Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T.
Howzit Region 7!!!
I hope everyone is doing well in the middle of all this chaos. Please stay safe and protected. We don’t need people in our ASATT Ohana contracting Covid-19. Hopefully, for most of you, things are settling down, but don’t let your guard down, stay vigilant and aware. Be ready for the dreaded second wave… We’re all in this together.
“Hope… Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson ~
It’s already May and the world around us has changed dramatically. There is no professional sports going on and many of you are starting to run out of movies/shows to watch on your online streaming networks. I especially miss Major League Baseball, can’t wait to have the season start. Plus, the Little League World Series was cancelled for the first time since 1948.
Covid-19 has disrupted so many events worldwide. Therefore, like everyone else all of the ASATT meetings are temporarily postponed. We are waiting and watching to see how events unfold before making any other meeting plans. I hope everything clears up and we will have a few meeting before the end of 2020. When the time comes, hopefully the meeting that was planned for Sunday, March 29th at Overlake Medical Center and Clinic can proceed. John Gonzalez and team had assembled a great agenda and with a few sponsors ready to support the meeting.
Region 7 is looking to accomplish some of the meeting goals that were set to have productive year in 2020. As in years past, we were the regional leader in providing educational opportunities for our members. I’m always looking for new people who are willing to coordinate the educational meetings. Along with new coordinators come new speakers or presenters. The new people promotes more networking. I love networking with others for one BIG reason, if there’s something I need to find out if our peers are trialing or using a “new” product, I can email them to get their opinion on the product. Or if there is a “service” we’re doing and I need to find out if other facilities are doing “it” email our peers.
Meetings in the planning stages… Saint Charles Hospital System in Bend, OR, Kaiser Sunnyside in Clackamas, OR, Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, Providence Saint Vincent in Seattle, WA, & Oregon Health Sciences University Medical Center in Portland, OR.
If we can get some of these meetings accomplished in 2020, it would be quite an achievement.
“Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show,
accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing,
accomplish without forcing.”
~ Lao Tzu ~
ASATT is the society that will help our profession move forward into the future. As I mentioned before, there are a number of projects ongoing to help our profession. Please support and help our efforts. If you want to earn free CE’s and coordinate a meeting, please contact me at your earliest convenience. Remember… It’s not easy, but it’s not hard.
Five criteria for Work Ethic…
- Give a damn
- Do what you said you’re going to do
- Take the initiative
- Clearly separate you professional and personal life
ASATT is still planning to hold our Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, TX. It will be held at the Hilton Fort Worth, September 10-12, 2020. We’re also exploring extra CE opportunities on Thursday & Sunday, September 13th. There’s further discussions about “thinking outside the box” to expand the CE chances to maximize your attendance to the Annual Meeting. We have some “pilot” ideas being discussed and are in the planning stages. If you start planning now you may be able to save additional cost to attend the meeting. Find a partner to share a room that will cut your hotel room cost in half. We have also extended the “early bird” registration fee. This Annual meeting is unique to our profession… Networking with your peers is priceless.
Let’s continue to keep Region 7 the leader in ASATT and help us move our profession forward. As I have said before… We are laying the foundation for future generations of Anesthesia Technicians & Technologist and we MUST build this together.
“Leadership is never an avenue to be self-serving but,
a platform to render great service to people.”
~ Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha ~
Please be careful with Covid-19, it’s nothing to take lightly. Take precautions and follow all of the CDC bulletins and guidelines, but don’t let it overwhelm your life. Visit the “upgraded” ASATT website, to review information.
PLEASE BE SAFE AND PROTECT YOURSELVES…
Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T.
Region 7 Director