Jonnalee Burgess, Cert.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
Happy Anesthesia Tech Day
Just a reminder that on March 31st it is Anesthesia Tech Day. Please make sure your team knows about the day. If they do happen to celebrate please email me your pictures. The pictures I will put in April or May’s Web Report.
On April 8th we will be having a Regional 1 Meeting and Seminar at Montefiore Medical Center, 111 East 210 ST., Bronx NY 10467 At this time we will be offering at least 7 CE’s, possibly more. I am still looking for volunteers to do at least l more meeting in Region 1. If you would like to know how to help with a meeting, email me for details. Registration is going well, we have 44 signed up so far. Hope to see you there. If you are putting off registering, please do it now so we have a better idea of how many will be there so we do not run out of room. Last year was very crowded. I am thinking this is going to be a record meeting for Region 1.
This year the Region 1 Director is up for elections. I have decided to run again this year for the Region 1 Director. If you or someone you know is interested in the position, please nominate them. In order for you to nominate them, they have to be in good standings with ASATT and in our Region in order to fill the position. For more details, please email me with questions.
ASATT National Meeting will be held in Pasadena, California at the end of August, 2017. Make sure you start making your travel arrangements now; it is only 5 months away. Keep an eye on the home page of ASATT for details. Start planning your summer vacation now
Jonnalee, Burgess Cer.A.T.
Region 1 Director
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 2
I hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for spring!! I know I'm ready for some warm weather.
I'm getting excited about the conference on April 22 & 23 at Hershey Medical center. I hope many of our technologists and Technicians will be able to join us there. Registration should be posting to the ASATT website shortly.
I'm still working out all the details on the June 3rd's conference. As soon as it's complete and approved I will let everyone know it's on the ASATT website.
The Educational Conference to Pasadena, CA for August 24 thru 26 is now open for registration. I'm getting excited for this conference too, The Chicago conference was such a great success and looking forward to this one being even better with great opportunities to learn even more and bring back all the new learning techniques and knowledge that I will learn.
Remember anyone that would like to hold a Region 2 meeting please email me. I'm always looking for great opportunities to meet and work with our technologists and Technicians.
In closing I hope everyone stays safe and warm with their loved ones. I hope to see many people joining us in the upcoming conferences.
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T
Region 2 Director
Gail Walker Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region 3!!
Well, things are moving and shaking here in Region 3! Our regional meeting in Chapel Hill has opened registration and I’m excited to be offering a more hands on experience this year. Class size is limited so be sure to register early. This class will award 7 CEs. Lambrick Mack at Emory is working on another meeting for us sometime this summer. More details will follow next month. Winston-Salem is still a possibility so stay tuned for more news at that location. Don’t forget Sue Christian at Vanderbilt is hosting a meeting April 22. The North Carolina State Society of Anesthesia Technicians will be having their state meeting in September at the Grove Park Inn. So happy to be offering more choices but some states still haven’t had a meeting in some years. If anyone in Florida is willing to help, I’d be so happy to get something started down there.
On another note, nominations for Regional Directors in regions 1, 3,5 and 7 are open this year. If you’ve never been involved with ASATT before, this is a great place to start. Please contact me if you’d like more information on what the position entails.
Gail Walker, Cer.A.T.
Region 3 Director
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 4,
While spring is approaching fast that also mean the region 4, meeting is right around the corner. Registration is now open for the region 4, 2017 Annual meeting taking place on April 29th, 2017 Bolingbrook, IL. The National Conference registration is also now open which will be held in beautiful Pasadena, Ca August 24-26 2017 Pasadena Hilton. Let’s get over to (ASATT.ORG) and start making plans to register for both events. I know it seems early to register for the National Conference but rooms go fast.
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Region 4 Director
(IA IL MN MO ND SD WI)
Work: 708-202-8387 Ext. 29126
Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region Five!!!!
Welcome to March! It seems that spring is here but old man winter still pops up here and there. I hope that all is well with you and your families. It seems the flu is wreaking havoc here in my neck of the woods. So everyone take your vitamins and get plenty of rest to stay healthy.
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds that you plant."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
With that quote I am very happy to announce that we have a meeting in beautiful...
Jackson, Mississippi on June 24, 2017
I want to thank Dr. John Bethea for approaching me in Chicago and expressed his desire to raise the profession of anesthesia technologists!!!
Right now we have scheduled 6 meetings!!
- April 8 at UTSW in Dallas, TX
- April 29 in San Antonio, TX at Christus Santa Rosa Alamo Heights
- May 6 at Texas Health Plano in Plano, TX
- May 20 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas
- June 10 at Texas Health Arlington Memorial in Arlington, TX
- June 24 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss.
But that's not all...
I'm working on meetings in
- Denver, Colorado
- Biloxi, Mississippi
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Ft. Worth, Texas
- San Antonio, Texas (Fall)
I have also made contact with Texas Society of Anesthesiologists (TSA). They are having a meeting in San Antonio in September 2017. They will have a special rate for anesthesia technicians and technologists. They will post more info later this spring.
Now with the TSA meeting being available to ASATT members, this is not the same as an ASATT regional meeting. TSA will be responsible to deliver the certificates to its attendees.
If you and your teammates are not able to attend one of our regional meetings, email me. Together we will bring the meeting to you. At your hospital, with your MDA's,CRNA's, AT's and ATT's presenting topics.
I encourage all of you who are intending to attend one of my regional meetings, to register ASAP. Seating is limited and is filling up fast!
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." --Henry Ford
Lets keep working together to further our profession. The best, first step is have a regional meeting.
"Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire."--
William Butler Yeats
The College of DuPage (Illinois) will offer what is called The Bridge (AKA ASATT Advancement) 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 Cer.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.
ASATT Advancement Program
It's up to all of us to strive to improve ourselves as well as our profession.
I have many, many goals and innovations in mind for our region. These will not be accomplished quickly. But rather, it will require some time and patience. With your help and support, there is nothing we can't accomplish!
I am also up for reelection as region 5 director. I have greatly enjoyed this experience and hope to continue in my role as your director. As we grow, I am working on a long term plan to make our region the very best in ASATT!!
Don't forget about...
The National Meeting is in Pasadena, California on Aug 24-26. Keep your eyes on the website for up to date news and registration! Hope to see you there!!
Greg Farmer Cer.A.T.
Region 5 Director
John Walker, Cer.A.T.T.
Hello region 6,
Happy almost spring time Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, and of course Utah. I sure we all looking forward to losing an hour of sleep except you Arizona! But it time to start planning ahead and marking up your calendar. So speaking of that and meetings, conferences. We have one coming in April 29, in Santa Rosa, California, gateway to wine country and Anesthesia nirvana. Putting the finishing touches on the list of speakers and agenda. Please look for that next week. Also April 1 there is a webinar for a half day (4 CE’s) at www.anesthesiatechpearls.com. Remember it’s a 730am start time and I called them today it’s EAST COAST TIME.
Finally the big national event of the year in the Mecca of Anesthesia, Pasadena California August 24-26. The ASATT.org has all information up on it’s website. The incredible list of speakers and amazing agenda, don’t miss out! Please remember early bird registration till June 1st. Oh and on the August 27 there will be a workshop on cell salvaging with a wet lab from 8:30 to 11:30. It does require additional registration of space is limited. Ok thanks for reading my rambling sentences can’t wait to meet you soon.
John Walker, Cer.A.T.T.
ASATT Region 6 Director
Delbert Macanas, Cer.A.T.T.
Howzit Region 7!!!
March is here and so is spring. Hopefully this is the last month of cold weather… But this last Nor’easter is bringing a lot of snow the east coast again. Let the thaw begin again. Thank goodness Region 7 is located on the Western US… LOL
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
~ Anne Bradstreet ~
We have four meetings being planned for Region 7 in 2017. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, WA by John Gonzalez and crew. The Kaiser Sunnyside Meeting is being rescheduled probably to sometime in June at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital. Kellie Hines and friends are working with Mario Saldana and staff to iron out the details. The Hawaii meeting is scheduled for Sunday, August 6th at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Honolulu, HI. October – Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital. Plus, I still have hope we will still have a meeting at Evergreen Health Medical Center in Kirkland, WA and Providence Saint Vincent in Portland, OR.
“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.”
~ Robert H. Schuller ~
Is anyone interested in becoming the Region 7 Director? If you have any questions, please contact Alex at HQ or myself.
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Phil Jackson ~
I have contacted all of the state CRNA Societies again this year to allow ASATT members attendance to their annual educational meetings. Watch the ASATT website for updates.
There are already two state CRNA meetings posted on the website with ASATT approved CE’s. The Alaska CRNA Meeting will be held at Ayeska Resort on March 25-26, with 10 Category 1 and 1 Category 2 ASATT approved CE’s. On the same day, the Hawaii CRNA Meeting will be held at the Waikiki Sheraton and there are 11 Category 1 and 3 Category 2 CE’s that are ASATT approved.
It’s not too early to start planning to attend the first independent ASATT Educational Meeting. This will be the start of a new era without the Anesthesiologists or CRNA’s. It will be held in Pasadena, CA, August 24-27, 2017. The agenda is posted that there are additional CE opportunities on Sunday. More details to follow… Check the website.
Find a friend/peer to share a room with to cut your hotel room cost. ASATT will start researching things to do in Pasadena and the surrounding areas. More than probably be cheaper to fly into LAX. I hope to see many Region 7 members there.
“The unsuccessful person is burdened by learning, and prefers to walk down familiar paths.
Their distaste for learning stunts their growth and limits their influence.”
~ John C. Maxwell ~
Are you up for re-certification this year? Please do not mess around with your CE’s. Or if you just re-certified, start accumulating CE’s for your next cycle. In this day and age of internet information… the excuse “I did not know”, does not hold any water. Ignorance is not an excuse. Sorry!!! As I have said many times, poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on ASATT’s part. Take pride in our profession… It is our profession!!!