Jonnalee Burgess, Cert.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
Our Regional Meeting in Newark, New Jersey was a success, as they all are. I am ever so grateful to Alex Villanueva, Dr. Thomas Pallaria, Keona Burgess, Magdalena Zayas, Frank Fernandez and Newark Beth Israel Hospital for hosting our meeting this last weekend (May 5th). We had 77 people in attendance, and 7 lectures. The lectures were extremely informational. Lunch was very appropriate for Cinco De Mayo, we had a Taco Bar for lunch, minus the Margarita’s.
Angel Martinez and Alvin Mangubat are hosting a meeting on Saturday, June 9th at NYU Lutheran Langone Medical Center, in Brooklyn, NY. The attendance cannot be more than 100 people, so register early if you want a guaranteed seat. I have included the link here for you. This is the brochure that shows you everything, and the registration form is included as well. You can print it off or you can register online. https://www.asatt.org/files/Region1meeting/ASATT2018NYULangoneBrooklynMeetingFlyer.pdf
We have some EXTREMLY exciting news. We have the potential for 4 meetings in Region 1 this year, just another record breaker for us. It is not too early to start planning meetings for next year; maybe we could up the ante to 6 meetings in 2019. We have one meeting being planned as we speak in New Jersey as well. Not sure on the date yet, however I will keep you all informed the progress as it becomes available to me. Then, in November of this year, we are potentially having another meeting in Danvers, Massachusetts. When you host a meeting, you are providing much needed CEU’s for your fellow Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists. Keep checking on the ASATT website for information on all meetings. Please email topics that you would like to have presented at the meetings.
This year our 29th Annual Educational Conference will be August 23rd – 25th. It will be held in Las Vegas, NV at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Start making your plans and reservations now, registrations can be done by clicking this link https://www.asatt.org/conference/229/index.php August will be here before you know it. So you may want to start planning your opportunity to earn even more CEU’s and have some fun. Below are the details about the dates and hotel information: Conference Registration is now open and if you register by June 30, 2018, you can get the Early Bird rate. There is nothing like saving some money. You can also visit the Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino website: here is the link to make your room reservations or https://www.asatt.org/conference/229/hotel.php or you can call 800-358-8777. Ask for Group Code ASATT Conference 2018 or SBASA8.
We have some new merchandise for sale, and even more that will be coming to the website soon. Check out the website to see what we will have for new merchandise. I will bring some items, so you can buy it from me at the meeting or if you want to order it online you can do that as well.
Jonnalee, Burgess Cer.A.T.
Region 1 Director
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 2
Hope all is well with everyone. With graduations arising and children getting out of school, I can't believe this year is almost half done. I know many of you are planning a great vacation and I hope you take the time to breath and relax in our busy environment and enjoy being with your families.
There's still time to make plans to join us for our Annual Conference that will be held in Las Vegas. Please see the details below about the dates and hotel information:
Conference Registration is now open for the ASATT 2018 Annual Educational Conference,
You can still register for the early bird rate but time is running out.
Early Bird rate ends June 30, 2018
Register Now for the ASATT 2018 Annual Educational Conference
I will be holding another Region 2 conference that will be held at the University of Maryland on October 6,2018. More details will follow shortly. Remember if you would like to hold a Region 2 meeting please let me know. Holding a meeting has great perks and is a great way for you to earn your CE's.
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T
Region 2 Director
Trevon Logan Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region 3!!
This year the ASATT National Meeting will be held in Las Vegas @ Bally’s Hotel and Casino. Early registration is now open. Register early for a biggest discount until June 30, 2018.
Our Region 3 meeting will be April 7, 2018 @ the Durham VA Medical Center 508 Fulton Street Durham NC 27705. Registration is now open so please register. I am excited about seeing you all there.
Remember National Anesthesia Technicians Day is March 31, 2018. Please make sure that your hospitals know that it’s our special day and enjoy the celebration!
New Logo wear items are available for purchase on ASATT website for a terrific value just in time for Anesthesia Technician Day. Take the time to check it out.
There is also a mini session scheduled for March 24, 2018 at the Durham VA hosted by the NCSAT.
Trevon Logan, Cer.A.T.
Region 3 Director
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 4,
I want to thank all that attended our spring Region 4 meeting we just completed. We had great attendance along with awesome topics and speakers. I want to give special attention to the 12 vendors without them the meeting could not have been as successful THANK YOU! Anyone wanting copies of the lectures email me and I will make sure you get them. Being that our National meeting is in August this year I would love to work with tech’s in my region to present another meeting in late October or early November. If this sounds like something that take your interest please get in contact with me ASAP. Registration is also open for the ASATT 2018 Annual Educational Conference, taking place on August 23-26, 2018 in Las Vegas at Bally’s Hotel and Casino. There is still time for some savings but you need to register as soon as possible.
It will be August before you know it and Vegas as we know is a lot of fun.
Let’s not forget about (COD) the College of Dupage (Illinois) offers what is called The Bridge program. This program is an acceleration of designed courses that will allow you to sit for the technologist test once completed. You must be qualified through ASATT to take this course. That means you must be a cert.A.T. and have at least 5 years of experience. For more information please give the program director Kathy Cabai a call 630.942.8328.
Happy Spring Region 4.
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Region 4 Director
(IA IL MN MO ND SD WI)
Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T.
Ahhhhhh spring. Or as we call it in Texas, early summer. The winter duldrums are a thing of the past. The trees are full and green, the flowers are blooming and the grass is growing. With that the annual competition with the neighbors starts. If your front yard starts to look shabby, oh you will hear about it. Fer sure!
Just like our neighbors coach us to have the best yard; we can do that in our profession. All of us experienced techs have a duty to train our new techs. And we all want these techs to be on an exceptional level. It’s good for us. It’s good for them. It’s good for the patient. It’s good for our profession.
One thing we all need to do is to get them involved with our profession. Get them to go to an official ASATT regional meeting. Don’t have one? Email me, lets do it! It is easier for me to travel to you than vice versa. I will do it. No problem.
BBQ and Street Corn
Some of my favorite things about the warmer months. Grilling is fine. Grilling is good. But taking a big ol’ chunk of beef or pork, rubbing it down with your own spice blend, slow smoking with wood and sharing it with friends and family. Priceless. And making street corn! I take a dozen ears of sweet corn, plop it on the grill, cut it off and mix it with magic. Mmmm mmm mmm!
As food nourishes our bodies, knowledge nourishes our minds. With nourishment we are able to perform at a higher level. With nourishment we can excel and be the best we can be.
We can provide professional nourishment for our peers. Learn something new to be the best tech you can be. Coach your coworkers to become the best they can be. We are all responsible for each other.
Encourage each other to learn more. Let’s have a regional meeting at your hospital. Let’s eat from the buffet of knowledge and raise our professional game.
We had another successful ASATT regional meeting May 5 in San Antonio!
Great speakers, great friends and great food. Breakfast tacos and then fajita chicken tacos and chicken flautas for lunch. Lots of happy bellies.
A big “Thank You” to Jason Menchey and Raul Esquivel for coordinating a great meeting! And there will be another in December! San Antonio in December is truly a beautiful sight. The Riverwalk is festive and fantastic!
Upcoming official ASATT Regional meetings coming up…
June 30 at Texas Health Ft. Worth
UTSW in Dallas
San Antonio in December
And the one at your hospital is waiting for you. Let’s do it!
Vegas! Vegas! Vegas!
The National Educational Conference is coming soon! Vegas has something for everybody. Be sure to register early to get the best deals!
The time is getting close to nominate your coworker for the Regional Education Award. Think about someone who encourages other to excel and learn.
Nothing says summer more than minor league baseball, to me. A nice relaxing evening watching “America’s Pastime”. Go out and support you local minor league teams!
These teams show teamwork, discipline and professionalism. Something you can share with coworkers. Have a night out with your team. Bond and grow. Have some fun.
So I’m getting hungry after all this. Email me for any questions about anything.
Greg Farmer Cer.A.T.
Region 5 Director
New Director Coming
Hello region 6,
Most of you already know me, due to other obligations Johnny needed to resign his position as Region 6 Director. In the meantime, I will be covering the Region. Right now, we are seeking a motivated person for Interim Region 6 Director. If you have been considering running for office, please feel free to contact me, I would be happy to explain the position and its responsibilities. This is a great opportunity for someone to make a short commitment, to get an idea of what it entails. The rewards are great, how else can someone effectively support change than direct involvement?
As Acting Director, I have begun to plan a meeting in Pasadena, I also have interest in a potential meeting in New Mexico, I will keep you posted as to when and the details. If you would like to have a meeting in your area, please let me know.
Otherwise, there is a lot going on with ASATT, planning the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, to include lectures that will provide CE’s towards technologist advancement. A Program Directors Workshop and we are looking to have a Leadership Meeting. This meeting is to offer skills and insight to what it takes to run a professional organization and to serve as a leader to others. The course is intended to prepare the future leaders of ASATT. As the profession grows we must nurture our future leaders, several of us are on our way out of these roles. We must therefore provide for our future.
On the professional forefront, we are reaching out to other professional organizations to inform them of our standardized educational processes. Our association liaisons work hard to help represent us, recently Joe Answine submitted an article about us, which was published in Anesthesiology, ASA’s periodical. Our scope of practice will be revised soon, the outline that reflects current practice is also being reviewed. The number of accredited programs will be increasing. We have adopted a Letter of Review, which allows newly formed programs the opportunity of review prior to accreditation. This enables students to qualify for the technologist examination and the opportunity for the program to make changes and improvements to meet the accreditation standards. So far, we have five programs that have either completed or are in the process of this review. Programs are beginning all over the country and the request for certified technologists is increasing. We are well on our way as a recognized profession.
Region 6 is a great region to belong to. We have large numbers of certified technologists and technicians, and work to advance the profession on a consistent basis.
Acting ASATT Region 6 Director
Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Aloha kakou everyone,
Happy that the Ballistic missile launch headed for Hawaii was a false alarm. With the increase of awareness in Hawaii I'm happy to announce that our Hawaii meeting is set for August 5.
Working out dates for two meetings in Washington and one in Oregon
Don't forget about our annual meeting coming up this August 23-25 in Las Vegas.
March 31st is anesthesia tech day. Go check out our merchandise section for gifts to show appreciation to the tech in your facility.