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ADVOCACY SPOTLIGHT


PAC Talk ASCAPAC thanks its donors BY DANIELLE KASTER


What is a political action committee? A political action com- mittee (PAC) is an orga- nization that raises money


privately, among its members, to advo- cate for its industry or cause.


What is ASCAPAC? The Ambulatory Surgery Center Asso- ciation’s Political Action Commit- tee (ASCAPAC) is the only PAC in Washington, DC, that represents ASCs of every specialty across the coun- try. Through voluntary contributions, ASCAPAC strategically supports the campaigns of members of Congress who stand up for ASC initiatives.


Who can become an ASCAPCAC member? Only members of ASCA are eligible to contribute and solicit contributions to ASCAPAC.


Who oversees ASCAPAC? ASCAPAC is governed by a Board of Directors. Members of the Board Directors are ASCA members.


How does ASCAPAC decide which candidates to support? ASCAPAC’s support is based on three main points of criteria: ■■


Voting record: does the candidate present a strong commitment to ASC initiatives?


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Relevance: does the elected official hold a leadership position or sit on a committee of jurisdiction relating to the ASC industry?


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Competitiveness: how competitive is their race?


Success in 2018 The success of ASCAPAC relies on the participation of ASCA members. Each


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year, ASCA hosts the “If Not Now, When?” state competition that chal- lenges states to compete against each other to raise contributions and aware- ness of ASCAPAC. This year’s cam- paign began at the beginning of January. With the help of more volunteer state leaders than ever before, ASCAPAC hopes to achieve record-breaking suc- cess. ASCAPAC extends its sincerest thanks to everyone involved with the competition this year. Here we recog- nize a few for their outstanding service and efforts this year.


ASCAPAC State Leaders’ Spotlight (please note this is not a complete list of all the state leaders)


James McClung, RN, nurse administrator at Center for Specialty Surgery in Austin, Texas


Rob Simmons, chief executive officer of Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Mark Norling, MD, medical director of Northwest Ambulatory Surgery Center Association in Portland, Oregon


Susan Cheek, CPA CHCC CASC, administrator of Dallas Endoscopy Center in Dallas, Texas


Dianne Appleby, RN, executive director of Menomonee Falls Ambulatory Surgery Center in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin


Debbie Hall, RN, administrator of Cheyenne Surgical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming


Brenda Cordle, chief executive officer of Surgery Center of Fort Collins in Fort Collins, Colorado


Greg Horner, MD, managing partner of HealthPoint Ambulatory Surgery Company LLC in Newbury Park, California


Kelli Coelho, RN, CASC, executive director of at Day Surgery at RiverBend in Springfield, Oregon


For more information, please con- tact Danielle Kaster at dkaster@asc association.org


Danielle Kaster is ASCA’s assistant director of grassroots and political affairs. Write her at dkaster@ascassociation.org.


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