Jonnalee Geddis, Cert.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
Let’s make this a year to remember. I know of at least 5 people who would like to have a Regional Meeting. Together as a team, Region 1 stepped up to the plate, they all went above and beyond any of my expectations this last year. We had 3 meetings!!! Can you just imagine what 2019 can do for us? I am setting a goal of 5 Meetings. Please help me obtain my goal. I know we can do it. Hear ye, Hear ye… The Sensor will be back and up for you to enjoy in the Spring. The Sensor was on a hiatus, but it will be back real soon. Another great way to get CEU’s.
As you may or may not remember, March 31st is Anesthesia Tech Day. We are asking if you would like to submit an idea for our Anesthesia Day Tech Poster, to please submit your art work or ideas to ASATT Headquarters. If your hospital has a celebration in honor of the Anesthesia Technicians and/or Technologists, please remember to take pictures so we can post them on the web Report for April. Also, there are always items that you can purchase from the ASATT website under the storefront. If you want something and would like to drop hints for your boss and or co-workers, you can always print the Logo Wear order form off and leave it laying in your lounge, lunch room or better yet, your work room, with a sticky note stating when Anesthesia Tech day is. This is just a suggestion.
We already have a good head start on meetings for next year, so 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 will be great. You can always have a half day, a full day or 2 days for a Regional Meeting. When you host a meeting, you are providing much needed CEU’s for your fellow Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists. If you would like to host a meeting or learn how, send me an email or call me. Keep checking on the ASATT website for information on all meetings. Please email topics that you would like to have presented at this year’s meetings 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. If you want to host a meeting this year, please email me. We need to get the dates on the calendar as soon as possible. I have already had 4 Sales Representatives inquiring about dates for our Regional Meeting’s. Then we do not have to worry about the dates. It does not have to be a date set in stone. We can change it around a little bit. I will always leave a little wiggle room. 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). Again, hopefully the lecturers will donate their time as well. Figure out who you would like to have cater the food, whether its pizza, sandwiches or whatever you prefer. I want to personally thank Alex, Angel, Alvin, Lisa, Diane, and everyone else who helped make this year the most successful year for Region 1 has ever had. Strong work everyone, there is no I in Team.
Speaking of Meetings, please do not miss out on our 30th 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 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. Great time of year to be in Florida. The registration for the National Meeting will begin on January 31st. Keep your eyes open so you can get in on the early bird rates. 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. 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.
Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T.
Region 1 Director
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 2
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! I know the next month will be busy with getting ready for these holidays. These holidays can make you go crazy and can be very exhausting but in the end think of all the memories you’ve made with family and friends.
What’s been happening in our Region:
I have been busy networking to get meetings set-up, so we can earn our CE’s. 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. We are trying something fun with a meet and greet on Friday May 31 with speakers and on Saturday June 1 with more speakers. Thanks to Michelle and her team for getting this conference in order. More details will post shortly to the ASATT website.
I would also like to start a group 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.
Lastly if you’re interested in holding a regional meeting please contact me, it has great perks and you can earn Free CE's!!! It takes a lot of work but it’s worth it!! I would like set a goal of having FOUR Regional meetings a year for our Technicians and Technologist remember we all need CE’s so let’s work together as a team with promoting our profession!!
When I’m at meetings I hear members wanting to get more involved with our organization, one opportunity is volunteering to join a committee. You as a member can bring new ideas to help promote/change to better our profession and remember we are the voice of our organization and want it to grow and prosper!
I’m looking forward to our 2019 Annual Meeting that will be held in October in 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.
Remember if you’re up for recertification make sure you don’t come up short for CE’s. That’s one of the perks being a member of the ASATT, any regional or annual meeting you attend to earn your CE’s automatically get uploaded to your account. Lastly be thinking about our Regional Education Awards. 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!!
Welcome to 2019! I would like to wish everyone a Happy and prosperous 2019. Due to continued construction at the Fayetteville VA in NC the Region 3 meeting will be cancelled and rescheduled for a different time and location. Stay tuned for updates.
I hope everyone had a chance to recertify in month on December. Remember please don’t let your certification expire. We all have worked way too hard for this designation.
Please remember to Celebrate National Anesthesia Tech. Day on March 31st. Please send in your pictures of your celebration so it can be posted to the website.
ASATT is still looking for speakers for our National Meeting Oct 22-24 in Orlando Florida. It will be a wonderful opportunity to earn credits for recertification for those of you who are looking to recertify this year.
Durham Technical Community College in Durham NC has a new program for Anesthesia technologist. Please look on line for more information.
If there is anyone in our Region 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.
Hello Region 4,
Happy New Year to everyone in Region 4!
I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season!
I’m looking to start planning for our regional meeting this year; if you have any ideas, suggestions or would like to host, PLEASE let me know and we can get this ball rolling!
Don’t forget to start planning for the ASATT 2019 Annual Educational Conference in Orlando Florida this October. Being that it is near Disney, Sea World and all those marvelous attractions, ASATT wants you to keep in mind that this is a perfect opportunity for a family vacation as well as getting those credits! So be on the lookout for special conference dates and please bring your family and enjoy the parks.
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
Region 4 Director
(IA IL MN MO ND SD WI)
Jason Menchey, Cer.A.T.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM REGION 5!
Hope everyone had a good Holiday season and coming back to the slower pace of OR time. We are still trying to coordinate a few more Region 5 meetings. With that in mind we have a meeting coming up in March…
We will have another Official ASATT Region 5 Meeting in Dallas, TX
Saturday, March 2, 2019
William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital
Meeting Room 2109
(2nd floor conference area)
6201 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75390
TO ANYONE LOOKING TO COORDINATE REGION 5 MEETINGS HERE IS SOME INFO!!!!!!
If you would like to obtain a couple FREE CE’S contact me.
There are a couple ways to do this:
Setting up regional meetings, ASK ME HOW!!!
Present a topic-1 CE
Create the presentation AND present-2 CE’s
Choose a topic that you feel would benefit attendees, and roll with it!
Our national meeting is in Florida this year in October, make it a vacation take the family.
And remember Anesthesia Technician Day is March 31, 2019. Keep looking out for poster to print out, and hang up around your facility.
If you have any questions or concerns about region 5 you can always email me and I will help you out.
Help coordinate a meeting and earn free CE’s.
Jason Menchey Cer.A.T.
Region 5 Director
Allison Kohn, Cer.A.T.T.
Happy New Year Region 6!
I hope you all had a great holiday!
I am still working on getting a Region 6 meeting up and running. I am hoping to have our meeting in April of this New Year in Pasadena. I will keep you all posted! If anyone is interested in speaking or getting involved, please let me know.
Don’t forget about Anesthesia Tech day coming up in March. Everyone deserves some extra love and appreciation for all the hard work we do.
2019 ASATT Annual Conference, Orlando Florida! I have gotten a lot of questions on when this will be, which I hope means that you will all be attending. The dates are October 22-24. Mark the dates and bring your family!
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,
Happy New Year- Maka Hiki Hou- Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu!
Hope all is well and everyone had a safe holiday season. Temperatures are dropping as we are entering the heart of winter but region 7 is Hot Hot Hot!! Be on the look out because we have conferences lined up for Portland-Hawaii-Washington. Let’s not forget about ASATT’s annual conference October 22-24, 2019 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in Orlando, Florida. Looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces there.
Reminder, anesthesia tech day is coming up. Talk to your super visors and managers to see what you can do to show support to your anesthesia techs. Donuts, High Fives, balloons, flower or candy leis, maybe something off the ASATT merchandise page. Please don’t forget and show some extra appreciation to your fellow anesthesia techs on March 31.
Be on the look out for our first conference of the year in The Hipster city of Portland, Oregon. The guys at OHSU are hosting and it’s always a sell out. Keep checking the website for more details as they develop.
Speaking of conferences… if you or your team is looking for more credits. The best way do that is by hosting a conference in your area. Contact me if you’re interested or just have questions.