BCTC Surgical Technology Faculty Elected to Serve on National, State Professional Organizations

Two BCTC Surgical Technology faculty have been selected to serve on the Kentucky State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists. Kevin Craycraft, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator, was elected president at the 2015 Kentucky State Assembly for Surgical Technologists conference held September 17 and 18 in Louisville. Rebekah Travis, the clinical coordinator for BCTC's Surgical Technology program, has been elected to the Board of Directors. Both will serve a two-year term with the organization, helping support Surgical Technologists and continuing to promote quality care for the surgical patients of Kentucky.

Craycraft was also elected to the national Association of Surgical Technologists Board of Directors in May serving a two-year term promoting surgical technologists and patient care nationwide.

Kevin Craycraft is a graduate of BCTC's Surgical Technology Program and has served at the program coordinator since 2002. He has been a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) since 1988 and is an active member of the national professional organization for surgical technologists, the Association of Surgical Technologists.

In 2013, he was awarded the designation of Fellows of the Association of Surgical Technologists for his dedication to the field and professional activities promoting the field of surgical technology, including presenting to national audiences of surgical technologists and surgical technology instructors and students.

Rebekah Travis is also a graduate of BCTC's Surgical Technology Program and is a part-time instructor for the program in her current role as Clinical Coordinator. Travis is one of six delegates elected to represent Kentucky at the national AST conference held in San Diego, CA in May 2016.

Currently, surgical technologists are working in one of the fastest growing professions in the country. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the surgical technology profession will grow faster than the average of all other occupations through the year 2020, and it is anticipated that the volume of surgery will increase exponentially due to the expanding senior population.

Kentucky State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists was established in 2004 and shares the mission and functions of the AST for state members and patients. 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). Today, AST is proud to acknowledge more than 36,000 members and represents the interests of more than 80,000 practitioners nationwide. AST actively promotes improvements in patient care and education for the profession.