Staff Profile: Jenny West – Practice Coordinator

Jenny West

Jenny West Profile PhotoTime With Company: Since August 2009
Position: Practice Coordinator

How Jenny Started Working for Excel: 
Jenny was working in Corporate Woods in 2008.  Her boss interviewed with Excel Anesthesia and decided it wasn’t a fit, but she thought Jenny would be.  Jenny met with Excel Anesthesia and knew right away that it was the right environment for her.  Jenny said, “Excel is a more friendly work environment and I love that.”

Roles and Responsibilites:
Jenny is responsible for scheduling the CRNAs at our client facilities, supports the credentialing effort for our CRNAs, and manages our billing company partner for patient and insurance claims.

Brant had this to say about Jenny’s work at Excel:
Jenny  has consistently exceeded expectations in almost all areas of her job. She is extremely dependable and always willing to fill in where and when help is needed. She sets expectations of her self higher than Excel would expect and always strives for perfection. Jenny’s positive impact on the day to day operations of Excel are easily identified. She sets the job performance standard for all other staff. Excel is lucky to have her as part of the team.

Jenny West - Signature SnapshotsWhat Does Jenny Do in Her Spare Time?
Spending time with her family, especially her 13 year old daughter, Lauren.  She loves getting craft and recipe ideas from pinterest.  She also has a creative sign business where she takes pictures of real world items and puts them together to spell a word or phrase (an example is the “FAMILY” image to the right.  Very cool.)

March 7th – MoANA Town Hall Meeting

KCPlazaJoin us for any part of our informative Happy Hour session on the Plaza to discuss important legislative issues directly impacting our profession.Regardless of when you can arrive, it is important for us to remain connected and united. MoANA understands the issues that are currently affecting our practice and needs your voice, your involvement, and your support!! Take time out of your busy work week to unwind while meeting and socializing with other CRNAs in your region. Discover ways in which you can help. Together we have strength.

Brio Tuscan Grille , 502 Nichols Road , Kansas City, MO 64112 816.561.5888

March 7, 2014
5:00-6:00pm- Unwind and Socialize
6:00-7:00pm- Pres. Rob Walsh, MBA, MS, PhD, CRNA

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Jean Covillo Testifies to Support Recent APRN Bill

An important bill was introduced to the house recently that affects APRNs (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse).

Jean Covillo was asked by MOANA to testify in support BillTestifyHearingof the bill. (Yes,Jean has been to the Missouri Capitol twice, in as many weeks, in the month of February). Senate Bill 700/House Bill 1481, APRN Barrier-free Collaborative Practice Legislation Collaborative Practice Arrangements (CPA) are outlined in State Statute 334.104, RSMo.

Current law states a physician may enter into a collaborative practice arrangement with an advanced practice registered nurse. The collaborative practice arrangement must be in writing and contain a list of items, such as complete names, addresses, telephone numbers, specialty board certifications, AND the manner of collaboration between the collaborating physician and the advanced practice registered nurse.

The CPA outlines how the physician and APRN will engage in collaborative practice consistent with each professional’s skill, training, education, and competence. The proposed legislation deletes the “geographic proximity” required for a CPA. In rules, that mileage restriction is 30 miles in an urban setting, and 50 miles in a rural setting. The proposed language states the physician and APRN will maintain “effective electronic communications”.

Currently, any rules and regulations regarding collaborative practice arrangements must be jointly promulgated by the Board of Nursing and the Board of Healing Arts. This proposed legislation would remove joint rulemaking for everything except rules regarding controlled substance prescriptive authority.

The following is an excerpt of Jean’s Testimony
Although CRNAs are exempt from collaborative practice agreements, as fellow APRNs we are supportive of any legislation that will allow our APRN colleagues the ability to practice their profession to the full extent of their education, training, and experience.

Like CRNAs, many APRNs provide healthcare service to the rural counties in Missouri, many of which qualify as Health Professional Shortage Areas. Without APRN services, many patients would either be forced to travel many miles from their local healthcare facility or fore go treatment entirely. As you can imagine, this is a very real concern for the rural hospitals and clinics, the healthcare professionals committed to providing this care, the patients, and our fellow Missouri citizens.

My role in testimony is to support legislation that will afford our citizens better access to care by permitting APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. The Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MoANA) fully supports this proposed legislation.

MoANA Lobby Day 2014 – Lobbying for CRNAs


Jean Covillo, owner of Excel Anesthesia, attended the 2014 MOANA Lobby Day in Jefferson City on February 5, 2014.  It was a day to talk to lawmakers about issues affecting CRNAs

MOANA held a reception on Tuesday evening which drew a large turnout of legislators. Although the official “Lobby Day” was cancelled due to heavy snow fall, we (the 5 MoANA Members who were able to arrive ahead of the weather) continued with Lobby Day nevertheless. With so few of us in attendance, we had to cover a lot of ground to ensure we visited as many legislators as we could.

It was definitely an eye opening experience.  We were there to educate our representatives about the role that CRNAs play in providing quality healthcare rather than discuss any upcoming legislation.  We were pleased that the Senators and Representatives that took time to meet with us were open to hearing what we had to say.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Excel Anesthesia!

Happy Valentines Day from Excel AnesthesiaHappy Valentine’s Day from Excel Anesthesia!  It is finally getting warmer in Kansas City, so we hope that you take advantage of the opportunity to go out for a nice dinner or evening on the town with the important people in your life. 

Open Table LogoHopefully, you already have reservations for dinner, but if not, you could check out Open Table for a list of 54 Kansas City restaurants that have Valentine’s Day specials.  Visit Open Table to reserve a table at your favorite spot.  If you happen to read this article after Valentine’s Day, we still recommend trying out Open Table to make dinner reservations… it is a great service that costs nothing!

Brant and his wife Cassandra are going to go to Fogo de Chao on the plaza.  They received a Fogo de Chao gift card from the partners at Excel Anesthesia during the holidays and are looking are forward to their dinner at the Brazilian steakhouse!  Jenny and Chris are going to Cheesecake Factory.  Yum!

Staff Profile: Brant Myers – Director of Operations

Brant Myers

Brant Myers PHOTOTime With Company: Since April 2013
Position: Director of Operations
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Brant met Jean during an on-site support visit while working for Umbrella Managed Systems, a KC based IT service provider. She appreciated his calm, intellectual demeanor and his knack for explaining complex technical processes in an easy to understand, straightforward manner.

Brant wears many hats when working for Excel Anesthesia. He is responsible for our information technology ranging from vendor management, user support and system maintenance. Brant also works directly with Jean on new initiatives for the expanding practice. He is involved in the marketing efforts through the website and various social media applications, as well as general managerial oversight of the company office staff.

Brant is definitely not your stereotypical “IT” guy. He has a delightfully outgoing personality and a knack for providing technical explanations for those of us who just want to know what button to push to either make it work or mute the alarm!

When not at the office, Brant spends time with his wife, son and daughter. They love traditional family pastimes like board games, cards and watching movies. Brant is taking Tae-Kwon-Do with his son and is a soccer dad for his daughter. Brant enjoys playing golf whenever he finds time between playing handyman around the house and tinkering with Macs, iPods and iPads. He’s a geek for sure and a big fan of all things Apple.

We are very happy and fortunate to have Brant on the Excel Anesthesia team!


What is a CRNA?

Certified Registered Nurse AnesthetistCRNAs are the core of Excel’s business.  We are often asked, “What exactly is a CRNA?”. The acronym is not commonly known outside the healthcare industry, but if you’ve ever had a medical procedure requiring anesthesia, there’s a good chance that you’ve taken advantage of CRNA services.

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is one of the four Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) roles. CRNAs provides the full spectrum of patients’ anesthesia care and anesthesia-related care for individuals of all ages, across all recognized levels of acuity, including persons with immediate, severe, or life-threatening illnesses or injury. This care is provided in diverse settings, including hospital surgical suites.

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Happy New Year from Excel!

Happy New Year 2014The holidays were a quiet time at Excel. There was no official office party this year but there were treats in the form of popcorn tins and truffles sent to the office by our CRNAs! Jenny and Brant brought in homemade candies and cookies, some of which have yet to be eaten. Don’t worry, they WILL get eaten, but we are trying to pace ourselves.

Thanks to all those who contributed to our holiday cheer with treats and well wishes.

We are looking forward to 2014 with excitement and a renewed enthusiasm. We are positioned for growth this year and expect to be adding new clients in the first few months. We hired a new CRNA who will be starting in February and have hired new office staff as well (look for more detail about them in future posts!)

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Happy Holidays from Excel Anesthesia!

Happy Holidays from Excel Anesthesia

It’s that time of year again when people are shopping for gifts, planning parties, and looking forward to time with friends and family.  In Kansas City, we are trying to do this while staying warm in 15-20 degree weather!

In spite of all the hustle and bustle, we wanted to take a moment and wish you Happy Holidays!  Enjoy the time off and the good food.

Excel Anesthesia will be closed Christmas day, December 25th and New Years Day, January 1st, but we are open the rest of the time.  Most of our team is staying in town for the holidays.  We wish anyone traveling a safe journey!

Jean Covillo Elected to MOANA Region 1 Director

In September 2013, Jean Covillo, Managing Member of Excel Anesthesia, was elected as MoANA’s Region 1 Director.  MoANA, the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists, is a state CRNA membership organization that works to advance the profession of nurse anesthesia, serving all citizens of Missouri.


As Region 1 Director, Jean will represent and promote the professional interests of those CRNAs residing in the Kansas City, Missouri region and its immediate surrounding areas.

Jean has more than 20 years experience as a CRNA, including 17 years in private practice as an owner/manager of the largest CRNA company in the Midwest region.  She has witnessed the profound impact of poorly drafted legislation that places unrealistic and unnecessary supervisory restrictions on the practice of anesthesia by CRNAs.  The end result is that these restrictions further limit patient access to quality healthcare services.

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