Jonnalee Geddis, Cert.A.T.
Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
Welcome to Fall and Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all enjoy the time with your families and give Thanks for all that matters to you. Speaking of thanks, for those of you who attended the National Meeting it was so great to see some of the familiar faces that I have seen the past years, and some that I have not seen in many years. Some that I knew your faces but could not put names to your faces. Yes, you know who you are… LOL…I Still I had so much fun reconnecting and learning new information. We had a great meeting and wonderful weather if you call 90 degrees and muggy nice, but it sure beats 30 degrees and snow, Lol. Support from our Vendors and wonderful speakers, and we had our share of fun and laughter.
After doing this after close to 30 years you would not think that you could learn anything new, well guess what I did learn a few new things. 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 next 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 You Tube Videos you will not want to miss on Fort Worth and all of 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, Texas
This is going to be one exciting, amazing and exhilarating meeting 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. I am very excited for this meeting already. Of course, being a Dallas Cowboys fan is twice as nice for me. I know for you Patriots’ fan, don’t be a hater, it is, what it is. GO COWBOYS!!!! Start planning for this one now, there is so much to do in the area. As time gets closer, I will fill you in on some of the excitement that will happen.
Of course, some of the excitement in our own Region 1 area as well. As for Meetings, right now the only word I have on any meetings in Region 1 are the ones in the Spring and there are going to be a couple of them in New York, One at NYU Langone, and a potential for one in April in New York and the potential for one in New Jersey. Hopefully we can get one in Massachusetts or at least one other one in the Northern part of Region 1, I would love to have one in New Hampshire and one in Maine too. 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 one.
“There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking” Brian Tracy
Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T.
Region 1 Director
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 2
I hope everyone is doing well, With the colder months closing in on us very fast it’s time to put our flip flops away and get our boots out. I am definitely not ready for cold weather! Don’t forget this weekend its Daylight savings time so turn your clocks back.
I hope everyone that came out to the Orlando conference enjoyed themselves. It’s always great to be able to see all of our members from all Regions. I would also like to say a Big Thank You to all of our speakers and Vendors for taking time out of their busy schedules for making it possible for us members to earn their CE’s and to show us what new equipment/supplies that are available. I was very pleased to be able to give the Region 2 Educational Award for 2019 at our Orlando ASATT conference. 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 at their hospital to earn our CE’s!! Thank you both for all your hard work!! I have attached pictures of both of them receiving their awards!
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!
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 able 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.
Memberships: Don’t forget about the options we have to offer to our members. We have 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.
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T
Region 2 Director
Sue Christian Cer.A.T.T.
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!
Sue Christian, B.S., Cer.A.T.T.
Region 3 Director
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
Greetings Region 4!!
A big shout out to all that attended the annual conference in Orlando!! I’d love to here your feedback, concerns or ideas for future meetings…
I am hoping to have 2 meetings next year, possibly more. If you’ve ever thought about hosting a meeting or have any ideas/suggestions, email me and let’s talk!
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for next years annual conference in Ft Worth, TX, September 10-12.
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.
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
Region 4 Director
Jason Menchey, Cer.A.T.
Hello from region 5,
Welcome region 5, Happy November. Hope everybody that was able to make it to the national meeting in Orlando last month was able to go, and learned a lot of good information.
Upcoming for region five we have a region five meeting in San Antonio Texas on December 7, with at least 9 CE’s and more possibly coming. Already in the works for 2020 are a few meetings:
Dallas meeting the beginning as well as meetings in Arlington, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, and possibly Mississippi. If anybody in region 5 is interested in putting together a regional meeting, do not hesitate to email me, and I will give you any support and recommendations to set up a meeting. Anyone the helps coordinate a regional meeting will not pay the registration fee as well.
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.
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.
As already announced the National Meeting for 2020 will be held in Fort Worth, TX!!!! Start making plans to come visit The Great State of Texas!!!! Here some ideas to start looking into!! THINGS TO DO IN FORT WORTH!!!!!
September 10-12, 2020 at the Hilton, Fort Worth, TX
Jason Menchey Cer.A.T.
Region 5 Director
Allison Kohn, Cer.A.T.T.
Hello Region 6
I was surprised to see so many of you at our Annual Education Conference in Orlando this past week! Glad we all got to meet.
We have a lot coming up. I am working on putting together one last regional meeting before the end of the year. It will be held on December 14th at the School of Anesthesia in Pasadena. I will post details and registration ASAP so keep an eye out! Especially if you need those last CEs.
Please remember to start turning in your CEs for your renewal starting November 1st.
ASATT Committees! We have so many different ways for you all to get involved with ASATT and making sure our profession is the best it can be. Check them out under the About Us tab, and then click committees. You can be part of the change you would like to see in Anesthesia Technology! (who knew I could rhyme so well)
I presented Victoria Reyes with the Education Award this year. If you know of anyone who you think is deserving of this award for next year, let me know! Let’s work together to recognize the people who have made a difference.
Last but not least, Fort Worth, Texas! This will be our location for the 2020 Educational Conference. We got a preview of what’s to come, and it looks like it will be a fun location! Plan ahead and put your time in now! Hope to see you all there!
ASATT Region 6 Director
Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T.
Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T.
Howzit Region 7!!!
It’s fall and football season and the weather is changing for many of us. It will start to get colder and for many the snow will fall soon. Enjoy the beginning of our holiday season, Thanksgiving is at the end of the month. Build memories with family and friends, take pictures so you can reflect back on the good times. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
“You may not think you have a good memory,
but you remember what's important to you.”
~ Rick Warren ~
Thank you for allowing me to return as your Region 7 Director. I humbly thank you for all of your support throughout my past terms as your Region 7 Director and I look forward to your support in the years to come. It is an exciting time to be an Anesthesia Technologist or Technician.
“I’m excited about what the future will bring,
and I think the best is yet to come.”
~ Alonzo Mourning ~
If you attended the Annual Meeting in Orlando you were shown some of the things coming up for ASATT. There were multiple projects that we have been working on over the past year; Awareness campaign, Rebranding campaign, Staffing ratio revision, Logo redesign, Revised Website to launch in 2020, and more. There is so much more to accomplish in the years to come. “Remember we are laying the foundation for future generations of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians”. We WILL not have all of the answers, but we will get them for you…
“You don’t have it all figured out, to move forward.”
~ Toby Mac ~
For those of you who attended the Annual Meeting, I hope you enjoyed it, learned from it, and took some time to visit one of the biggest tourist destinations in the US. The meeting was a success and there were many great lectures including one by one of us. Stephanie Waring AT did an awesome presentation. Did you know that she will receive extra CE’s for her presentation? (Visit the website for further details or contact your regional director.) There was also swan song lecture by Daniel Hatlestad from GE Healthcare. Dan has delivered multiple excellent lectures for the Annual meeting and in Region 7, but he informed me he will be retiring shortly and would not be available to lecture for ASATT. Congratulations to Mr. Hatlestad and thank you for all that you have done for ASATT. I hope he enjoys retirement to the fullest…
My wife and I took a week vacation following the meeting to be a tourist. WOW!!! We had a great time, but its Universal Studios and Disney Parks in LA on steroids... So many more larger parks, way larger crowds of people, longer ride lines, huge parking lots, and so much more unhappy kids and park guests.
We still have a meeting that will take place on Saturday, December 7th at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital. The flyer/agenda and registration information will be posted very shortly. Please check the website.
Region 7 will be having multiple meetings in 2020. We hope to coordinate two meetings in Washington, three meetings in Oregon, and one in Hawaii. If anyone wants to help coordinate a meeting and get free CE’s please contact me at your earliest convenience. Just remember… “It’s not easy, but it’s not hard.”
Thank you again for allowing me the privilege of serving all of you in Region 7 again.
“Always remember your roots
they are the foundation of your life and the wings to your future”