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Jason Lihs, CRNA

Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and U.S. Army Veteran Jason Lihs makes it possible for residents living in rural SW Iowa to drive only a short distance for surgery at the 25-bed critical access hospital in Clarinda, Iowa.

The hospital’s anesthesia services are provided autonomously by Jason. This allows patients from driving nearly an hour to the Omaha /vicinity for a variety of routine and emergency procedures.

“Without CRNAs in our facility, this rural hospital wouldn’t be able to offer life-saving surgeries and procedures at critical times in a patient’s illness,” said Jason.

Jason said the totality of his education – from earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a background in flight nursing to his anesthesia training – taught him the vigilance needed to be a safe anesthesia practitioner. His didactic education imparted him with the principles of anesthesia, while his clinical rotations taught him how to choose the appropriate anesthetic based on a patient’s physiology/pathophysiology and the surgery being performed.  He said patients’ surgical care would be significantly affected without CRNAs at his facility.

Jason served in the Army for 25 years.  
Jason is married and has 4 children and resides in Clarinda. Jason likes to travel, golf, and enjoys the lifestyle that SW Iowa offers.



B.S. - University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD

Medical Degree

Diploma in Nursing
Bryan School of Nursing
Lincoln, NE

Bachelors of Science in Nursing
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD

Graduate Studies in Nurse Anesthesia
Mount Marty College
Yankton, SD




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Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS)

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