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President’s Message                       September 2018                                                             


AORN of Central Ohio: Who are we?


As I begin my Presidency of our local chapter, I thought a reminder of “who we are” would be very appropriate for my first President’s message. Below is the AORN mission, vision, and values that our local chapter will use to make decisions and plan events for our chapter.



Our mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses. AORN will collaborate with professional and regulatory organizations, industry leaders, and other health care partners who support the mission.



AORN will be the indispensable resource for evidence-based practice and education that establishes the standards of excellence in the delivery of perioperative nursing care.



COMMUNICATION: Open, Honest, Respectful
INNOVATION: Creative, Risk Taking, Leading Edge
QUALITY: Reliable, Timely, Accountable
COLLABORATION: Teamwork, Inclusion, Diversity


Our local chapter, AORN of Central Ohio (3603) was formed on January 1, 1965, and we have approximately 329 members. Our dedicated chapter officers and volunteers include the following:

President Kay Ball (2018-19) kayball@aol.com

Vice President Linda Carifa (2018-20) lands2@embarqmail.com

President-elect Donna Doyle (2018-19) djd43235@yahoo.com

Treasurer Paula Blue (2017-19) sisterno1@att.net

Recording Sec Gail Ramm (2018-20) GailRamm@att.net

Newsletter Sec Jean Abdul-Zahir (2018-20) jeanholston@yahoo.com

Board Lisa Fraraccio (2018-20) lisafraraccio@hotmail.com

Jeanne LaFountain (Past President) JKLRNFA1@aol.com


Webmaster MaryAnne Bentivegna mbentivegna@juno.com

Ohio Council Gail Ramm (2018-19) GailRamm@att.net

Kay Ball (2018-19) kayball@aol.com

Jeanne LaFountain (2018-19) JKLRNFA1@aol.com



We strive to provide engaging meetings with continuing education credit to help maintain your RN registration and certifications. We usually meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. If the meeting dates change, we will notify you in our monthly newsletters.


I look forward to seeing you at our meeting on September 11, 2018, at 6:30 PM, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in the Silver Tower Classroom S1599. This meeting will feature Dr. Christopher McClung who will speak on Gender Reassignment Surgery. Please see the flyer within this newsletter. We’re excited about the diverse topics and venues for our upcoming meetings.


We plan to email our newsletter during the first week of every month. This is our main avenue for communication along with our website (http://www.centralohioaorn.com/) which includes pertinent information and pictures for your review.


If you ever want to include something in our newsletter or on our website, please contact Jean Abdul-Zahir (newsletter secretary) and/or MaryAnne Bentivegna (Webmaster). Their email addresses are posted within this message.


I look forward to an exciting and stimulating year as your President. Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions. kayball@aol.com I love being a perioperative nurse. I hope this passion is contagious as we explore our profession and the difference we make!



AORN of Central Ohio (#3603) Chapter President

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