History of Organization
The Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MeANA) was established in 1956. The idea for an association was conceived by a small group of nurse anesthetists at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
A pre-organizational meeting was held April 6, 1956, and a by-laws committee was appointed. On May 10, 1956, an organization meeting was held with 10 members. All members signed an application, which was forwarded to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) in Chicago.
The first meeting was held on September 30, 1956. The small group was very optimistic concerning the Maine Association. Through the help of the AANA, the group grew. In the 1956-67 period there were 24 active members and 7 inactive members. MeANA became the 42nd state to be organized and recognized.
MeANA now has over 361 members and 30 nonmembers (mostly retired former members). Our members work in the largest medical centers in Maine, as well as being the only anesthesia providers in 20 of the state’s most rural hospitals. During that time we have had 38 Presidents who have served our Maine CRNA members securing a solid place in the anesthesia community in our state. For example, more than 60 % of our members provide solo anesthesia in rural communities and have helped to lead the way in opioid free alternative anesthesia and pain management. During the recent COVID pandemic, Maine CRNAs continue to work tirelessly to protect and keep safe their patients, colleagues and their families. The coming year is full of promise and Maine CRNAs will continue its proud tradition of quality anesthesia care, commitment and service to its community and patients.
2018-2019: Erin Foley
2017-2018: Paul Schneider
2016-2017: Seth Rabinowitz