Jonnalee Geddis, Cert.A.T.
Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
Happy New Year’s to you all. 2020 is going to be a very exciting and fun filled year
We have some very exciting news that the ASATT BOD decided that Anesthesia Tech day will now be ANESTHESIA TECH WEEK!!! MARCH 29th- APRIL 4th, 2020 This is such a HUGE step for us now we can CELEBRATE with our heads held high as we should for a full week of success and pride for helping all of our Doctor’s, CRNA’s, AA’s, RN’s and anyone else’s lives that we may touch in a days’ time, whether it is a patient or their loved ones. We help them all in some way. We do matter and we all know it, some days we do forget for a minute. However, this is going to be our week to shine and we will shine ever so BRIGHT, like the light in the fiberoptic handle of the blade that we passed them to help intubate the patient that was about to lose the airway. Please do not forget that we do matter to the patient’s families as well even if the patient does not make it through the surgery, they do know that we attempted to save with every ounce of our beings to run that cell saver all night long or tried 6 times to intubate them even though we knew that they would not make it through the next week. We still strive to do the best for the Patient’s and that is our main priority. So that Being Said, Let’s CELEBRATE ANESTHESIA TECH WEEK!!!!!!
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 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 of the most exciting, amazing and exhilarating meetings that 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 so excited for this meeting already, of course being a Dallas Cowboys fan is twice as nice for me. I know for you Patriots’ fans, are hating me already but don’t be a hater, it is what it is. GO COWBOYS!!!! You don’t have to be just a football fan, you can be a NASCAR fan too, and they have the Texas Speedway that is within driving distance from the hotel as well. Start planning for this vacation of vacations now, there is so much to do in the area, and the list goes on and on. 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 a Regional Meeting.
Well you all have been asking for it for quite some time now and we are bringing it back THE SENSOR is coming back by popular demand this year!!!! The Sensor will be going through some updates and rebranding, so it will look different, but it will be your premier resource for information on ASATT and the industry. The Science and Technology Article will also be coming back and yes, the quizzes will be attached to each article as well which can be taken to earn continuing education credits. Keep an eye out for more updates on the Sensor, as well as how you can get involved and contribute.
With the many changes that will be happening, we will be changing which in turn means that our Logo will be changing which means that now our Logo wear items will be discounted. To see which items have been discounted, go the Storefront on the ASATT website We will be taking inventory and reducing the costs on such items as the Conference t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, travel mugs and much more!! Great time to buy for Anesthesia Tech WEEK!!!! ASATT will continue to send out email on ASATT Updates and sales announcements.
In February or March, the New Website will be revealed. It was supposed to be in early February, but due to other important matters like recertification issues arising, it has been delayed, I can tell you right now, you will not be disappointed with the changes at all. It is such an amazing improvement. WOW is all I can say… you must see it to believe the difference, it is user friendly to navigate through, items pop out at you and it looks AMAZING!! We will keep you all updated as the new launch date gets closer.
The quote below speaks volume, believe this or not, however I used to be very bashful and quiet. I did not dare speak in front of people, so never under estimate the power of positive thinking. Try giving a lecture sometime, you would be amazed at how good you can be, and how it may how help you come out of your shell.
“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
What’s been happening in Region 2:
I have been putting together a couple of meetings for our region. One will be held in April 2020 in Michigan at Wayne County Community College with Marc more details will post shortly. The other one will occur at the ASA in Washington, DC on October 3rd and 4th, 2020 with Joshua’s help. This meeting will only be open to the first 125 members that sign up. So if you’re interested in attending this one please don’t wait till the last minute because registration will close when we have reached that number. Look for details and posting soon to hit the ASATT website. I had great feedback from our members at the Orlando conference with many members wanting to hold a regional meeting, so please contact me if you are still interested in holding a meeting. Holding a Regional Meeting, is a lot of work but not hard at all!! Remember we all need CE’s so let’s work together as a team with promoting our profession!
We have some fantastic news that the BOD decided that Anesthesia Tech day will now be ANESTHESIA TECH WEEK!!! The week will be from 3/29 -4/4 in 2020 then the last week of March in the coming years. We all agreed that a day wasn’t enough to be recognized for all that we do!!
Also ASATT President Greg has already got our next National Educational Conference lined up. So start making plans to attend our 2020 Annual Conference that will be held in Fort Worth Texas at the Hilton on September 10th, 11th and 12th. Before you know it September will be here. I hear there are a lot of fun activities and sites to go do and see. Hope to see you there.
More exciting news..... The Sensor will be going through a rebranding and update and coming back shortly. We also will have the Science and Technology Article, with each article, will be a corresponding quiz which you can take to earn continuing education credits.
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year!!
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!!
Happy New Year Region 4!!
I hope everyone has recovered from the holidays and your New Year’s resolutions are still going strong!
So I have a few things cooking in regards to meetings this year…It looks like our Region 4 meeting will be late April/early May in either Milwaukee or Chicago(more info to come soon). Also, I was wondering how everyone would feel about a couple half-day meetings through the year to include both lecture and Sim-lab time?
September 10th, 11th& 12th, 2020 at the Hilton, Fort Worth, Texas
Don’t forget to start making plans for this years meeting in Fort Worth
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
Region 4 Director
Jason Menchey, Cer.A.T.
Hello from region 5,
Welcome region 5, Happy December. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I hope y’all were able to spend time with family and friends and make amazing memories!
Upcoming for region five we have a region five meeting in San Antonio Texas on December 7, with at least 9 CE’s. If you are needing those last few CE’s this is the place to come. San Antonio has an amazing Riverwalk setup with lights
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!!!! DON’T FORGET!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
Start making plans to come visit The Great State of Texas!!!! We have a lot of fun stuff in the planning for the conference. Here are some great 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
Welcome to the New Year!
It was good seeing all of you that came to the last meeting of the year in December. We had a good turn out with great speakers and content!
I plan on having more meetings this New Year and would I would love to do a meeting close to all of you. If you are interested in helping host a meeting in your area, please contact me.
I will post dates of upcoming regional meetings as soon as I can.
The Annual Conference of 2020 will be in Fort Worth Texas this year. Save the date now!
LET’S HAVE A GREAT YEAR!
ASATT Region 6 Director
Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T.
Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T.
Howzit Region 7!!!
I hope you enjoyed your holiday season, made new memories, and took a lot of pictures to document the good times. As I said before… Winter will continue to be with us for a while and many of you will endure colder temperatures. Stay warm, drive carefully, and be safe.
“Whenever I think of the past,
it brings back so many memories.”
~ Stephen Wright ~
But, the holidays are over and let’s get back to business. There was a mad rush to get recertified and many of you experienced some difficulties. But if you had earned most of your CE’s through an ASATT “sponsored” meeting, it should have made it a lot easier since these CE’s go straight to the ASATT database. (ASATT member benefit)
There are many of you who are only members during the year you need to re-certify, those CE’s don’t get recorded onto the database. This option doesn’t make sense to me because if you attend an ASATT “sponsored” meeting during this off year, you’re generally paying double what a member pays for registration. The double registration fee will pay for your annual membership. Further, if you use the two year membership registration it will save you additional cost.
Region 7 is looking at having a very productive year in 2020. As in years past, we are the regional leader in providing educational opportunities for our members. Remember knowledge and education is something that CAN’T be taken away from you. The smarter you are and more knowledgeable you are the better an Anesthesia Technician or Technologist you are. But, first and foremost, the better you are the better you are to help provide excellent patient care. The anesthesia provider will definitely appreciate your assistance too. When I attended the ASA in October, we got more Anesthesiologist’s telling us how they LOVE their Anesthesia Technicians & Technologists. Please don’t be the AT or ATT that some are complaining about for different reasons…
“Knowledge is like money:
To be of value it must circulate,
and in circulating it can increase in quantity and,
hopefully in value.”
~ Louis L’Amour ~
But, please don’t forget the local area societies like the Northwest Society of Anesthesia Technologists & Technicians and the others in the area where you reside. They have done a great service to our members in the Pacific Northwest with continuing education opportunities. But, you must also remember, if you attend one of these meetings, ASATT is NOT responsible for your certificate of attendance and the CE’s that MAY come with the meeting.
We want to support the NWSATT and other like them, but we must continue to organize CE meeting for our professional organization. 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.
“You are always responsible for how you act,
no matter how you feel.
Region 7 Educational Meetings
Soon to be finalized – Saturday, February 29th in Salem, OR. Watch the website for details.
Bellevue, WA – Overlake Hospital – Spring
Bend, OR – Summer
Honolulu, HI – August
Seattle, WA – Fall
Portland, OR – December
Start planning to attend 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 opportunies 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. This Annual meeting is unique to our profession… Networking with your peers is priceless.
"Instead of better glasses, your network gives you better eyes."
~ Ronald Burt ~
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.
“Unity is strength…
when there is teamwork and collaboration,
wonderful things can be achieved.”
~ Mattie Stepanek ~
Again… Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving all of you in Region 7.