In the October issue of the The American Society of Anesthesiologists magazine Power of A Committee Chair Paul Pomerantz, FASAE, CAE used his CEO Report to highlight the Power of a A and our mission. Check out quotes below and read the full piece here.

Associations did not originate in America, but they have come to play a unique and critical role in our democracy. Virtually every profession and industry in the U.S. is represented by one or more associations. Associations provide invaluable services, including continuing professional education, advocacy, development of standards, research and public safety. Associations exemplify the importance of unity and collaboration, especially during challenging times. Moreover, associations are a strong force in our economy, employing approximately 1.6 million people nationwide. And that’s not all – association members are noted for their charity. Almost 45 percent of association members reported volunteering their time in the past year.”

“It was Ben Franklin who, in 1743, founded the very first scientific society in the U.S. – the American Philosophical Society. It remains in existence to this day – a testament to the power of associations and their ability to grow and overcome challenges through the collective voice of committed individuals. The specialty of anesthesiology faces enormous challenges in the future, as does all of health care. The success of the emerging health care system will be dependent largely upon the efforts of associations such as ASA to help provide a voice for the profession, to assess the impact of various proposals, to provide information and resources for our members, and to collaborate with other associations with shared goals. However, our achievement at doing so will be largely dependent on our ability to protect the unique features and contributions of associations to American society.”