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Jonnalee, Burgess Cer.A.T.

Jonnalee Burgess, Cert.A.T.


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Hello Region 1,

First of all, I want to apologize for the late submission for the Web Report. I was on a two week vacation, after my daughter’s wedding.

Congratulations to Efrain Martinez, who was nominated for the Regional Educational Award and was notified that he is the winner of this award. Efrain hosted the meeting in the Bronx on April 8th. He put a lot of work into hosting the meeting and getting everything in order so when I arrived there was very little work needed. He was happy to think that he could assist the other Anesthesia Techs in the Region to obtain the CEU’s that are needed to recertify at the end of their two year period. The meeting had exceptional speakers and it was attended by over 100 attendees. Nova Med, Codan and Hilyard were the vendors who supported our meeting as well, so when you see the Reps for these companies, please be sure and thank them for their support.

Do not forget to sign up to go to our Annual Meeting in Pasadena. The website to see the flyer for our National Meeting:  the time will be filled with fun, learning and networking with your fellow Anesthesia Tech’s from around the world. It always fun to see some friends that you meet through ASATT and meeting new friends, I will be anxiously waiting to see you all.

The ASATT Sensor is always looking for new articles on Science and Technology. One of the greatest incentives is to see your name in print; it is one of the many great ways to get involved with ASATT. As well, ASATT awards an annual prize worth $1,500 for the chosen published article (plus it’s a great way to earn CEs). Details on the requirements can be found on ASATT’s website.

This is just a friendly reminder, for those of you who need to be recertified this year. It is NEVER too early to start thinking about the status on the CE’s earned, and how many you will need for your next cycle. It is no fun to have your back against the wall at the end of the year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.


Jonnalee, Burgess Cer.A.T.

Region 1 Director



Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.

Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.


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Hello Region 2

Hope everyone is doing well.  With Summer coming to a close and school starting I hope everyone had a chance for a great vacation and made some great memories. I’m excited and sad at the same time because my daughter is off to college at the end of August. She is going to do very well it’s me I’m worried about.

I don’t really have any updates except we will be having a Region 2 meeting on November 4th 2017 at University of Maryland. More details on registration will be coming soon.

I am getting excited about our Meeting in Pasadena CA. Hopefully many of you will be joining us there. I am very proud of each and everyone of you for supporting are organization. I am a proud supporter of this because it benefits all of us. It gives us many opportunities to meet many people and to make life long friends and many techniques for us to bring back to our working environment.

Remember if you are interested in holding a Region 2 meeting in your area please contact me.  I would love to see more meetings being held in the Ohio and Michigan area, so please think about trying to hold one their. Any questions please feel free to contact me.



Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T

Region 2 Director

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Gail Walker Cer.A.T.


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Greetings Region 3!!

It doesn’t seem possible that our national meeting is next month but it’s a fact. August 24-26 in Pasadena is where techs from across the globe will gather together to hear excellent speakers, meet, eat and play with friends and colleagues we haven’t seen since last year. It’s not too late to register so please visit the website for more information.

I wrote about this last time but it certainly bears repeating. 2017 is going to be a first for us as an association. This year we will be stepping away from the ASA and holding our meeting alone. The ASA is committed to seeing that we do well as an organization but understands our desire to take this giant leap. Part of the reason ASATT has done this is to hold our annual meeting in cities that are more affordable for our membership. Again, please visit the ASATT website for location, cost, etc. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised by the cost of the hotel rooms and all the activities Pasadena has to offer.

Finally, please take a minute to look at the ASATT website.  There is so much information there concerning certification/recertification, technical articles, The Sensor quiz which counts for 1 CE and so much more. So many of us will need to recertify by the end of the year so please take a second to make sure you’re on track.

As always, please let me know what I can do to help.


Gail Walker, Cer.A.T.

Region 3 Director


Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.

Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.


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Hello Region 4,

Hope all is well this summer not much time left for us here in Illinois it’s back to school (YEA). Due to the large number of recent certifications, I have received numerous emails about how to obtain CEU’S. There are several different opportunities to obtain CEU’s. One resource for CEU’s is the great  Region 4 will also be presenting a Spring 2018 meeting, along with a 2018 fall meeting, worth up to 7 CEU’S per meeting. The national meeting scheduled for August 2017, in Pasadena, will offer a minimum of 13CEU’S.  Another resource for your CEU’s is the quiz you can submit from our quarterly ASATT magazine the Sensor. In addition to the above mentioned meetings, I would like to support and suggest that conferences be held in every state within Region 4, which could help ASATT members meet their CEU requirements. If any member is willing to organize a meeting in your state or here in Illinois, I would support your efforts and help in any way I can.  It is the responsibility of each and every technician to “get into the game” to support personal growth and development in conjunction with the overall organizational growth and development of ASATT.

Enjoy what’s left of summer Region 4!




Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.

Region 4 Director


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Greg Farmer Cer.A.T.

Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T.


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Greetings Region Five!!!!

This year is just flying by!! I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather!

I wanted to thank everyone for their support for my reelection! Your emails and texts meant alot!! I feel very fortunate to be able to represent region five and am working to make it the best!

I hope all of you are planning to make it out to the National Conference in Pasadena. And I look forward to meeting many of you for the first time and seeing familiar faces again! I know that going to meetings can be expensive. Did you know that you can write off the educational conferences and regional meetings? Here is a link that may be able to help.

This is not the "end all, be all". I just typed in "educational conference tax write off". There are many pages of info out there. Do your research and find ways to save money!

Now that being said...

Region 5 has meetings coming up!

Sept 9 in Denver!

Sept 30 in Oklahoma City!

Dec 9 in San Antonio!

If you are short of CE's... these are your best chances to get 'em done!!

I would like to thank all my coordinators for your help in planning these events.

  •  Kathi Conner, Cer.A.T.T.(Colorado)
  • Nancy Sweet-Fitzgibbon, MSN, APRN-CRNA (Oklahoma)
  • Jason Menchey Cer.A.T. ( San Antonio)

Without these fine folks, there would be no meetings in these areas. They have stepped forward and stepped up to help drive our profession forward and should be appreciated and celebrated!

Well done and Thank you!!!!

Since we are the topic of meetings....

I am beginning to plan meetings for 2018!

I am proud to announce that we will have an Official ASATT Regional Meeting in Galveston Texas next summer!!

I also have interest from Dallas, Arlington and San Antonio!

I would like to be able to have meetings in destinations that would be good weekend getaways for y'all and your family. These are some suggestions I have received...

  • New Orleans, La
  • Biloxi, Miss
  • Vicksburg, Miss
  • South Padre Island/ Brownsville, Tx
  • Shreveport/Bosier City, La
  • Lake Texoma, Tx
  • Austin, Tx

If there is a place you would like to have a meeting at, contact me! If you are in these places and want to have a me!!! Working together we can accomplish many great things!

Thank you and God bless,


Greg Farmer Cer.A.T.

Region 5 Director


Johnnie Walker, Cer.A.T.T.

John Walker, Cer.A.T.T.


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Hello region 6,

I hope everyone is getting there Summer off to a great start.  Please don’t forget we have our Nation Educational Conference in Pasadena, California August 24 thru 26. 13 CE’s will be awarded for full participation Friday and Saturday.   With limited space available for Sundays Cell Salvage workshop which can earn you up to another 4 CE’s.   There will also be a educational conference October 7 in Santa Rosa, California.  Which coincidentally is the same weekend of the 2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair (  It’s a great event and you can get some CE’s done before the end of year!

So the by far the question I get asked most is about the process of getting technologist certification.  The latest Sensor has a great article to help explain the process of recertification.

But what I would like to talk about is what if you have multiple years of “on the job training” and currently work in the capacity as an anesthesia technician at your facility.  Your kinda stuck in rock in hard place especially since hospitals are putting pressure on employees to get certified.  That’s the exact situation my new co-worker is in and I would like to share it with you his experience thus far with an online program.

The college of Dupage is CAAHEP approved program that offers three programs that will allow you to take the Anesthesia Technologist Certification Exam.  

1.      ASATT certified technicians:

a.        Are eligible for the 16-week bridge course.  There are two books required and it consists of reading, weekly discussions, weekly study guides we have written, and a weekly test.

b.      The must complete an ASATT prior approval form that we have here at COD.  They will have to pay ASATT $250.00 and will need to take ACLS prior to sitting for the national exam, but not prior to taking the course.

c.       Next class begins Sept. 5-Dec. 22, 2017 =  $525

d.      After that – Jan. 15-May 4, 2018 = $525

e.       After that – May 7 – Aug. 24, 2018 = $675 which is the final rate hike

f.        Then – Aug. 27 – Dec. 14 2018

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Thank you,

John Walker, Cer.A.T.T.
ASATT Region 6 Director
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Delbert Macanas, Cer.A.T.T.


Delbert Macanas, Cer.A.T.T.


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Howzit Region 7!!! 

Wow!!! It’s already August.  How is your summer going?  Are you making memories or planning to make memories?  If you have kids, please help make their summer fun and memorable.  Make the summer magical, enjoy summer, when your kids become adults, summers are non-existent.

“Some memories are unforgettable,

remaining ever vivid and heartwarming.”

~ Joseph B. Wirthlin ~

The ASATT Annual Meeting is right around the corner.  It will be held on August 24-27, at the Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena, CA.  Please make plans to attend this historic meeting and make it a success.  It will be our first “independent” meeting without the ASA or AANA.  We have made tremendous strides for us to get to this point.  Many of our vendors have already made the commitment to support this momentous meeting.  All of the vendor tables have been sold.  Registration is ongoing, although the Early Bird Specials are over.  The agenda is posted and there are additional CE opportunities on Sunday.

Find a friend/peer to share a room with to cut your hotel room cost.  There are so many things to do and see in the Golden State.  There is a bus that will take you from Pasadena to Universal Studios for $2-3.00 and will take you an hour.  A train/tram can get you to Disneyland for $11-15.00 in a couple of hours.  Or you can visit the historic Rose Bowl, Old Pasadena, or Pasadena City Hall (silhouette on the ASATT logo).  Have some fun… Take a few extra days’ vacation…

The 19th edition of the ASATT Region 7 Meeting was just held on Sunday, August 6th at

the Pacific Beach Hotel.  We had 30 Anesthesia Technicians & Technologists in

attendance.  There were nine vendors spending the day with us.  The meeting was a

tremendous success…

The agenda was as follows; Perioperative Surgical are/Efficacy

of Cricoid Pressure by Fanny Yueng & Dustyn Uchiyama - Jabsom University of

Hawaii Medical Students, Code Blue in the OR by                 David Ueunten, M.D. -

Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist at Kaiser Medical Center, Code Blue in an Obstetric

Patient - Wei Chao, M.D. - OB Anesthesiologist at Queen’s Medical Center, ETCO2 by

Patrick Hegge, Cer. AT - Harborview Medical Center, Cell Saver Review by

Robert J. Picotte, BA, CCP - Medtronic Cardiovascular, Malignant Hyperthermia by

Courtney Lin, CRNA - Kaiser Medical Center, and Difficult Airway Algorhythm by

Matt Tom, MSN, CRNA - Kaiser Medical Center.

Please note… Dr. Wei Chao is the ASATT Region 7 Educational Award winner.  He was

presented his award at this meeting since he will not be attending the Annual Meeting.

The CRNA’s speaking at the meeting were the first to lecture at this meeting in our 19th

year of existence.  ASATT wants to expand on the relationship we are building the

Hawaii Association of Nurse Anesthetists (HANA) and the CRNA’s in Hawaii.  We are

all part of the same team working to deliver safe/efficient patient care and reward our

patients with exceptional patient experience.

There will be one last meeting in Region 7:

Saturday, September 23rd at Evergreen Health, Joe Fitzgerald and his crew are busy trying to finalize the agenda so we can post a flyer and open registration. If you can help secure a speaker or sponsor, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Mario Saldana, Matthew Davis, and team just delivered some bad news.  Unfortunately, a meeting sight can’t be secured for the October or November meeting they were planning.  So, the meeting is cancelled and the Evergreen Meeting will be my last meeting as your Region 7 Director.

Region 7 will have had NINE Educational Meetings in two years in a row.  Awesome Region 7!!!  Thank you very much.  Please continue to support our next/new Region 7 Director. 

Some people dream of success,

while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”

~ Wayne Huizenga ~

This is Repeated…

We need more people to coordinate or plan meetings to get the experience of what it takes to coordinate meetings.  If a larger percentage of our membership would have, “coordinate/plan an ASATT meeting” as a goal in life.  Can you imagine how much better ASATT would become?  The more people with experience organizing a meeting, the better it is for ASATT and our profession.  The hardest part of planning a meeting… secure enough speakers for the meetings.  There have been many comments about seeing the same speaker multiple times, it’s because they are ready, willing, and want to help educate us. 

In future years, people from different cities and states can alternate hosting a meeting every other year.  This will lift the burden off people coordinating a meeting every year.  Coordinating and helping with meetings is a great way to get free CE’s too.  If you are interested in coordinating a meeting in your area please contact your Regional Director.  Like I have said before… “It’s not easy, but it’s not hard.”  If you contact me directly, I will gladly lend a hand.  “The goal is to have a regional meeting in every state of Region 7.”

There’s nothing better than achieving your goals,

whatever they might be.”

~ Paloma Faith ~

Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”

~ Steve Jobs ~

Keep checking the ASATT Website for upcoming CRNA State Annual Meetings and check for approved CE’s at these meetings.  The Oregon CRNA Meeting is schedule for November 16-19, 2017.

The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.”

~ Richard Rogers ~

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!!! 

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.

They went out and happened to things.

~ Leonardo da Vinci ~