Jonnalee Burgess, Cert.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
The meeting in Danvers, Mass. was held on Saturday November 3rd at Massachusetts General North Shore Center for Outpatient Care. We had a great turnout with 29 people, 7 amazing lectures and great food. Thank you to Lisa Butler, Diane Osborne, Lisa O’Keefe, Robin Gallant and the people who volunteered their time along with a special Thanks to Dr. Salvatore Basta. I was truly overwhelmed us with EVERY lecture, they praised their Anesthesia Techs beyond words for all that they do with sincere appreciation. The team work and everyone has the same frame of mind and equal mentality that truly amazed me. I even was a little emotional with the love, respect and care that they all have for each other, even the people that do not work directly in the Operating Room. Thank you to all that attended, we had a lot of fun.
Now, some sad news: We will NOT be having the meeting that was going to be held in correlation with the PGA in New York City. Since the PGA is being held there, some of the revenues had already been booked. I apologize for the bad news. We already have a good head start on meetings for next year, so if you are contemplating having a meeting at your Hospital. Please let me know so we can tentatively put you on the calendar. You can always have a half day, a full day or 2 days for a Regional Meeting. When you host a meeting, you are providing much needed CEU’s for your fellow Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists. If you would like to host a meeting or learn how, send me an email or call me. Keep checking on the ASATT website for information on all meetings. Please email topics that you would like to have presented at the meetings as well. We want to make you happy with the meetings.
The nasty word, RECERTIFICATION is here soon for some of you folks. Start getting all your documents and your recertification paperwork ready to send to ASATT Headquarters, if this is your year. Please read the ASATT Home page for rules, regulations and steps to make it easier for EVERYONE. Please Remember that recertification is different from your membership. You do not have to be Certified to be a member, anyone including Physicians, Institutions, CRNA’s and the list goes on. If you have any questions or comments about recertification for either Anesthesia Technicians or Technologists, please feel welcomed to email me.
As the Chairperson of the Logo Committee, I am pleased to announce that we have some new and exciting merchandise for sale. We know that membership has been asking for more items, so we are going to do just that. Send me ideas on what you would like to see ASATT have for Logo items. Keep checking the store page! We tried something new this year, we took the design from the annual meeting pin and put it on a T-shirt to make a commemorative item. Again, any feedback will be greatly appreciated. We are going to be bringing more new items to the website soon.
If you have always wanted to be more active with ASATT, here is your chance, We are always looking for members to help out on committees. It is a great way to get involved and learn the ropes so to speak, then if you want to become part of the Board of Directors, you can do just that.
Yes, you read the last name correctly. My soulmate, Shane and I got married on our vacation in Florida, on the beach. Then we went on a cruise for our honeymoon. Had a blast and enjoyed a true VACATION!!
Jonnalee, Burgess Cer.A.T.
Region 1 Director