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The Bridger Range at sunset in late winter,
Gallatin County, Montana
Theresa Indovina
16408 29th St. East
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Plan to Attend (Back Cover )
Page 7
PSRT STD
U.S. POSTAGE
PAID
Summit
Enterprises
AMT Educational & National
Meeting San Antoino, Texas
Page 6
General Information
Page 5
Editor’s Message & Just for
Laughs
Page 4
Councilor’s Message
Page 3
President’s Message
Inside This Issue:
PLAN TO ATTEND
National Medical Lab Professionals Week
April 21-27, 2013
NWMLS/ASCLS Spring Symposium
Lynnwood Convention Center Lynnwood, WA
Apri 25-27, 2013
AMT 75th National Convention
Pittsbugh, PA Omni William Penn Hotel
July 8-12, 2013
NWMLS/ASCLS Fall Symposium
Lynnwood Convention Center
October 16-19, 2013
Volume 37
Issue 2
Winter 2012
Published by the northwest Tri-State Society of AMT
The Northwest Newsletter
National Medical Assistants Week
October 21-25, 2013
The Northwest Newsletter
NWSSAMT ORGANIZATION
PRESIDENT:
Jo Abraham, RMA
25032 SE 384th
Enumclaw, WA 98022
(360) 802-6755
B (425) 277-1311
[email protected]
TREASURER:
Roxanne Erskine, MT
2311 South 118th St.
Seattle, WA 98168
C (206) 851-5389
W (253) 468-3479
[email protected]
BOARD MEMBER:
Roxanne Erskine, MT
2311 South 118th St.
Seattle, WA 98168
C (206) 851-5389
W (253) 468-3479
[email protected]
VICE PRESIDENT:
Theresa Indovina, RMA
16408 29th Street East
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
H (253) 987-5798
[email protected]
SECRETARY:
Linda Wilkins, MT
7909 Incline Drive SE
Olympia, WA 98513
H (360) 473-7121
[email protected]
EDITOR:
Theresa Indovina, RMA, CMA
16408 29th Street East
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
H (253) 987-5798
[email protected]
COUNCILOR WESTERN DIST:
Ken Hawker, MT
3250 South 7900 West
Magna, UT 84044
H (801) 252-8976
W (801) 608-5016
[email protected]
BOARD MEMBER:
H. Mike Jewell, MT
14714 McIntosh Lane, SE
Tenino, WA 98589-9425
H (360) 446-2039
[email protected]
JOB INFO COORDINATORS:
Roxanne Erskine, MT
Contact at left addresses
BOARD MEMBER:
Catherine Linsenmann, RMA
3084 Madeline CT
Ammon, ID 83406-4581
H (208) 523-4799
BOARD MEMBER:
C. Ron Cato, MT
South 3510 Bates Road
Spokane, WA 99201
H (509) 928-7784
B (509) 928-0300
AMT National Meeting•San Antomio 2012
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President's Message…
General Information
…
Have a desire to take the next step?
Want to get involved?
The Northwest Medical Laboratory Symposium
Meeting or during the Fall Symposium, we will pay you
was held in Portland, OR this year. Portland is
$50.00 if you are one of the first five new attendees.
especially beautiful in the fall with the leaves
This will help defray your costs. Please check our
turning color and a chill in the air. In addition to
website at www.americanmedtech.org for location, time
our fall board and business meetings there were
and date details and plan to attend.
many excellent scientific sessions presented.
As the year draws to a close, I wish you and your
Become a player of the
Great AMT team!
Our active membership has continued to dwindle
families happy holidays as well as health and
in 2012. With members retiring, moving out of
happiness in the coming year.
state, dealing with difficult personal circumstances,
etc., we are spread pretty thin.
Contact: Jo Abraham
[email protected]
Elections were held in 2011 and we were unable to
Jo Abraham, RMA (AMT)
fill all of the board positions. We do not have a
President, NWSSAMT
Montana member, the elected Idaho member has
and find out how!
not attended any meetings and we have been unable
to contact her. We would love to meet her. One
other board position remains vacant. Please
consider getting involved in your state society.
Continuing
Education Point
Requirements for AMT:
30 Points
over 3 years for:
RMA, CMAS, RDA,
CMLA, and AHI
20 Points
over 3 years for:
RPT only
45 Points
over 3 years for:
MT, MLT, CLC, and AML
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are not necessarily those of the AMT or NWSSAMT.
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Active members who have attended at least two
business meetings within the last two years are
eligible to be nominated as delegates to the AMT
national meeting. In addition to visiting a great city
each year, participating in decisions made at the
Table of Contents
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San Antonio Convention Photo’s
Page 3
President’s Message
Page 4
Councilor’s Message
national level, electing the national board, attending
Page 5
excellent scientific sessions and socializing with the
Editor’s Message & Just for Laughs
wonderful AMT “family,” the Northwest State
Page 6
Society reimburses delegates for the majority of
General Information
their expenses. It's a win-win for everyone. Our
Page 7
next business meeting will be held on April 26th,
Mark your calendar...AMT
2013, in Lynnwood, WA, thirty minutes after the
in Pittsburgh, PA
last scientific session of the day. If you are an AMT
member who has never attended a Northwest State
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Plan to Attend
Society Business Meeting, either at the Spring
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Editor’s Message
COUNCILOR’S MESSAGE - July 2012
Greetings,
The wheels on the jet have retracted and San Antonio,
Texas is fading into the south. The doors have closed
on the 74th annual AMT National Educational Seminar
and Business Meeting. Once again our national office
staff, our Board of Directors and the Scientific and
Speakers Committees have provided us with a
dynamic and stimulating meeting. We had a registered
attendance of 385.
This year's meeting was the first step in an
evolutionary change to the format of this annual AMT
family reunion. This year we reduced the meeting by
one day. The President's reception replaced the usual
Friday night social. This seemed to be a welcome
change and was well attended. Next year in Pittsburg,
PA the changes will continue. The meeting will be
shortened by yet another day with the business
meeting and town hall being held on Thursday instead
of Friday.
We will be expanding the hours for CE classes into the
evenings so that the same number of CE opportunities
will still be available. It is not too early to begin
planning for next year. One of my favorite highlights
of each year's meeting is the awards banquet and
presentations. This year the Western District did very
well. Six of our state societies were recognized for
Honor Roll status. Thus far in 2013 all nine of our
societies are on track for this recognition in Pittsburg.
Fourteen Western District members received special
recognition through the receipt of various awards.
Among the winners were: Sheryl Rounsiville (CA) –
RPT of the Year; Sujanalatha DeAlmeida (CA) –
RMA of the Year; Robert Newberry (AZ) – MT of the
Year; Juanita Stocke (NV) – the President's Award
and Distinguished Achievement; George Cook (CO)
– Silver Service Award; Teresita Hacuman (CA) –
Editor of 1st place Newsletter; Dr. Henry Oh (NM) –
Editor of 2nd place Journal; Terrie Bruckner (WY) –
Distinguished Acheivement; Jeannette Hobson (CA) –
Exceptional Merit; Clifford Colvin (OR) – Legacy
Award and Ashley Bennett (CA) – 3rd place
Student Writing Award.
Our education team at the national office announced
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some exciting changes at this year's meeting.
Among these changes are newly formatted packages
of STEP CE programs. In addition, there are several
recorded workshops from both the 2011 and 2012
national meetings that are available for purchase for a
nominal fee. They have also developed an online
RMA practice exam that is now available. If you
have any questions about what is available please
contact the national office. The available options are
in a constant state of expansion.
For those of you who enjoy using social media, i.e.
Facebook, Linkedin, etc., please be aware that AMT
is actively pursuing the use of these communications
tools. We now have our own Facebook page that you
can access for the latest and greatest happenings on a
national level.
As you prepare for your fall meetings, don't forget
that this is your opportunity to highlight and honor
the RMA members of your state society. National
Medical Assistants Week is October 15 – 19, 2012.
The North Carolina State Society has issued a general
challenge to all our states to prepare a tri-fold story
board to tell the story of your state society.
They would like to encourage each state to bring their
story board to the next National Meeting in Pittsburg
next July. A special display area will be provided for
these to be made available for all to enjoy. The final
act at each year's business meeting is to install our
Board of Directors. This year the members elected
Heather Herring from Michigan to the Board. Our
officers for next year are: President – Mary Burden;
Vice President – Everett Bloodworth; Secretary –
Jeffrey Lavender and Treasurer – Janet Sesser.
I'm just about “newsed” out so I will close with a
wish for a great summer and dynamic fall meetings.
The 75th Annual Educational Program and National
Convention will be held at the Omni William Penn
Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year July
8-12, 2013. They are shortening the week of
sessions at the national convention so it might be
easier to attend. This year, the Opening Ceremony
will be Monday morning, and the Welcome Party
will be Monday night. The Breakfast of Champions
will now be a luncheon on Tuesday or Wednesday,
and the OGM/MOM dinner will be Wednesday
night. Monday through Thursday will be meetings
and sessions. The voting that takes place will be
Thursday during the day, and the Awards Banquet
will be Thursday night. The Omni William Penn
Hotel is located in downtown Pittsburgh with
restaurants and shopping within walking distance.
It is just 18 miles from the airport. We hope you
will consider going to the convention this year.
The Spring Northwest Medical Lab Symposium
will be held April 25-27, 2013 in Lynnwood,
Washington at the Lynnwood Convention Center.
We are offering $50.00 for the first five attendees
who attend the Northwest Tri-State Society
Business Meeting on Friday night for those
attending the Spring Symposium. We hope you
will consider coming to our business meeting in
April to find out all the exciting updates in our
society.
Anyone interested in assisting in the newsletter or
who has articles to put in the newsletter, please let
us know.
Sincerely,
Ken Hawker, MT-AMT
Western District Councillor
Theresa Indovina, RMA
Editor and Vice President,
NWSSAMT
Just For Laughs
The only reason I would
take up walking is so
hah
ha ha
I can hear heavy
*
!
breathing again.
The advantage of
a
ha
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exercising every day
is when you die they'll say,
"Well, he looks good, doesn't he?"
I like long walks, especially when they are
taken by people who annoy me.
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