Bruce Rioux, long-time member of the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MEANA) is the 2016 recipient of the Maine Hospital Association (MHA) Allied Professional Societies Recognition Award. This annual award recognizes healthcare professionals who have made significant contributions to their hospitals and professional organizations.
Bruce completed his nursing and nurse anesthesia education in Maine and began his career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in 1985. He became a member of MEANA at that time and has spent his career practicing at several hospitals in Northern Maine. Bruce continues to play a vital role as a healthcare provider and as an administrator of surgical and anesthesia services at Millinockett Regional Hospital, where CRNAs serve as the sole providers of anesthesia services.
Throughout his career, Bruce has acted as a preceptor and clinical coordinator for student nurse anesthetists from the University of New England.
Bruce became actively involved in MEANA serving as a committee chair, a board director, and as vice president. He served as MEANA’s president from 2004-2006.
Bruce has always been involved in government affairs and advocacy. He remains an advocate for his profession and a stalwart guardian of practice regulation.
Bruce was unanimously nominated by the 2016 MEANA board as a recipient of the MHA Allied Professional Societies Recognition Award.
The award was presented to Bruce during the MHA Summer Forum, held at the Samoset Resort in June.
Photo (from left): Mick Czado, June St. Pierre, Bruce Rioux, Julie Rioux, and Tom Nolan.