July 15, 2013
After assisting heart surgeries for nearly three decades, a Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) employee is helping lead a national professional society. Kathleen Demitras, CST-CVS, FAST, a certified surgical technologist and cardiovascular specialist in the cardiovascular operating room at NGMC, was recently elected as the national vice president of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) for the 2013-2015 term.
As the oldest and most widely recognized professional organization for surgical technologists and surgical assistants, AST’s primary purpose is to ensure that surgical technologists and surgical assistants have the knowledge and skills to administer patient care of the highest quality. As vice president of AST, Demitras will actively aid the President, assist with the orientation of new officers and committee members, recognize outstanding achievements among members and supporters and attend national meetings with other professional organizations dedicated to providing safe and effective surgical patient care. Prior to her recent election, Demitras served as a director of the AST Board from 2008 to 2012.
“I look forward to serving as vice president of AST and helping others understand the critical role surgical technologists play in assuring our patients receive the best quality care,” says Demitras. “I am proud to represent NGMC through my leadership and would not be where I am today without the support of those in this hospital.”
Demitras has practiced as a surgical technologist for 39 years. In 2002, she moved from Pittsburgh, Penn., to help start NGMC’s open heart surgery program. Demitras is one of very few people in the nation to have the dual CST-CVS (certified surgical technologist - cardiovascular specialist) certification, and she’s the only person to carry the dual certification at NGMC.