Message from the President:
Hello to our wonderful Florida State Society of American Medical Technologists.
Thank you, Board of Directors, for giving me the privilege and honor of being the State President. I take the position with great responsibility.
I have been a Medical Technologist for over fifteen years, mainly in the areas of Blood Banking and Clinical Chemistry. One of the things I enjoy the most about being a Medical Technologist is teaching and mentoring new graduates. I can see when an idea “clicks”, when they realize that something they learned in the classroom affects patient care, treatment, and diagnosis….that they do make a difference in someone’s life.
I know these have been tough times for all of us in the Allied Health field, but we are tough and know where to find our inner strength. Or when to find a shoulder to cry on when needed. We will all come out of this crisis much stronger, with new innovative ideas on coping and dealing with stress, as well as kindness and compassion for others.
I am excited that May 22nd will be our first Virtual Meeting. We will, as always, have the best speakers and our seasoned Board will bravely do everything possible to make sure things go smoothly. But even if there are a few glitches, we will be there to assist you. Please remember that this is your association and feel free to make suggestions or comments about what you would like to see in the future.
Please be kind to each other, and Blessings to Mr. Ozzie Skinner.
Jose A. Velasquez MT AHI (AMT), Broward Health North
Message from the Website Editor:
Welcome to your State Society Website FLSSAMT!
Your Board is excited for what is in store this year:
As you know, we had our Virtual Spring meeting on May 22, 2021. We had more than 60 members log on! Though we had a few minor hiccups, everyone was supportive and engaging!
If you have been on AMT’s website lately, you will see that the AMT National Educational and Business Meeting is now a virtual meeting! The program and registration is now open online. The business meeting and voting, like last year, will be virtual. There will be free CE programs for you to enjoy as well as additional presentations to choose from. Just think! You can enjoy the meeting from your favorite armchair!
To all our members who contacted us about becoming a delegate to the meeting, we thank you. You will hear from us soon with more information.
We are planning two additional get togethers this year:
Coming this summer will be a virtual meeting for anyone interested in running for the FLSSAMT Board of Directors. Presentations will offer detailed information about the duties of each position on the Board. It is important to know what is expected of each Officer or Board position so members can best choose position for which they feel best suited.
Fall Meeting: November 6 we are hoping for a physical meeting, but if that is not possible or prudent, we will definitely have a virtual meeting. If you have any particular subject you would like to hear, please send it to me at FLSSAMT.email@example.com
Do not forget, although COVID death numbers are declining – new variants of the virus are climbing. Though mask mandates are being relaxed, people are still being hospitalized and are still dying. Florida has experienced a 4.6% positivity rate as of 5/17/21. That is approximately 78,000 positive cases to date in May alone! If you would like to see current statistics for Florida and by county, go to: http://ww11.doh.state.fl.us/comm/_partners/covid19_report_archive/cases-monitoring-and-pui-information/county-report/county_reports_latest.pdf
It is important we do not let down our guard! Be vigilant. Be Cautious. How many time have we heard “My blood pressure is normal now – can I stop taking my blood pressure medicine” “I feel all better now, can I stop my antibiotics early?” We are better, yes, but not enough to stop our “medicine”!
To date, only 38% of Florida residents have been fully vaccinated. For herd immunity we need at the least 70%. We need that will help to protect those who do, and those who do not, vaccinate.
Until we “meet” again, keep wearing those masks, honor social distancing, and avoid unnecessary risks.
Keep an eye out for more information on our upcoming events!
Keep Paying it Forward FLSSAMT! You ARE make a difference!!
Kathleene Hardy RMA(AMT)
FLSSAMT VP/ Publications Chair