myself) or do that airdrop thing! Visit the Exhibit Hall to try new products and samples.
If you’re a first-time attendee, here are some high points not to miss:
Friday, Aug. 9, 2019
There is an open session of the AANA board of directors. Watch your board in action and get first-hand information on new opportunities for the organization. The board also will be at the Resolutions and Bylaws Hearing (5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Crystal Ballroom A, Lobby Level, West Tower) to discuss suggestions for organizational change to be presented at Saturday’s business meeting. Friday closes out with the Diversity CRNA Black and White Affair (6:30 - 10:30 p.m., Crystal Ballroom B&C, Lobby Level, West Tower) – all welcome to eat, drink and dance with CRNAs from across the country.
Don’t forget to purchase your banquet tickets early for Tuesday night to get the best seating.
Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019
Opening Ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. (Grand Ballroom A-F, Ballroom Level, East Tower), with special Keynote Speaker Noah Galloway, U.S. Army Veteran, Amputee and Finalist on “Dancing with the Stars.” The Annual Business Meeting begins at 1:15 p.m. (Grand Ballroom A-F, Ballroom Level, East Tower) with reports from AANA President Garry Brydges, CEO Randy Moore and Treasurer Heather Rankin. Come to vote on Bylaws and Resolutions that shape the future of your association.
Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019
Regular education sessions begin Sunday: there are many, so download the AANA Meetings App to plan ahead which sessions best meet your learning needs. There’s something for everyone, at every career stage. When the Exhibit Hall opens at 3:15 p.m. (Riverside Hall, East Tower), join the rush to learn about new products and services. Please thank our exhibitors, and don’t miss the Health & Wellness Hub. Military breakouts begin at 5:30 p.m., and Regional breakouts at 6:15 p.m. See your AANA Meetings App for locations.
Monday, Aug. 12, 2019
At 6:00 p.m., after the educational sessions, is one of my favorites - the Anesthesia College Bowl. Cheer your team and realize how much you know!
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019
On Tuesday, the last session is at 12:45 p.m. (standing room only last year), AANA Insurance Services presents the Mock Malpractice Deposition.
Tuesday evening is the Annual Banquet. New things are planned to make the event fun for everyone. Come and sit with your state members for a great meal and dancing. I hope to see you there!
What about free time?
Chicago is home to many neighborhoods, from the chic to the trendy, with amazing ethnic foods. My husband Russ recommends pizza and the famous Chicago hot dogs with all the trimmings - don’t use ketchup or it’s not authentic!
While in the city of “Broad shoulders,” there are many sights to see and some are must see’s: Our hotel is very centrally located within a half mile of museums, parks and great restaurants. My favorite is the Architectural River Tour on the Chicago River for historical knowledge and dramatic views of the city and the Chicago skyline. Rent a river kayak or take a cruise on Lake Michigan. Try a Segway tour. Enjoy a water taxi ride from the Navy Pier ferris wheel to the Shedd Aquarium. Then rent an on/off Blue Bike for the return through Grant Park, past the Chicago Art Institute, and through Millennium Park where you can take your photo with Cloud Gate, the giant reflective Bean. Buckingham Fountain puts on a timed, colored light show after dark and the pedicabs based there will take you around downtown.
To the North is the famous Oak Street Beach, then the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago Historical Society. If you are a baseball fan, the White Sox are in town and it is a short el (elevated train) ride south to 35th Street and to Guaranteed Rate Field. Unfortunately, you’ll miss the Chicago Cubs, as they are out of town, but you can still tour the iconic Wrigley Field.
For shopping, our hotel is steps from the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. High end shops, trendy restaurants, drop-in exercise classes. Check out their website.
Restaurants I recommend: Eataly 0.6 miles: reserve for the upscale restaurants or drop in for the bar or shopping – all things Italian. Italian Village on Monroe St., 1.0 mile. Giordano’s Pizza, 0.3 mi. The Berghoff at 17 W. Adams is an authentic German bier stube, great for groups.
I’m excited to see all of you and share in the energy of our common goals. Please come up and say hello, or email me with suggestions and comments throughout the year: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy, learn, and, as John Garde used to say, "Behave!"