Jonnalee Geddis, Cert.A.T.
Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
We are having a meeting on May 18th at NYU Langone, Thank you Alvin Mangubat and Angel Martinez for hosting having another meeting for Region 1. Then we have the next meeting on June 1st at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. Thank you Dodie Krambeck and Shelly Lancia for offering to host the meeting in Pittsfield, Mass. I would love to have 3 more meetings on the calendar for this year. Region 1 covers a lot of territory, which in turn means that the more meetings we have the better chances of all the Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians in Region 1 attending these meetings to obtain there CEU’s. If you are contemplating having a meeting at your Hospital, please let me know so we can tentatively put you on the calendar. We will not need a permanent date, just an estimate would be very helpful. You can have a half day, a full day, or 2 days for a Regional Meeting, the choice will be yours. If you would like more details on how to host a meeting, send me an email or call me. Keep checking on the ASATT website for information on all our meetings.
Again it is important for ASATT to know what you would like to hear for lectures. Please email me the topics that you would like to have presented at this year’s Regional and Annual meeting as well. We want to make everyone happy with the meetings. Even if you had a meeting last year, you are more than welcome to host one again this year. I have already had 4 Sales Representatives inquiring about dates for our Regional Meeting’s. We can always change it around a little bit. Do not forget, that I do a majority of the work, and yes, the paper work included. All you will have to do is to pick a date, get a place (preferably free), same as the speakers. 1-hour lecture time means 1 CEU (50 minutes of Lecture time and 10 minutes for Questions and Answers). With the lecturers, we prefer that they donate their time as well. Figure out who you would like to have cater the food, whether its pizza, sandwiches or whatever you prefer. The menu of choice is up to the host/ hostess.
SAVE THE DATES: Please join us at the Annual Educational Conference, it will be our 30th Anniversary in Orlando the Dates are October 22nd- 24th, 2019 and it will be held at the Wyndham on International Drive, Orlando, Florida. This year we are having lectures and meeting times in the middle of the week so you can enjoy your time in the parks with your family in Orlando on the weekend before and/or after the meeting. This is a great time of year to be in Florida. The registration is open now, so start planning your family vacation. The sooner the better, this meeting will be high in attendance, due to the area that we will be in.
If you have always wanted to be more active with ASATT, here is your chance, we are always looking for members to help on the committees. It is a great way to get involved and learn the ropes so to speak, then if you want to become part of the Board of Directors, you can do just that. ASAT always encourages members to be on the BOD. This year is the year for the Region 1 Director to be up for Election or re-election. I would be glad to do it again if no one else wants to run.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there, enjoy your special day as I am sure hoping that the weather will cooperate. AGAIN do not forget to sign up now for the meetings at MY Langone in Brooklyn, NY and the one being held at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. They are both going to be great meetings and I also want to see some of my old friends and meet lots of new ones as well.
Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T.
Region 1 Director
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 2
Hope everyone is doing well. With spring here I hope each and every one of you will have some time to spend with your family and friends on vacations and making lots of memories.
What’s been happening in our Region:
I’m getting excited for our region 2 conferences that will be held in May- One of our meetings that will be held in Region 2 will be at the University of Michigan. The dates will be May 31 and June 1 2019. This will be a two day conference. There is another conference that will be held at UPMC PinnacleHealth in Harrisburg PA on May 17and 18, 2019.This will also be a 2 day conference. I’m excited about trying this meet and greet out with these 2 conferences. There is still time for you to register and join us for some great speakers and earn your CE’s.
Let’s get this rocking and rolling on holding a quarterly lunch/dinner get together. I would like us as a group to start a casual meeting for the Technicians and Technologist to get together every three months to have a lunch/dinner so we can hear how things are done at their hospitals. So please start throwing places out to me where we can make this happen.
I am still looking for more members to get with me to hold at least 2 more conferences for our region. Please contact me if you’re interested in holding a regional meeting, it has great perks and you can earn Free CE's!!! It takes a lot of work but it’s worth it!! Remember we all need CE’s so let’s work together as a team with promoting our profession!!
Don’t forget to start planning for our 2019 Annual Meeting this will be our 30th year Anniversary of ASATT Educational Conference in Orlando. Dates are October 22nd - 24th, 2019 and it will be held at the Wyndham on International Drive, Orlando, Florida. This can be a great opportunity to attend a conference and turn it into a family vacation at the same time. I would love to see more of us Technicians and Technologist to speak at our Annual Meetings remember you can earn additional CE’s for your presentation.
The logo committee has been hard working on items for us to sell at the conferences. I’m very excited about the designs we have come up with for our 30th year! Can’t wait to hear what our members have to say.
When renewing your membership we now have the option for a 2-year membership at the cost of $150.00 that is saving you $20.00 over the two-year period. You will still have the option for the 1-year membership at $85.00. One of the perks to being a member is that any conference that is given by ASATT is downloaded to your profile and makes it much easier when you’re up for re-certification.
Remember to be thinking about our Regional Education Awards. Please throw some names out to me. I will need to submit it shortly to the ASATT, If there is someone you think should be nominated for this award please bring it to my attention.
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T
Region 2 Director
Trevon Logan Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region 3!!
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Region 3 conference April 13th at Duke University Hospital. We had record number of participants. I hope to see you all again in July.
ASATT National meeting in Orlando, Florida Oct. 22-24. Registration is now open. Early Bird registration is $350 for members, $550 for non- members, Guest/ spouse $ 275, and student $175. Early bird registration is from Feb 25th through June 30, 2019. The later you wait to register the more it will cost you So, sign up now to avoid extra costs.
The Region 3 meeting in Gainesville, Ga at Northeast Georgia Medical Center has been moved to July 13, 2019. Be on the lookout for up- coming registration.
Durham Technical Community College in Durham NC has a new program for your Associate Degree in Anesthesia technology. Please look on line at Durham Tech. Community College for more information.
If there is anyone in Region 3 willing to sponsor a meeting please contact me ASAP. I would love to help plan a meeting in other cities in our Region to give the technicians somewhere else to tour, visit, and learn more about our profession.
Trevon Logan, Cer.A.T.
Region 3 Director
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
I hope y’all have had a great start to your spring!
Don’t forget to register for our upcoming Region 4 conference here in Milwaukee on June 22nd still confirming a few speakers but I guarantee 7 CEUs.
Upcoming ASATT important dates:
May 15th -Nomination forms for members for elections
-Nominations for Educational awards open
June 15th -Deadline for submission of completed nomination forms
June 24th-General election voting begins
July 23rd -Voting ends
Oct 23-25th-ASATT National Conference Orlando, FL
Membership renewal is coming up soon…ASATT now offers both a 1 year and 2 year membership. $85 for 1 year, $150 for 2 years.
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
Region 4 Director
Jason Menchey, Cer.A.T.
Hello from region 5,
Hope everyone had a good Easter, and got to spend time with their family. Orlando is coming up quickly, start looking for you vacation plans. Education conference will be held Tuesday through Thursday, so if you can take the weekend before and after and bring the family. Things to do in Orlando. Click the link and see what you can do on your free time.
Always looking to setup more meetings in Region 5, would love to help educate the Anesthesia Technician and Technologist profession. I have talked to quite a few techs that would like meeting in their areas, but have not made any date from upcoming meeting. Remember if you help coordinate a meeting, you will get FREE CEUs. As well as if you present a topic, you get one additional credit, and if you make you presentation and give you get two free credits. It is not hard to setup meetings, if you need any help email me and I will give you the steps to set it up.
Upcoming events for ASATT:
May 15th -Nominations for Educational Award. Do not forget to nominate who you thought helped in your region with Anesthesia Education.
May 15th –Nominations for board members opens up as well, and voting begins in June.
Coming up soon is the annual membership renewal. When renewing your membership we now have the option for a 2-year membership at the cost of $150.00 that is saving you $20.00 over the two-year period. You will still have the option for the 1-year membership at $85.00. One of the benefits of being a member is that any conference that you go to that is ASATT approved will automatically be downloaded to your profile and makes it much easier when you are up for re-certification.
Again National Conference in Orlando Florida on October 22-24, 2019. Start planning your trip now. REGISTER ONLINE. Register now to be able to sign up with the early bird discount, by June 30th.
Any questions or concerns you can always email me, and I will help the best way I can.
Jason Menchey Cer.A.T.
Region 5 Director
Allison Kohn, Cer.A.T.T.
Hello Region 6
Registration Coming Soon!! The 2019 ASATT Annual Conference will be one October 22-24, 2019 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, Orlando, FL
Anesthesia Tech Day coming up on March 31st. Make sure to celebrate and show your coworkers some appreciation.
April 6 is our first Regional 6 meeting in quite some time, and I am excited to have all of you attend so we can plan another one ASAP! I am still working out all of the details for the day, and will post them as soon as I can. It will be at the Kaiser School of Anesthesia, 1570 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106-2003.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for region 6. We are in this together!
ASATT Region 6 Director
Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Howzit going gang,
Summer is upon us and its beautiful here in the Pacific NorthWest. We have some questions for you Region 7.
Does your hospital allow you to assist with blocks?
What is your role when assisting with blocks?
Are you part of patient positioning on the operating room table?
Email me your answers I’m curious and so are some of your other members.
Neil Allen and his team is putting together a half day meeting in Portland on June 1st.
It’s a small venue and our first half day meeting. Sign up early because seats are limited.
Delbert Macanas is hosting his 21st regional meeting in Honolulu August 4th. This is a great meeting to attend because Delbert always finds speakers that have interesting lectures. Sign up and details will be up soon
Jasmine and Michael is hosting our second half day meeting in Tacoma, Washington on August 10th.
This is a great opportunity to hear the latest information in anesthesia from providers at St. Anthony’s Hospital.
Looking for free CEU’s?
Let’s talk about CEU’s. Want more meetings in your area? I want meetings too. But I need your help. Contact me and let’s come up with a plan.
-**Host a meeting Free admission to conference
-*Create a presentation on a topic relevant to the
Anesthesia Technician Content Outline 2 CEU
-*Present a topic at an ASATT Regional or Annual meeting. 1 CEU
Contact me for more information
*Must be submitted during recertification to earn credit.**Contact your Region Director for more details.
Registration is open for out annual conference on October 22nd-26th in Orlando, Florida. Be sure to put in for time off and sign up ASAP for early bird registration special rate. https://www.asatt.org/conference/246/reg.php
Dr. David Rietz’s ultimate honor of ASATT’s Region 7 educational award came after his untimely death, but he deserved the award every day over the 14 years I and many others worked with him. He was a huge advocate for education. Every staff member and student gained knowledge working with Dave Rietz, getting quizzed about the procedure he was about to do. My favorite question was: What is Poiselle’s law and how does it apply to an IV catheter size? Look it up and learn from him! He held early morning classes and helped eight anesthesia technicians including myself get certified. Dave was even discussing the possibility of an anesthesia technology program at the local university since an orthopedic surgeon and friend of his became dean of the medical programs. His wife, Susie Rietz, accepted the award on his behalf. The award now stands in our OR as a call for others to teach and improve those around them, patient and coworker alike.
St. Vincent Hospital