Sen. Randy Richardville named 2008 Health Legislator of the Year
LANSING - The Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA) presented state Sen. Randy Richardville with the 2008 Health Legislator of the Year Award at its recent annual fall meeting.
The group’s president, Michael Duronio, CRNA, said Richardville was selected because of his accessibility and knowledge of the legislative process.
“Senator Richardville has a keen understanding of the way Lansing works and is known for his ability to work across party lines to get things done,” said Duronio. “MANA greatly appreciates his support of the nurse anesthesia profession. We look forward to working with him for years to come.”
Each year, the board members vote for the legislator they believe is an effective leader and someone who can offer advice. Sen. Richardville thanked the group for its support.
“Nurse anesthetists play a vital role in patient care,” said Richardville. “It’s important that their voice is heard in Lansing when they have issues or concerns on health care legislation. I am honored to receive this award from these dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to provide the best care to Michigan residents.”
Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care in the United States for over 125 years. They administer approximately 65 percent of all anesthetics given to patients each year and are recognized by the health care industry for providing high-quality anesthesia care at a reduced cost to both patients and health care practitioners.
This award marks the third time that Sen. Richardville has been recognized for his leadership and accessibility on health care issues during his time in the Michigan Senate. He was recognized as the 2007 Legislator of the Year by the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, and Tomorrow’s Child/Michigan SIDS recently singled Richardville out for his long-time support of their causes.
Editor’s note: A photograph of Sen. Richardville at the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ annual fall meeting is available on the Senate Majority Photowire.
Posted: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
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