Mission & Awards Gala

Proceeds from May 5 event will fund mission initiatives locally and in Haiti

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) will host its third annual Mission & Awards Gala at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m.

Featuring a performance by former Little Texas lead vocalist Tim Rushlow, the event will include a reception, dinner, private access to the museum, and an award ceremony recognizing accomplished anesthesia professionals and key supporters of the School.

Tickets and information are available online or by contacting MTSA’s Advancement & Alumni Office at (615) 732-7674.

“We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the anesthesia community, while enjoying the company of colleagues, family and friends,” said Event Chairperson Michelle Arant, MS, CRNA, APN.

The event will also celebrate the School’s heritage and mission by honoring and recognizing alumni, community partners and others for their dedication, engagement and support of MTSA. The following individuals will receive special recognition:

  • Brad Koss, MS, CRNA, Ikey DeVasher Distinguished Alumni Service Award
  • John Shields, DNP, CRNA, Clinical Excellence Award
  • Patrick Moss, DNAP, CRNA, Nevin Downs, MD Leadership Award
  • Lois J. Bernard, MS, CRNA, Philanthropy Award
  • Linda Bauman, CRNA (posthumously), Mission & Heritage Award

“Last year we sponsored our first mission trip to Haiti where we hope to focus our efforts,” said MTSA President Chris Hulin, DNP, MBA, CRNA. “I’m grateful to the Mission & Awards Gala Committee and all our supporters for their efforts to fund this important work. What better way to demonstrate the MTSA mission and heritage than to serve our fellow man.”

Current plans for the Haiti mission include the purchase of two ultrasound machines from Tenvision for use in critical obstetric care, as well as discussions with an orthopedic surgery group and local university to send teams to select Haitian hospitals and clinics.

The Gala is black-tie-optional and open to all including alumni, faculty, students, physicians, medical groups, corporations and individuals. Tickets are $100 each, and sponsorships are available.

Anyone who cannot attend the event but would like to contribute to MTSA’s Mission Initiatives is invited to make a donation of any amount at www.mtsa.edu/donate.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203.

Event sponsors include:

  • Dinner: Northstar Anesthesia
  • Reception: Phy-Med Healthcare Group
  • Nevin Downs, MD Leadership Award: The Downs Family
  • Philanthropy Award: Mollenkopf Design Group


About Tim Rushlow

Tim Rushlow is no stranger to the stage having grown up in a musical family, then the lead vocalist for the country supergroup Little Texas, followed by a successful solo career. Tim has taken the approach with his One Man, One Guitar, One Night show that every audience member is in his living room for the night.

Tim says, “There is something magical when you strip away all the huge production and break it down to an intimate setting. I love turning a venue into my living room and then it’s just up to me to take people on a musical journey through all the songs that have left a mark in my life. Some are hits I have written, some are hits I have sung, some are songs that I missed along the way that were huge for other artists, while others are simply songs that are a part of my life and mean something to me.”

His is a show packed with passion, honesty, and heart from an artist who has sold over 11 million records, won CMA awards, ACM awards, and been nominated for three Grammy awards. He still participates in a large annual tour for U.S. troops around the world, while maintaining his drive to reach perfection as a solo artist on a stage with his guitar. This is where Tim Rushlow is at his best.


About Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

Founded in 1950, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) provides graduate-level education and training of nurse anesthetists in a Christian environment born of its Seventh-day Adventist heritage. MTSA is the only independent, fully accredited anesthesia institution of its kind in the nation, instilling excellence through innovative and diverse clinical experience. More than two-thirds of Middle Tennesseans having surgery entrust their lives to its graduates on a daily basis. A leader in academic, clinical and professional distinction, MTSA is responsive to the needs of its constituents, providing affordable graduate education for students from diverse backgrounds. For more information, visit www.mtsa.eduor call (888) 353-MTSA.

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