Celebrating our CRNA's


Heidi Hays, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and a new resident of Memphis, has joined the Anesthesia Department at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.   Ms. Hays is a native of LaPlata, MO, where she graduated High School in 1977 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Truman State University (formerly, Northeast Missouri State University) in Kirksville in 1983.   She later attended the Albany Medical College in New York and earned an advanced practice nursing degree as a CRNA in 1988.

Ms. Hays has spent the last 19 years in Charlotte, NC, working for Carolinas Healthcare System.  Prior to that, she spent over ten years working as a CRNA for the VA in New York and prior to that she had a career in pediatric nursing.  She says she has a strong affinity to the veteran population after working a decade for the Veterans Administration.

Ms. Hays is married and has a 25 year-old daughter and a 23 year-old son that both live in Charlotte.  Outside of work, she enjoys music events, camping, crochet and culinary events.  She was drawn to the position in Memphis with Michael Browning, CRNA, Chief Anesthetist at Scotland County Hospital, because of the location near her roots, the pace & the hospital's modern and well-maintained facilities. 

Michael Browning, CRNA, was promoted to the position of Chief Anesthetist at Scotland County Hospital last January.  As a team, Browning & Hays will provide 24-hour anesthesia coverage.  Browning & Hays, along with nearly 50,000 nurse anesthetists across the nation are observing National CRNA Week January 22-28, 2017.  CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses who specialize in anesthesia care and who safely administer more than 32 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States.  CRNAs are perfectly suited to meet today's healthcare challenge of delivering safe, quality care to more people without burdening the healthcare systems.  CRNAs are highly valued in today's healthcare environment because they deliver the same safe, high-quality anesthesia care as other anesthesia professionals but at a lower cost, helping to control rising healthcare costs.  They also ensure that patients in medically underserved communities have access to quality anesthesia care close to home.

 "I'm so pleased to welcome Heidi to the Anesthesia Department here at Scotland County Hospital.  Her years of experience in Charlotte at a mega-healthcare system and her local connections make her a great fit for the team here in Memphis," said Browning.

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