Somnia Announces Fifth Annual CRNA of the Year Award

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (February 17, 2016) — In celebration of National Nurse Anesthetists Week, Somnia Anesthesia, an anesthesia practice management company serving hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and office-based practices nationwide, is recognizing an outstanding Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The company is announcing the fifth annual CRNA of the Year contest and is proud to present this year’s winner.

Somnia congratulates Mark Gates, Chief CRNA at University Medical Center of El Paso, for exceptional healthcare service and unparalleled work in anesthesia excellence. Somnia received nominations from healthcare professionals throughout the United States, and Mark stood out among them, exemplifying the highest-quality anesthesia patient care. After being nominated by colleague Laneeta Ingram, and being reviewed by Somnia’s clinical leadership team, Mark joins past winners who have all dedicated their lives to clinical excellence. “Mark is truly a team player. If you have any concerns about the anesthesia plan or just need someone to bounce ideas off of, Mark is the go-to guy. Mark helps create a work environment that is positive, allowing CRNAs here to focus on providing the best care for our patients,” says Ms. Ingram.

Distinguished medical professionals such as previous winner Joseph Velasquez of Kern Medical Center (KMC) are the faces of quality healthcare. Today, hospitals struggle with issues of care team model selection, high costs, and changing legislation. The volatility of the environment surrounding healthcare demands that practitioners must be dedicated to the welfare of their patients. The CRNA of the Year Award is a way to recognize the dedication and devotion of health professionals who are working to achieve best-in-class patient care and an honest commitment to growth and improvement.

“CRNAs are important contributors to anesthesia and overall care, and this award is our way of acknowledging the value and quality nurse anesthetists bring to patients,” said Brent Sommer, CRNA, MPHA, Somnia’s National Director of CRNA Affairs and Education.

Somnia would like to thank CRNAs and healthcare professionals such as Mark Gates for their great work in creating better healthcare despite ongoing challenges, and for continuing to provide service that never compromises patient safety or satisfaction.

Somnia is a national anesthesia management company that builds and manages anesthesia teams across the country. For more information about Somnia careers, please visit

About Somnia Anesthesia
Somnia Anesthesia optimizes anesthesia services for healthcare facilities throughout the country by combining clinical excellence with unparalleled management acumen. Owned and operated by anesthesiologists since 1996, Somnia provides a turnkey, solutions-based approach to anesthesia management. With an extensive in-house infrastructure and a single-minded focus on anesthesiology, Somnia builds and manages local anesthesia teams that consistently deliver the highest-quality patient care, enhance operating room performance, increase revenues, and achieve full surgeon and patient satisfaction. For more information, visit:

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