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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,

We had our first meeting of the year on May 18th at NYU Langone, thank you Alvin Mangubat and Angel Martinez for hosting another meeting for Region 1.  We had 53 attendees and 12 Vendors, food and CEU’s.

Then we had the next meeting on June 1st at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. Thank you Dodie Krambeck and Shelly Lancia for hosting the meeting in Pittsfield, Mass.  We had 21 attendees and 4 vendors. One of the Doctors even made us some homemade cookies, which were beyond amazing.

Both meetings had outstanding lectures given and lots of fun. Out of both meetings I have had the interest of attendees hosting Regional Meetings, however they are all tentatively for next year.  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 if that is something that strikes an interest with you. We do not need a permanent date, just an estimate would be 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.

It is important for ASATT to know what you would like to hear for lectures. If you recommend a certain lecture, we will try with all of our might to make it happen.  Please email me the topics that you would like to have presented at both the Regional and Annual meetings Our goal is to make everyone happy with the lectures at the meetings. Even if you had a meeting last year, you are more than welcome to host one again this year. We can always change it around a little bit to fit your schedule or even the hospital’s needs. For more details, send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.  

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 roles, then if you want to become part of the Board of Directors, you can do just that. ASATT 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, however we always welcome New faces to the BOD.

 

Call for ASATT Board of Directors

Due June 15th

Please accept this notice as our official call for the nominations of the Board and Executive Directors 2019-2020 terms.  Every year we ask our members to nominate someone they believe can help ASATT further grow as an organization. Please take a minute to think about those around you. Are they motivated? Have they been active in ASATT? Have they wanted to be? Does this person want to see the profession grow and mature? Do they participate in furthering education for anesthesia technicians and technologists?  Are they sincere in advancing the society for the benefit of the entire profession?

The Regional Directors hold office for a period of two years. Up for election this cycle are the positions of Regional Director in Regions 1, 3, 5, and 7. Those nominated must reside in the Region for which they are nominated. The Executive Board position available this election cycle is President-Elect. The position of President-Elect is a three-year term. Those nominated for President-Elect must have served on the Board of Directors prior to the nomination. In order for the nomination to be accepted, you must have prior approval from those you nominate.

The ASATT Board of Director positions require and individual to dedicate the necessary time to fulfill obligations needed for the success of the organization. Please read the Position Descriptions for each position, and then if you have someone in mind complete the Nomination Form.

Regional Education Awards

Regional Directors are soliciting their members to nominate someone in their region that has genuinely contributed to promoting and furthering the profession of anesthesia technology, has this person:

  • Helped you or a group of technicians and technologist gain valuable knowledge in the field of anesthesia technology?
  • Volunteered their time to provide quality lectures for continuing education credits?
  • Worked to improve the anesthesia technology profession?

ASATT would like to pay tribute to those individuals who are not required or paid to advance the education of technicians and technologists, but whose sincere interest promotes education in our specialty.  If you were able to associate a name to any of those questions, show your appreciation by taking a few minutes of your time to complete and submit the

Regional Education Awards Form.

I encourage every member to consider who in your region has exemplified this award. All nominations will go directly to the Regional Directors for review. If more than one person, facility, or company is nominated in a region, the Regional Director will ultimately choose the recipient.

Completed forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to Alex LLanas. Nominations for Regional Education Awards must be received no later than July 1, 2019.

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s out there, enjoy your special day as I am sure hoping that the weather will cooperate. 

 

6/19


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

Hope everyone is doing well. With summer on its way, I can’t wait to get in some beach time with lots of fun and sunshine with my family.

What’s been happening in our Region:

With 2 meetings down I was very pleased how they both went. First conference was in Harrisburg Pa. and I would like to say THANK YOU to Joe, Jessica and Lauren for making this happen. We earned 11CE’s and the speakers were fantastic!! Our second meeting was at University of Michigan and worth 10 CE’s and I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Michelle, Breanne, Alan and Ellie for making this happen. The speakers at this conference were fantastic also!! Both conferences the speakers picked great topics for their lectures. I would also like to give a big THANK YOU to the vendors that also took time out of there busy schedule to join us.

I was so excited about having our first Region 2 Meeting held in Michigan and in my travels there got to make a pit stop to visit the Wayne County Community College, North West Campus in Detroit MI. I got a tour of their school and the simulation rooms. Let me tell you there facility is amazing!!! The scenarios that they teach the students are absolutely wonderful. The tour was giving by Dr. Abby Freeman Phd provost of health science and Marc McGaffic MS, BS, Cert.A.T.T Campus Dean of Anesthesia and Marc Phillips Cert A.T Associate Dean of Anesthesia Technology. I would like to thank you all for the wonderful tour!!  We have been talking about holding a conference there in 2020 which I’m excited about because it will be in the simulation room.

Wayne County Community College

 

I am still looking for more members to get with me to hold at least 1 more conference for our region or 2019. 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!!

Let’s not 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. There are tons of family activities to do in Florida. 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.

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. 

It will soon be time for 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.

 Region 2 Meeting UPMC Pinnacle Health, May 18, 2019

Region 2 Meeting University of Michigan, June 1, 2019

6/19

 

Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T

Region 2 Director

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Trevon Logan, Cer.A.T.

Trevon Logan Cer.A.T.

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

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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.

5/19

Trevon Logan, Cer.A.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.

Welcome to summer Region 4!

Our region 4 conference is fast approaching! It will be Saturday June 22nd at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee from 7am until 4:45pm. 

Early bird registration for the national meeting in Orlando closes June 30th so make sure you get your registration in before the rates increase!

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.

Enjoy your summer and hope to see y’all June 22nd in Milwaukee!

 

6/19

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,

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.

5/19

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

WOW! It was so great to see how many of you came out to my first Region 6 meeting as your director! I am working on getting two other meetings set up right now. One being a master class for the anesthesia machine like many of you were asking for and also a difficult airway based meeting. Let me know if you have any suggestions or recommendations. I would love to hear them.


Register now!  The 2019 ASATT Annual Conference will be one October 22-24, 2019 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, Orlando, FL 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for region 6. We are in this together!

 

6/19

Respectfully submitted, 
Allison Kohn
ASATT Region 6 Director
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Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.

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

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Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.

Howzit going gang,

Summer is officially here. The sun is out and I’m happy to say that region 7 is building momentum with regional meetings.  Our first half day meeting was a success.  Big thank you to Neil Allen and Shaun Christian for hosting on June 1st.  If you missed this one please check the website for updates on the next meetings. 

Hawaii meeting is scheduled for Sunday August 4th 2019 at Waikiki Hilton hotel in Honolulu.

Washington meeting is scheduled for Saturday August 10th 2019 at St. Anthony’s hospital in Gig harbor.

Washington meeting TBA at Overlake hospital in Bellevue.

Oregon meeting TBA at OHSU hospital in Portland.

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


The more help we can get from tech like you the more opportunities we can offer for continued education hours. I need your help!  We need more regional meetings here in region 7. We all need to re certify and the best way to earn CE’s is by attending ASATT regional meetings or the Annual ASATT meeting in October this year. Here’s where you come in…

-**Host a meeting free CEU’s and 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.

 

Regional Education Awards

Regional Directors are soliciting their members to nominate someone in their region that has genuinely contributed to promoting and furthering the profession of anesthesia technology, has this person:

Helped you or a group of technicians and technologist gain valuable knowledge in the field of anesthesia technology?

Volunteered their time to provide quality lectures for continuing education credits?

Worked to improve the anesthesia technology profession?

ASATT would like to pay tribute to those individuals who are not required or paid to advance the education of technicians and technologists, but whose sincere interest promotes education in our specialty.  If you were able to associate a name to any of those questions, show your appreciation by taking a few minutes of your time to complete and submit.

I encourage every member to consider who in your region has exemplified this award. All nominations will go directly to the Regional Directors for review. If more than one person, facility, or company is nominated in a region, the Regional Director will ultimately choose the recipient.

Completed forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to Alex LLanas. Nominations for Regional Education Awards must be received no later than July 1, 2019.

Please accept this notice as our official call for the nominations of the Board and Executive Directors 2019-2020 terms.  Every year we ask our members to nominate someone they believe can help ASATT further grow as an organization. Please take a minute to think about those around you. Are they motivated? Have they been active in ASATT? Have they wanted to be? Does this person want to see the profession grow and mature? Do they participate in furthering education for anesthesia technicians and technologists?  Are they sincere in advancing the society for the benefit of the entire profession?

Nominations for Board Of Directors

The Regional Directors hold office for a period of two years. Up for election this cycle are the positions of Regional Director in Regions 1, 3, 5, and 7. Those nominated must reside in the Region for which they are nominated. The Executive Board position available this election cycle is President-Elect. The position of President-Elect is a three-year term. Those nominated for President-Elect must have served on the Board of Directors prior to the nomination. In order for the nomination to be accepted, you must have prior approval from those you nominate.

The ASATT Board of Director positions require and individual to dedicate the necessary time to fulfill obligations needed for the success of the organization. Please read the Position Descriptions for each position, and then if you have someone in mind complete the Nomination Form.

Only ASATT Members in good standing can nominate and run for office.

Completed forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to Alex LLanas.

 

What is your role when assisting with regional blocks?

-most responses: set up ultrasound machine, prepare procedure site, help with sterile procedure, and position patients for block. Techs pushing meds under direct supervision varies per location.

Are you part of patient positioning?

-mostly yes, when available. Usually during Thoracotomy cases.

New questions:

What is your biggest role as an anesthesia Tech?

Who do you report to? Anesthesia? Nursing? Environmental services?

 

 

 

 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.

Thank you,

James Sivigny

St. Vincent Hospital

Billings Montana.

 

6/19

Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Region 7 Director
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