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Fall 2008

Northwest Networking Group - NWAAG

The Northwest Anesthesia Admininstrative Group (NWAAG), an independent networking group that ABC helped launch in the summer of 2008, met for a second time in early October in Seattle. Hosted by ABC and AAI for clients and others, the meeting focus was “Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining MDs and CRNAs.” Physicians and administrators from several anesthesia groups in Washington and Oregon participated in the dialogue led by ABC and AAI experts Jody Locke, Karin Bierstein, Ruth Morton, and Lisa Kranz.

Plans are underway for continuing the peer networking group, modeled after two similar successful groups in the eastern US. If you are involved in managing the business of your anesthesia practice, you are warmly invited to participate in future network meetings. For more information, contact Don LaRuffa at 757.565.9519 or Ruth Morton at 503.372.2789.

In the East Coast, for information on participating in the Tristate Area Anesthesia Administrators Group (TAAG), which covers Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, contact the TAAG treasurer, Nancy Salazer at

If you are interested in the WAAAG, which covers Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, contact the group’s president at