Anesthesia is the safe administration of medication that enables a medical procedure or surgery to be completed without pain, while also minimizing or eliminating awareness. It also helps to control the patient’s reaction to stress and reduce fear and anxiety. Our anesthesiology department makes possible procedures that improve health, longevity and quality of life. Millions of Americans safely undergo surgery with anesthesia every year.

902 North 7th Street
Cordele, GA 31015

health woman walking

Anesthesia can be used to:

  • Relax you.
  • Block pain.
  • Make you sleepy or forgetful.
  • Make you unconscious for your surgery.

Most anesthetics fall into one of two broad categories: general or local/regional. At Crisp Regional, we use all types of anesthesia, including labor analgesia for childbirth, an epidural after surgery for pain management, and intravenous short-lasting anesthesia for procedures such as endoscopy or colonoscopy. We perform lumbar punctures and epidurals, emergency intubations and central line placements with ultrasound guidance, as well as support patient needs in the Emergency Department.

General anesthesia affects the entire body and is used when it’s important for the patient to be unconscious. Major, life-saving procedures such as open-heart surgery, brain surgery or organ transplantation would not be possible without general anesthesia.

General anesthetics are delivered intravenously or breathed in as a gas. Intravenous anesthetics act quickly and disappear rapidly from the bloodstream, so patients can go home sooner after surgery. Inhaled anesthetics may take longer to wear off.

Local and regional anesthesia uses anesthetics to block pain in a part of the body, affecting only a small part of the body. Regional anesthetics affect a larger area, such as an epidural that numbs below the waist. Patients can remain conscious and comfortable during the procedure.

What Is an Anesthesiologist?

Anesthesiologists are specialized medical doctors (MDs) or doctors of osteopathy (DOs). They are primarily responsible for the safety and well being of patients before, during and after surgery. They administer anesthesia or supervise the administration of anesthesia for medical procedures and surgeries. Anesthesiologists are also available for consultation in the management of numerous perioperative or critical care patient needs, including acute pain management, difficult or invasive vascular access and emergency airway support.

stethoscope around doctor's neck

What is a Nurse Anesthetist?

A nurse anesthetist (certified registered nurse anesthetist or CRNA) is an advanced practice nurse with post-graduate education in the study of anesthesia. Upon completion of master’s or doctorate-level studies, nurse anesthetists must pass a national certification exam to become board-certified CRNAs. They collaborate with anesthesiologists to provide the best possible anesthesia care for our patients.

Meet our Team

The Anesthesiology team at Crisp Regional Hospital includes two board-certified anesthesiologists and two board-certified nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), each of whom have more that 12 years of experience in the field.


Guy Young, MD
Guy Young, MD
902 North 7th Street
Cordele, GA 31015Dr. Young received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He completed an internship and residency in anesthesiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Science Center in Richmond, where he served as chief resident. He has practiced anesthesiology for more than 20 years.

Jamie Atkins, CRNA
Jamie Atkins, CRNA

Randy Reyher, CRNA
Randy Reyher, CRNA

Stacy Reyher, CRNA
Stacy Reyher, CRNA

Kenneth Watson, CRNA
Kenneth Watson, CRNA

A Patient’s Story

“I became the patient recently. I am so thankful that I was able to have the procedure here in my hometown and didn’t feel the need to travel for it,” said Jamie Atkins, CRNA. “It was an experience that made me proud to work here.”