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York Tech's Ratliff Elected to Association of Surgical Technologists Board

June 23, 2010

ROCK HILLóAt the recent 41st annual national conference of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST), York Technical College Surgical Technology Department Chair John Ratliff was elected to the associationís Board of Directors.

Ratliff came to York Technical College in August 2008 from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was an instructor for five and a half years. He is a graduate of Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Oregon, and earned his bachelor's degree in Adult Education from Bellevue University.

In addition to his work as an instructor, Ratliff has broad experience in the field including a position with the Pediatric Heart Team at Norton/Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, and five years as a traveling CST, working across the country. The position offered him the opportunity to scrub almost every surgical specialty at one time or another including open heart, trauma, and transplant surgery.

With the help of several of his students, Ratliff formed the Nebraska State Assembly of AST in 2004 and was its President until his move to York Tech. He served on the AST Government & Public Affairs Committee in 2006 and as Chairperson in 2007. In 2007, Ratliff was elected to ASTís Board of Directors, serving from 2007 to 2009. He has also served as a site visitor for the ARC-STSA since 2003. Ratliff currently serves on the South Carolina State Assembly of AST Board of Directors, where he was elected in October 2009. His most recent election to AST Board of Directors is a return to that board.

Ratliff has received several honors from AST. He received the President's Award in 2005, Fellowship Designation in 2008, and was named AST Educator of the Year in 2008.

About AST

The Association of Surgical Technologists was established in 1969 by members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

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.

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