Inaugural Mission & Awards Dinner

MTSA Hosts Inaugural Mission & Awards Dinner

On Thursday, May 8, approximately 234 guests gathered to celebrate the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia at the School’s Inaugural Mission & Awards Dinner, an evening of dining, recognition and celebration. This black-tie optional event held at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated MTSA’s heritage and mission, while recognizing outstanding anesthesia providers and clinical leaders who reflect the best in anesthesia education.

In addition to the awards presented, Richie McDonald, lead singer for the group LONESTAR entertained the guests when he made a surprise appearance.  Proceeds from the event will be used for capital improvements and program development needs specific to MTSA’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Degree (DNAP). MTSA began the DNAP program in September 2013, and unlike other Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, MTSA’s DNAP program is unique due to its focus in anesthesia.

The evening recognized local and regional individuals who have helped transform MTSA, the students who attend, and the field of anesthesia across Middle Tennessee. 


Awards Presented Include:


Clinical Excellence Award was presented to Kent Price, CRNA, APN

·    Price is a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Summit Medical Center in Nashville, TN, where he regularly interfaces with MTSA students as clinical instructor. He received this award because of his eagerness to instruct, train, and educate MTSA students.


Mission & Heritage Award was presented to Hampton Bisalski, CRNA, MS, APN

·    Bisalski is a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and a graduate of MTSA. He has served MTSA as clinical instructor, didactic instructor, faculty, Alumni Association President, and Trustee. He received this award because he embodies and exemplifies the heritage, mission, and core values of MTSA.


Philanthropy Award was presented to Bernard V. Bowen, CRNA, DSc (posthumously)

·    Bowen was an outstanding benefactor to MTSA through a major bequest, and a divided interest in a limited partnership which continues to generate a monthly income for the School. In 1950, he founded the Madison Hospital School of Anesthesia for nurses, and in 1980, it officially became Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia. This award was accepted by Vicki Nenner, Bowen's niece.


The Mary Elizabeth DeVasher Distinguished Alumni Service Award was  presented to Wayne Winfree, CRNA, MS, APN

·    Winfree is a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and the President of Cumberland Anesthesia in Carthage, TN. He is a two-time graduate of MTSA and a member of MTSA’s first Master of Science class. He has served MTSA an alumni president, trustee and on several committees.


The Nevin Downs Leadership Award was presented to Arthur Runyon-Hass, MD, PhD

·    Runyon-Hass is a practicing Anesthesiologist who joined Nashville’s Anesthesia Medical Group (AMG) in 1991. He received this award because he personifies the integrity, honesty, fairness and exemplary leadership with which Dr. Downs served the profession including his advocacy of Nurse Anesthesia and MTSA.

Back to News and Events

News & Events

More News and Events