Administrative Update  |   October 2015
ASA and Its Foundations: Where We Started and Where We Are Now
Author Affiliations
  • Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.S.H.C.A.
    ASA Assistant Treasurer
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Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Education / CPD / Patient Safety / Pediatric Anesthesia / Administrative Update
Administrative Update   |   October 2015
ASA and Its Foundations: Where We Started and Where We Are Now
ASA Monitor 10 2015, Vol.79, 6-7.
ASA Monitor 10 2015, Vol.79, 6-7.
ASA has a long history of support for the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM–1987), the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF–1985), the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER–1986), the Anesthesia Foundation (1984), the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI–2008) and the ASA Charitable Foundation (2011). Many of the missions of these organizations date much further back than the incorporation as foundations (501c3) with either an ASA committee or other charitable work. Each of these foundations has a unique mission, vision, programs and initiatives that satisfy different needs of our members and our specialty.
Based on the history compiled by the late Patrick Sim (Paul M. Wood Distinguished Librarian), ASA has evaluated its relationship with its foundations at least five times in the last 26 years. For more historical background, it was the House of Delegates that established these foundations and the House, when it has come up for a vote, has always supported these gems of our society. The last major re-evaluation was performed by the Section on Fiscal Affairs (SFA), chaired by Orin Guidry, M.D., in 2003 with the following conclusions1 :
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