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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,

 

First, I think this picture says it all. We can NEVER forget this day of infamy. It will be forever imbedded in our hearts. Because it happened in Region 1. I know in my heart that it affected so many people who cared for and lost loved ones on this day horrific day. I want those of you whom it personally affected to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers on this day and so many other countless days.

Congratulations to Dodie Krambeck who is the winner of our Regional Educational Award this year. Dodie hosted one of the Region 1 meetings this year. I believe this is her third meeting that she has hosted at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. I am quite sure that she will be present in Orlando to accept her award. So happy to be able to present this award to such a deserving recipient of this. She is always going above and beyond to make sure that she goes above the bar to make sure that her meetings are top notch and settles for nothing less. Thank you Dodie. Well Deserved.

Good news is that I am going to be your Region 1 Director for another two years. I am here to hear your concerns and help you however I can. My goal for my next term is to increase membership and activity within Region 1. I want to see more meetings, size of the meetings is great, however more small meetings are even better. We need to help the membership get their CEU’s. That is the one question I hear most is “How do I get the CEU’s that I need for my recertification?” My answer is…..Host a meeting or you can offer to do a lecture at a meeting for a coworker that wants to do a meeting and let us help them get the credits that we all need. It can be a half day, a full day or two days of lectures.

 If you want more information on what you need to do to host a Region 1 Meeting, send me an email and we can start planning your meeting. Fall Meetings are always successful as people are realizing that recertification time is getting closer. I would love to get at least one more if not two or three meetings in before the end of the year. The only week that I cannot do a meeting is in October, as I will be at ASATT’s Annual Educational Conference in Orlando. It is just that one week, so I will have the rest of the month open. Send me an email or call me and we can start the process now to get the meeting’s set up. I do a good share of the work, don’t get me wrong. You will have to do some of the work, like pick a date, get a place to have the meeting, get speakers to volunteer their time and speak to your vendors. Set up what you think what people will want for snacks or for breakfast or for lunch. ASATT will pay for everything, you will pay for NOTHING.  

The meeting that I was hoping for in December is not going to happen, however if you would like to fill that spot on the calendar that would be a great time to have a meeting. The members would put you up on a pedestal, It would definitely be a great hit. Great chance for Technicians and Technologists to get a last chance to get the CEU’s that they need for recertification.

2019 ASATT Annual Conference

October 22-24, 2019

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

Orlando, FL

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Don’t miss out on a lot of fun at the parks and the meetings. We will keep your day full of fun facts and information that you can take back to your places of employment. You will also get to meet a lot of new friends. The networking that is done at the National Meetings is beyond what you would expect. I have received some great ideas, opened doors and met some very dear friends just by introducing your self to some Anesthesia Techs from around the world and from other areas of the United States. There is no limit to what we can do with our education whether it be at our current job or even open doors of opportunity for you. I read a quote once and the author is unknown but just think about this for a minute….  “If a door shuts in front of you stop banging on it. Whatever was behind it was not meant for you. Consider the fact that maybe that door closed because you were worth so much more.”

It is never too early to start earning CE’s for recertification and by hosting a meeting or volunteering to lecture at a meeting can earn you CE’s your options are unlimited. There are numerous websites that offer CE’s you just have to be VERY cautious as to whether they will be accepted by ASATT for recertification. If it says “ASATT Approved” and you are a member then you do not need to worry. ASATT will keep track of your CE’s for you. Just go onto the website and check your profile and you will see how many CE’s you need.

When you are ready to recertify

There are 3 possible ways to recertify.

  1. You have all your credits on file in the database and want to pay online.
  2. You need to submit CE’s and want to Upload and pay online.
  3. You want to submit manually with a check or credit card payment by either email or mail. Recertification cannot be submitted via fax.

1. ASATT Members who have all their CE’s on file in the database and would like to pay with a credit card.

  • Login and go to the Membership tab and click on Profile.
  • Once in your profile, scroll down to your certification information, if you have all your CE’s on file and are due to recertify, you’ll see a button You can recertify today and a button with the recertification fee. Click on that
  • Enter your credit card information and hit submit. You’ll get a thank you for recertifying screen, and the payment receipt will be emailed along with a recertification letter.

*Even if you have all your CE’s on file you still need to go through the recertification process.

2. Recertify online. Need to submit CE’s (upload). *Do Not do part of the process. If you will not be uploading documents, do not pay online. Submit payment and documentation together by mail, or email. *Recertification cannot be submitted via fax.

If you want to see how to proceed go to the home page and you will see where it says, click here for screen shots of the process.

For members to get the member rate please make sure your membership is current.  Paying for membership should have been done ahead of time and cannot be done at the time you are recertifying.  For non-members recertifying online, during the recertification period you have been granted access to log into the ASATT website to submit.  When logging in use your email address for the user ID and then click I forgot my password and a temporary password will be emailed to you. 

  • Login in to the Recertification page
  • Once logged in your contact information will populate the form. Make sure all required cells are filled.
  • Scroll down to the program details section and enter CE’s. Make sure to list the date the CE’s were earned, the name of the CE or Program, Click if a certificate was issued or other documentation, list the number of CE’s earned and upload supporting certificates or documents. Click “Add Another” for each entry.
  • Once you are done entering CE’s click “Submit Request”
  • That will take you to the credit card payment form. After entering the credit card information click “Continue to Pay Online”.
  • If payment was successful you’ll receive a confirmation screen that payment was received and your submission has been sent to the Recertification Committee for review. (This does not mean you have been approved only that its under review)
  • Once approved by the Recertification Committee the database will be updated and a recertification letter will be sent.

*Once you start the online submission please complete, you will not be able to go back in. Also only use online submission if paying with a credit card.

3. If submitting recertification manually with a check, mailing, or emailing. Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . *Recertification cannot be submitted via fax.

  • Print the recertification application form and proceed to completely fill out the application. Credit Card form if you would like to pay with a credit card
  • Members Login  and print off your recertification information. Go to the Membership tab and click on Profile, print ASATT profile. You must submit a copy of your information regardless of whether or not you have earned CE’s through ASATT sponsored events. Non-Members Submit form with proof of CE's
  • Enclose the recertification application form, a copy of your recertification information from the database, proof of the remaining CE’s (if you don’t have the required 20 or 30 CE’s on the database), and correct payment for recertification. If you are mailing your packet after December 31st, be sure to include the late payment fee.

RECERTIFICATION

For those who are due to recertify this year, the recertification period will begin November 1st, and we will be sending out an email reminder with instructions on recertifying. As in the past, if you have all your CE’s on file in the database you will be able to recertify online by logging into the website and going to your member profile. You will only be able to log into the site if your membership is active. So if your membership has expired and you want to recertify at the member rate make sure to renew your membership by the end of October. For those who have to submit CE’s with your recertification the preferred method will be to upload your documents online. By choosing this method you will also be able to pay online as well. Also note starting this year we will not be accepting recertification applications via fax.

Once again, we’ll be sending out the recertification reminder the beginning of November. It will have the detailed instructions for submitting your recertification information.  This information will also be listed on the ASATT website. There will be no membership renewals or joins during the months of November or December, so make sure if your membership has expired to renew by the end of October.  

 

MEMBERSHIP

As a reminder, beginning this year we will not accept renewals or joins during the months of November and December, so make sure you renew your membership by the end of October. We have also added the option for a 2-year membership at the cost of $150.00 saving you $20 over the two-year period. You will still have the option for the 1-year membership at $85 if you choose.  If you have any questions, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can always email or call me.

 

9/19


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

With summer ending and the children settling back into school I hope you had a chance to make some time for a well deserved vacation with your family and friends making wonderful memories!!

Remember to sign up for you to attend our 30th Anniversary Educational Conference in October. There’s still time to plan to join us in Orlando Florida. We are still offering the early bird special to make it affordable to attend!! So make sure you go to the ASATT website for more details. 

2019 ASATT Annual Conference

October 22-24, 2019

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

Orlando, FL

Check the agenda out!!  

There is so many amazing things to see and do in Florida that you can turn this into a family vacation at the same time. I Hope you have a chance to come have fun and at the same time earn you some CE’s. These conferences are always fun to attend!

I am pleased to announce the Region 2 Educational Award for 2019. I am very excited that I got to pick 2 members this year. Both of these individuals deserve this award! That being said please put your hands together and congratulate Jessica and Lauren from UPMC Hospital!! They have worked very hard through the years to make sure we hold a conference to earn our CE’s!! Thank you both for all your hard work!! 

Remember if anyone would like to hold a region 2 meeting please contact me so we can discuss the details. It has great perks and you can earn free CE’s. We are making the push for us to be recognized as an Advanced Practice Allied Health Profession.  We really need that professional attitude, it starts with US.  Last… What we’re doing for our profession, “It’s not easy, but it’s not hard.”Remember we all need CE’s so let’s work together as a team with promoting our profession!

We are still working out details on the logo committee but I am very excited to see what the members think of our new products!

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.

Recertification: For those who are due to recertify this year, the recertification period will begin November 1st, and we will be sending out an email reminder with instructions on recertifying. As in the past, if you have all your CE’s on file in the database you will be able to recertify online by logging into the website and going to your member profile. You will only be able to log into the site if your membership is active. So if your membership has expired and you want to recertify at the member rate make sure to renew your membership by the end of October. For those who have to submit CE’s with your recertification the preferred method will be to upload your documents online. By choosing this method you will also be able to pay online as well. Also note starting this year we will not be accepting recertification applications via fax.

I hope to see you in Florida !!

9/19

 

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 attended the Region 3 meeting in Gainesville, GA at North East Georgia Medical Center. We had a good turnout.

I would like to remind everyone to register for the National Conference in Orlando Florida Oct.22-24 2019 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive Orlando, FL. Early bird registration is $350 until August 31, 2019. After that price goes up so hurry and register.

Durham Technical Community College in Durham NC has a new program for Anesthesia technologist. Please look on line @ durhamtech.edu for more information.

Please remember to check out the on-line storefront and see what we have available to purchase. Some neat items are still available for purchase from last year’s conference in Vegas.

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.

7/19

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.

Greetings Region 4!!

Don’t forget to register for this year’s National Conference, being held in Orlando Florida Oct.22-24 2019 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive Orlando, FL.  Early bird registration has been extended until end of September  so make sure you take advantage if you haven’t already!!

For those attending the meeting, I ask that you try and think of some ideas and topics for next year’s regional conference…remember, this is all for you so let’s make it what we want!!  If you aren’t able to attend the national meeting, please email me with any ideas or topics that you’d like to see!

For those who are due to recertify this year, the recertification period will begin November 1st; ASATT will be sending out email reminders with instructions on recertifying. If all your CE’s are on file in the database, you will be able to recertify online by logging into the website and going to your member profile. You will only be able to log into the site if your membership is active. So if your membership has expired and you want to recertify at the member rate make sure to renew your membership by the end of October. For those who have to submit CE’s with your recertification the preferred method will be to upload your documents online. Selecting this method will allow you to be able to pay online as well. Also, starting this year we will not be accepting recertification applications via fax.

Hope to see you all in Orlando!

 

9/19

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,

As everyone has seen and heard, the National Conference is coming up quickly! October 22-24, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The EARLY BIRD special has been extended to September 27, 2019, so go get your tickets now before they go up. 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.

IT IS TIME TO RECERTIFY AGAIN!!!!

When you are ready to recertify

 

ASATT Members who have all their CE’s on file in the database, and would like to pay with a credit card can do so online starting November 1st.

  • Login and go to the Membership tab and click on Profile.
  • Once in your profile, scroll down to your certification information, if you have all your CE’s on file and are due to recertify, you will see a button You can recertify today and a button with the recertification fee. Click on that
  • Enter your credit card information, and hit submit. You will get a thank you for recertifying screen, and the payment receipt will be emailed along with a recertification letter.

*Even if you have all your CE’s on file. you still need to go through the recertification process.

Recertification online. Need to submit CE’s (upload).   *Do Not do part of the process. If you will not be uploading documents, Do Not pay online. Submit payment and documentation together by mail, or email. Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. * No Faxes for recertification will be accepted.

For members to get the member rate please make sure your membership is current.  Paying for membership should have been done ahead of time and cannot be done at the time you are recertifying.  For non-members recertifying online, during the recertification period you have been granted access to log into the ASATT website to submit.  When logging in use your email address for the user ID and then click I forgot my password and a temporary password will be emailed to you.  

  • Login in to the Recertification page.
  • Once logged in your contact information will populate the form. Make sure all required cells are filled.
  • Scroll down to the program details section and enter CE’s. Make sure to list the date the CE’s were earned , the name of the CE or Program, Click if a certificate was issued or other documentation, list the number of CE’s earned and  upload supporting certificates or documents. Click “Add Another” for each entry.
  • Once you are done entering CE’s click “Submit Request”
  • That will take you to the credit card payment form. After entering the credit card information, click “Continue to Pay Online”.
  • If payment was successful, you will receive a confirmation screen that payment was received and your submission has been sent to the Recertification Committee for review. (This does not mean you have been approved only that its under review)
  • Once approved by the Recertification Committee the database will be updated and a recertification letter will be sent.

*Once you start the online submission please complete, you will not be able to go back in. Also only use online submission if paying with a credit card.

If submitting recertification with a check or by mail. No Faxes for recertification will be accepted.

  • Print the recertification application form and proceed to completely fill out the application. Credit Card form if you would like to pay with a credit card
  • Members Login  and print off your recertification information. Go to the Membership tab and click on Profile, print ASATT profile. You must submit a copy of your information regardless of whether or not you have earned CE’s through ASATT sponsored events. Non-Members Submit form with proof of CE's
  • Enclose the recertification application form, a copy of your recertification information from the database, proof of the remaining CE’s (if you do not have the required 20 or 30 CE’s on the database), and correct payment for recertification. If you are mailing your packet after December 31st, be sure to include the late payment fee.

MEMBERSHIP

As a reminder, beginning this year we will not accept renewals or joins during the months of November and December, so make sure you renew your membership by the end of October. We have also added the option for a 2-year membership at the cost of $150.00 saving you $20 over the two-year period. You will still have the option for the 1-year membership at $85 if you choose.  If you have any questions, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can always email or call me.

Just in time for recertification, we will have a Region 5 Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on December 7th.  Finalizing the last of the details and getting enough speakers to make this last pull for your CE’s worth it. Looking to get at least 8 CE’s, and great mixture of speakers and information. Information will be up on the website soon.

Lastly, I am going to be your Region 5 Director for two more years. I will help anyway possible to make getting CE’s easier for you! If anyone is interested in earning FREE CE’s, contact me and I will help you setup a regional meeting and if you would like to present a topic you will get and extra CE. I am hoping to have at least four meetings this next year! It will be a little bit of work for you, like pick a date, get a place to have the meeting, get speakers to volunteer their time and speak to your vendors. Set up what you think what people will want for snacks, breakfast, or lunch. ASATT will pay for everything, you will pay for NOTHING.  

9/19

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.

Aloha ka kou

Hawaii meeting was a success. I’d like to thank all the vendors and Delbert for putting on another amazing meeting. If you haven’t experienced a Hawaii meeting I’d highly suggest that you do. Delbert has been doing this for 20 plus years and it’s by far one of the best every year.  We had a hands on lecture about trouble shooting and checking anesthesia machines.

Want more meetings? Meetings in your area? Meetings that fit your schedule? Help me and your fellow anesthesia techs by hosting one. Just a few things that we need to get started.

  1. We need a date.
  2. We need a location
  3. We need some speakers. You’ll find out that some of your providers are more than willing to lend their time for the sake of education.
  4. We need vendors. Vendors help sponsor the cost of the meetings.
  5. The rest is details and we can talk about them as they come up.

Sounds difficult? Let’s start with the first step and go from there.

Benefits to hosting a meeting in your area. Free admission to

How can I get free CEU’s?

 

-**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.


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 rates.

When you see me there make sure you throw out one Shaka and say hi. Looking forward to meeting all of you there.

Gig Harbor,

We coming for you next August 10th 2019.

My question to region 7

What’s your process for hand off in your area/hospital? Is the hand off sufficient, information wise? Time wise? Safety?


 

 

 

 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.

 

8/19

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