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Jonnalee Geddis, Cert.A.T.

CT-ME-MA-NH-NJ-NY-RI-VT

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Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T.

 

Hello Region 1,

Let’s start spreading the word that The ASATT BOD decided that Anesthesia Tech day will now be ANESTHESIA TECH WEEK!!! MARCH 29th- APRIL 4th, 2020 One HUGE step for us now we can CELEBRATE with our heads held high as we should for a full week of success and pride for helping all of our Doctor’s, CRNA’s, AA’s, RN’s and anyone else’s lives that we may touch in a days’ time, whether it is a patient or their loved ones. We help them all in some way. We do matter and we all know it, some days we do forget for a minute. However, this is going to be our week to shine and we will shine ever so BRIGHT, like the light in the fiberoptic handle of the blade that we passed them to help intubate the patient that was about to lose the airway. Please do not forget that we do matter to the patient’s families as well even if the patient does not make it through the surgery, they do know that we attempted to save with every ounce of our beings to run that cell saver all night long or tried 6 times to intubate them even though we knew that they would not make it through the next week. We still strive to do the best for the Patient’s and that is our main priority. So that Being Said, Let’s CELEBRATE ANESTHESIA TECH WEEK!!!!!!

At this point and time, we have NO Regional Meetings on the Calendar. This is not good for any of us. We need the CEU’s …. If you are thinking of having a meeting, please contact me now so we can put it on my calendar. I want you to have your choice of dates that works best for you. The only one I had on the agenda was the one in the Spring at NYU Langone, unfortunately at this point they cannot have the meeting since they are so short staffed and too busy. They are hoping maybe in the fall that they can put one together. If you would like more information on how to hold a Regional Meeting, please email me or Text me. It is not hard work at all. You will need to get a place to hold the meeting, get the speakers, help with getting some vendors lined up, get a meal or two lined up and pretty much the rest is on my plate. I would be happy to take the time to explain the specifics in detail how to hold one and exactly what you will need to do to host a Regional Meeting. Call or email me I would be more than happy to take the time to explain how easy it is to do a Regional Meeting.

We have decided to have a contest for this year’s  ASATT annual Poster for Anesthesia Tech Week. If you are artistically inclined and have an idea that can convey our profession in a visual format?  We are looking for ASATT members to create a poster representing Anesthesia Week. Every Entry from a participant will be posted on the website for members to vote on. Your entry could be the one that is seen in hospitals nationwide next March. To entice participation, the winner will receive a two (2) Year ASATT Membership.

Submit your poster to ASATT by February 21, 2020

Voting will begin the week of February 24th through the 28th, 2020 and the winner will be announced on March 2nd, 2020

The winning poster will posted on the ASATT Website and made available to download.

Contest Rules:

  • Submit your poster in a PDF Format
  • Poster size will be 11” x 17”
  • 2D Original Art, any Media or Photography
  • Make sure you have permission to use photos or artwork
  • The ASATT reserves the right to disqualify any submission
  • By submitting your poster it becomes property of the ASATT

ASATT has some new information as well. We have a new Logo coming out at the beginning of the year. We are also going to be redesigning our website so you will be seeing a lot of new changes as far as the website goes. Greg Farmer is our new President is planning our meeting for this year which is going to be in Fort Worth, Texas the information is below. Start planning now. You will not want to miss it. A lot of nice information when you type in “Fort Worth Visitors information” into the Search bar. You will not want to miss on Fort Worth and all the fun things that you can plan to do and don’t forget there are other towns close to that vicinity that have a lot of other activities as well.

September 10th, 11th& 12th, 2020 at the Hilton, Fort Worth, TX

This is going to be one of the most exciting, amazing and exhilarating meetings that you are not going to want to miss. When I tell you that, you had better believe me, this meeting is going to blow you away. You don’t have to be just a football fan, they have the Dallas Cowboys Stadium which is not too far away and if you are a NASCAR fan too, they have the Texas Speedway that is within driving distance from the hotel as well.  Start planning for this vacation of vacations now, there is so much to do in the area, and the list goes on and on.  As time gets closer, I will fill you in on some of the excitement that will happen. 

Well you all have been asking for it for quite some time now and we are bringing it back THE SENSOR is coming back by popular demand Really SOON!!!!  The Sensor will be going through some updates and rebranding, so it will look different, but it will be your premier resource for information on ASATT and the industry. The Science and Technology Article will also be coming back and yes, the quizzes will be attached to each article as well which can be taken to earn continuing education credits.  Keep an eye out for more updates on the Sensor, as well as how you can get involved and contribute.

With the many changes that will be happening, we will be changing which in turn means that our Logo will be changing which means that now our Logo wear items will be discounted. To see which items have been discounted, go the Storefront on the ASATT website  We will be taking inventory and reducing the costs on such items as the Conference t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, travel mugs and much more!! Great time to buy for Anesthesia Tech WEEK!!!! ASATT will continue to send out email on ASATT Updates and sales announcements.

The New Website will be revealed as well and that too will be coming to an electronic device near you SOON.  So exciting to have all this new stuff, I can hardly wait for all of you to see it as well.  It was supposed to be this month, however due to other important matters like recertification issues arising, it has been delayed, I can tell you right now, you will not be disappointed with the changes at all. It is such an amazing improvement. WOW is all I can say… you must see it to believe the difference, it is user friendly to navigate through, items pop out at you and it looks AMAZING!! We will keep you all updated as the new launch date gets closer.

 “The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams” by Eleanor Roosevelt

 

2/20


Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T.

Region 1 Director

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Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.

Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.

DE-IN-MD-MI-OH-PA-VA-WV

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Hello Region 2

I hope everyone had a great New Year!! With that being said I hope 2020 will be a great year for our region.

What’s been happening in Region 2:

I have been putting together a couple of meetings for our region. I’m still working on a date for one of our meetings to be held in Michigan at Wayne County Community College with Marc. The other one will occur at the ASA in Washington, DC on October 3rd and 4th, 2020 with Joshua’s help. This meeting will only be open to the first 125 members that sign up. So if you’re interested in attending this one please don’t wait till the last minute because registration will close when we have reached that number.  It looks like I may have another one that will be held in November with Randy’s help. Look for details and posting on the ASATT website. If you are still interested in holding a meeting please contact me so we can go over the details. Holding a Regional Meeting, is a lot of work but not hard at all!! Remember we all need CE’s so let’s work together as a team with promoting our profession!

We have some fantastic news that the BOD decided that Anesthesia Tech day will now be ANESTHESIA TECH WEEK!!! The week will be from 3/29 - 4/4 in 2020 then the last week of March in the coming years.  We all agreed that 

a day wasn’t enough to be recognized for all that we do!!

Also Greg has already got our next National Educational Conference lined up. So start making plans to attend our 2020 Annual Conference that will be held in Fort Worth Texas at the Hilton on September 10-12, 2020. Before you know it September will be here. I hear there are a lot of fun activities and sites to go do and see. Hope to see you there.

More exciting news that will be happening for our members within the ASATT.....

The Sensor will be going through a rebranding and update and coming back shortly. We also will have the Science and Technology Article, with each article, will be a corresponding quiz which you can take to earn continuing education credits.

The New Website will be revealed shortly. I can only say what a difference and what a great job our committee did! It will be much easier to navigate, which is a plus from our old website.

We will also have a new Logo that will be coming out. So if there is anything our members want from our old inventory or for Anesthesia week it will be discounted.

I’m very excited about all these changes being made to our website. I know you as members wanted changes also, so I can’t wait to hear the feedback from our members.

 

2/20

Happy holidays! 

Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T

Region 2 Director

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Sue Christian Cer.A.T.T.

AL-FL-GA-KY-NC-SC-TN

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Sue Christian, Cer.A.T.T.

Greetings Region 3!!

I have been appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as your Interim Region 3 Director. I would like to start off by thanking Trevon Logan for her service to Region 3 these past two years. Trevon held several meetings this past year providing not only an educational opportunity but also valuable CE’s for the certified anesthesia technicians and technologists. Speaking of CE’s, the recertification period will soon be open for those individuals who passed their exams in the odd numbered years. Please take the time now to verify that your contact information is correct and for members, please be sure that your ASATT database accurately reflects the ASATT sponsored meetings that you have attended. Non-members, please verify that you have the correct certificates to upload with your application packet so that your recertification renewal is not delayed. Remember also that it is not the Recertification Committees responsibility to track down the proper paperwork on your behalf.

For those individuals that did not make the deadline to renew their membership, beginning this year there is blackout period for renewals during the months of November and December.

In order to provide quality education and valuable CE opportunities at an affordable price, I would like to see several meetings held throughout region 3 this year. If you are interested in hosting a meeting, please contact me asap so that we can begin coordinating dates, location and topics. The national meeting will be held in Fort Worth, Texas (refer to website for further details). If you will be unable to attend that meeting in September, the regional meetings consider hosting or attending a regional meeting.  

I look forward to working with you this next year!

11/19

Sue Christian, B.S., Cer.A.T.T.

Region 3 Director

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Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.

IL-IA-MN-MO-ND-SD-WI

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Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.

Greetings Region 4!!

Happy New Year Region 4!!

I hope everyone has recovered from the holidays and your New Year’s resolutions are still going strong!

So I have a few things cooking in regards to meetings this year…It looks like our Region 4 meeting will be late April/early May in either Milwaukee or Chicago(more info to come soon).  Also, I was wondering how everyone would feel about a couple half-day meetings through the year to include both lecture and Sim-lab time?

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September 10th, 11th& 12th, 2020 at the Hilton, Fort Worth, Texas

Don’t forget to start making plans for this years meeting in Fort Worth

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Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.

Region 4 Director

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Jason Menchey, Cer.A.T.

AR-CO-KS-LA-MS-NE-OK-TX

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Hello from region 5,

Welcome region 5. Hope everyone is enjoying the lull after the end of year rush! Things are starting off good so far for Region 5 we have setup a meeting in Dallas, Texas on February 29, 2020. There is a meeting in Arlington, Texas tentative for the end of July. I have been talking to some people in New Orleans. Louisiana and setting a meeting for October 24, 2020. I waiting to hear from Oklahoma City to see if we can get that one rolling. 

Start making plans to come visit The Great State of Texas!!!! We have a lot of fun stuff in the planning for the conference. Here are some great ideas to start looking into!!  THINGS TO DO IN FORT WORTH!!!!!

September 10-12, 2020 at the Hilton, Fort Worth, TX

 

 

 

More exciting news that will be happening for our members within the ASATT

The Sensor, the new website as well as our logo will be going through a rebranding and update and coming out shortly.

We have also changed Anesthesia Tech Day to Anesthesia Tech Week, with that in mind we are having and amazing contest right now for the poster. Here are the details:

Are you artistically inclined? Have an idea that can convey our profession in a visual format? We are looking for ASATT members to create a poster representing Anesthesia Tech Week! Every entry from a participant will be posted on the website for members to vote on. Your entry could be the one that is seen in hospitals nationwide next March. To entice participation, the winner will receive a two (2) Year ASATT membership!

Submit your poster to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 21, 2020

Voting will begin the week of February 24-28, 2020 and the winner will be announced on March 2, 2020

The winning poster will be posted on the ASATT website and made available to download.

Contest Rules:

  • Submit your poster in a PDF format
  • Poster size 11”x17”
  • 2D Original Art, any Media or photography
  • Make sure you have permission to use photos or artwork
  • The ASATT reserves the right to disqualify any submission
  • By submitting your poster it becomes property of the ASATT

Anesthesia Tech Week March 29-April 4, 2020

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Jason Menchey Cer.A.T.

Region 5 Director

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Allison Kohn, Cer.A.T.T.

AZ-CA-NM-NV-UT

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Hello Region 6

Are you artistically inclined? Have an idea that can convey our profession in a visual format? We are looking for ASATT members to create a poster representing Anesthesia Tech Week! Every entry from a participant will be posted on the website for members to vote on. Your entry could be the one that is seen in hospitals nationwide next March! Submit your poster to ASATT by February 21, 2020. Voting will begin the week of February 24th through the 28th, 2020 and the winner will be announced on March 2nd, 2020. The winning poster will be posted on the ASATT Website and made available to download.

Contest Rules:

  • Submit your poster in a PDF Format
  • Poster size will be 11” x 17”
  • 2D Original Art, any Media or Photography
  • Make sure you have permission to use photos or artwork
  • The ASATT reserves the right to disqualify any submission

By submitting your poster, it becomes property of the ASATT

Anesthesia Tech Week March 29-April 4, 2020

I am in the works of setting up our next regional meeting in Torrance, CA right now. I will let you know when plans are made so you can save the date! We are also working on getting up to Northern California. If you would like to host a regional meeting closer to you, wherever that may be, let me know. I would love to help you get CEs and education to techs near you.

Don’t forget to save the date for the 2020 annual ASATT meeting in Texas.

 

 

2/20

Respectfully submitted, 
Allison Kohn
ASATT Region 6 Director
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Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T.

AK-HI-ID-MT-OR-WA-WY

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Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T.

Howzit Region 7!!!

Wow!!!  It’s already February… The weather has really cooled off here in Hawaii.  It finally feels like we’re getting our winter temperatures.  This morning was the coldest so far this year, when I got into my car it was 56 degrees.  That’s freezing cold in Hawaii.  Many of you across the country are still really experiencing terrible weather.  Stay warm, stay safe, and drive with caution.

Hopefully for a majority of you the crunch to get recertified is over and I hope you did not experience too many difficulties.  I hope many of you earned most of your CE’s through an ASATT “sponsored” meeting, it should have made it a lot easier since these CE’s go straight to the ASATT database.  (ASATT member benefit)  Versus the ASATT “approved” meeting, those CE’s do not get downloaded onto the database and you MUST get your get you certificate of attendance from the sponsor of the meeting.  ASATT is not responsible to issue the attendees the certificate as proof.

There are many of you who are only members during the year you need to re-certify, those CE’s don’t get recorded onto the database.  This option doesn’t make sense to me because if you attend an ASATT “sponsored” meeting during this off year, you’re generally paying double what a member pays for registration.  The double registration fee will pay for your annual membership.  Further, if you use the two year membership registration it will save you additional cost. 

“If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way.

If it’s not. You’ll find an excuse.”

Region 7 is moving forward to work on accomplishing the goals that was set to have productive year in 2020.  As in years past, we were the regional leader in providing educational opportunities for our members.  I’m excited to find new people who are willing to coordinate the educational meetings.  Along with new coordinators come new speakers or presenter.  The new people promotes more networking.  I love networking with others for one BIG reason, if there’s something I need to find out if our peers are trialing or using a “new” product, I can email them to get their opinion on the product.  Or if there is a “service” we’re doing and I need to find out if other facilities are doing “it” email our peers.

“Learning networking basics is only a gateway to career growth and exploration.”

~ Tae Yoo ~

The first Regional Education Meeting is right around the corner on Saturday, February 29th at Chemekata Community College.  This meeting is being coordinated by Gary Webb who is the Anesthesia Technology Program director.  I look forward to seeing him and many of his students at the meeting.  Gary has also secured our old friend John Rivera to spend some time with his students and deliver a lecture at the meeting.  Please come and attend the meeting.

The next meeting will be held on Sunday, March 29th at Overlake Medical Center & Clinics in Bellevue, WA.  This is the first meeting in the Pacific Northwest to be held on a Sunday.  I like the Sunday meetings because on Saturday, virtually all of the facilities have elective cases scheduled, therefore Anesthesia crews on duty.  While most facilities only have emergency cases on Sunday.  So, the people who work on Saturday are denied a learning opportunity and a chance to earn CE.  John Gonzalez and his team are coordinating this meeting and I believe this will be the fifth consecutive year they will have the meeting.  Thank you to the Overlake support.

Meetings in the planning stages…

Saint Charles Hospital System in Bend, OR

Kaiser Sunnyside in Clackamas, OR

Honolulu, Hawaii – August 2nd

Providence Saint Vincent in Seattle, WA

Oregon Health Sciences University Medical Center in Portland, OR

As you can see, we have a very ambitious agenda for Region 7.  I hope that we can fulfil the plan.

But, please also support Northwest Society of Anesthesia Technologists & Technicians; they have meetings in the Pacific Northwest with continuing education opportunities.  But, you must also remember, if you attend one of these meetings, ASATT is NOT responsible for your certificate of attendance and the CE’s that MAY come with the meeting. 

ASATT is the society that will help our profession move forward into the future.  As I mentioned before, there are a number of projects ongoing to help our profession.  Please support and help our efforts.  If you want to earn free CE’s and coordinate a meeting, please contact me at your earliest convenience.  Remember… It’s not easy, but it’s not hard. 

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”
Booker T. Washington ~

Start planning to attend our Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, TX.  It will be held at the Hilton Fort Worth, September 10-12, 2020.  We’re also exploring extra CE opportunism on Thursday & Sunday, September 13th.  There’s further discussions about “thinking outside the box” to expand the CE chances to maximize your attendance to the Annual Meeting.  We have some “pilot” ideas being discussed and are in the planning stages.  If you start planning now you may be able to save additional cost to attend the meeting.  Find a partner to share a room that will cut your hotel room cost in half.  This Annual meeting is unique to our profession… Networking with your peers is priceless. 

Let’s continue to keep Region 7 the leader in ASATT and help us move our profession forward.  As I have said before… We are laying the foundation for future generations of Anesthesia Technicians & Technologist and we MUST build this together

“Leaders don’t look backwards to condemn what has already been done:

they look forward to create a better future.”

~ Mark Cuban ~

 

Aloha, Delbert

2/20

Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T.
Region 7 Director
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