Peggy L. McFadden, CRNA, BS has served multiple terms as KyANA president: 1971, 1978-1979, 1979-1980, 2001-2002, and 2002-2003. Not only has she been a pioneer of nurse anesthesia for the state of Kentucky, but she excelled at promoting our profession across the nation. Peggy served as AANA Region 2 Director (1982-1984), AANA Vice President (1984-1985), AANA President-elect (1985-1986 and 1991-1992), and two-time AANA President (1986-1987 and 1992-1993). Peggy said, “I am very proud to have been from a small state and get elected to the national presidency.” Peggy graduated from the Cincinnati General Hospital School of Anesthesia in 1965. She has practiced at St. Joseph’s in Lexington, the VA, Versailles, Good Samaritan, and also some locums work.
When Peggy’s presidency for the KyANA began, there were approximately 123 KYANA members and with each passing year the membership grew significantly. In 1986 under her year as the AANA President, Congress passed legislation providing CRNAs direct reimbursement under Medicare part B. This made nurse anesthesia the first nursing specialty/non- physician group to be accorded direct reimbursement rights under the Medicare program. We are celebrating the 30th year of this decision and Peggy will be speaking about this at the Annual Congress in September. In addition, she appointed the first Peer Assistance Advisory Group and the professional liability insurance company, AANA Insurances, formerly Anesthesia PLS, was initiated during her terms as AANA President.
Ira Gunn, CRNA was the most influential CRNA to Peggy. Ira was an advisor to her and the other Kentucky CRNAs (Weller Head, Gary Jenkins, and Glenn Ruppert) who were successful in passing legislation that required Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAs) to also be Physician’s Assistants (PAs) to practice in Kentucky. This has been critical in helping to fight the AA battle for over 30 years.
Peggy was the recipient of the Agatha Hodgins award in 2011 for her outstanding accomplishments and dedication to excellence which has furthered the art and science of nurse anesthesia. She remains an active and valuable resource, both on the state and national levels.
In 2014, Peggy retired from St. Joe East in Lexington after 49 years as a practicing CRNA. Horses are her passion and she works daily on the farm maintaining its functionality just as she did for the KyANA. She sees our profession and association as passionate and proud, and the same can be said of how our membership feels about her.