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1. The WVSSA invites all West Virginia anesthesiologists and guests to a reception at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in October. The West Virginia University Department of Anesthesiology will co-sponsor the reception. It will be 7-9pm, Saturday, October 11, in the Beauregard Room of the Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras Street. This reception is a good time to visit with colleagues from around the state, and meet WVU faculty, residents and alumni.

2. The WVSSA held its Annual Educational and Business Meetings in August.
The lectures were outstanding, all rated by the attendees above 4 on a 1-5 scale. Dan Cole, MD, ASA First Vice President, updated everyone on ASA activities, including the perioperative surgical home, during his presentation. Dr. Johnstone has access to the lecture slides for anyone who needs information from them. WVU will send CME certificates to all registered attendees.

Educational program (L-R). Drs. R. Johnstone, D. Cole, M. Vallejo, D. Hardman,  B. Caveney

Educational program (L-R). Drs. R. Johnstone, D. Cole, M. Vallejo, D. Hardman, B. Caveney

b. Secretary report highlights:

Membership
190 Active
3 Affiliate
21 Residents
22 Retired
236 Total

Activities
WVSSA website: www.wvssahq.org.
GADDIS Consulting maintains the website, charging $125 whenever a newsletter is posted
Approximately six newsletters per year are posted on website and sent to members

c. Treasurer’s report excerpts:

Balance sheet (August 21, 2014)

Assets

Checking – BB&T $56,226.12
Deposit ASA Reception 1,000
Postage 50
Certificates Deposit – BB&T 67,214.43

Liabilities

None

Balance $124,490.55

Revenue and Expenses – 2014 YTD

Revenues $25,752.23
Expenses $17,182.02

RTanner Associates, CPA prepared the tax return. No tax due. Accounting bill $652 for 2013.

d. Actions

1. Dues for 2015 will remain the same as for 2014 – $200 active members, $100 affiliate, none for residents. Continue joint dues collection with ASA.
2. Contribute during 2015: $150 each to FAER, APSF, WLM
3. Hold the WVSSA annual meeting again in conjunction with the August meeting of the WV State Medical Association at the Greenbrier. Invite two outside speakers and give CME credit to attendees at no cost.
4. Replace the speaker and officer dinner at the WVSSA Annual Meeting with a dinner open to all attendees at a cost of $75 per person.
5. Continue paying for WV residents to attend the ASA Legislative Conference, with expense rules.
6. Endorse candidates for state and federal election who understand anesthesiology issues. WVSSA officers will decide on the endorsements.
7. Not hold a WVSSA reception at the 2015 ASA Annual Meeting in San Diego, because fewer WV members will attend the west coast meeting.
8. Move the WVSSA banking account at BB&T to an on-line account with both the treasurer and assistant treasurer having authority to manage funds and the main officers having viewing authority.

e. Officer elections

President Michael Panger, MD (panger.michael@gmail.com)
President-elect Seth Crislip, MD (sethcrislip@gmail.com)
Sect-Treas Robert Johnstone, MD (johnstoner@wvuhealthcare.com)
Asst Sect-Treas Brian Grose, MD
ASA Delegates Alex Skaff, MD
Brian Grose, MD
ASA Alt Delgs Michael Panger, MD
Matt Ellison, MD
ASA Res Delg Jeremiah Jeffers, MD
ASA Director Robert Johnstone, MD
ASA Alt Dir Alex Skaff, MD (ASkaff1Ace@aol.com)
Legislative Rep Alex Skaff, MD

WVSSA officers at the Annual Meeting (L-R). Drs. Alex Skaff, Robert Johnstone, Michael Panger, Brian Grose, Seth Crislip

WVSSA officers at the Annual Meeting (L-R). Drs. Alex Skaff, Robert Johnstone, Michael Panger, Brian Grose, Seth Crislip

3. ASAPAC. Thank you to the 53 West Virginia anesthesiologists who have contributed this year to the PAC. It helps us communicate our message of patient safety to legislators. Any member who has not yet contributed can do so at, https://www.asahq.org/ASAPAC.

Robert Johnstone, MD, Newsletter Editor

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