Honoring Respiratory Therapists during National Respiratory Care Week

October 26, 2016

Honoring Respiratory Therapists during National Respiratory Care Week

Respiratory therapists all across the nation will be recognized for the important contributions they make to the nation’s health care system Oct. 23-29, 2016 as hospitals and other facilities celebrate National Respiratory Care Week.

Sponsored every year by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), Respiratory Care Week was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and has been scheduled for the last full week in October ever since to turn the spotlight on respiratory therapists and the work they do to bring compassionate care to those with breathing problems.

The 2016 theme of Respiratory Care Week is “Real Life Heroes” and respiratory therapists from Maine to California plan to do just that by reaching out to their communities to raise awareness of the conditions they treat.

As the key clinicians responsible for delivering hands on care to those with asthma, COPD, and other chronic and acute respiratory conditions, as well as critically ill patients on mechanical ventilation in the ICU, respiratory therapists work closely with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to ensure patients receive safe and effective care. Respiratory therapy may include treating diseases, infections, or viruses of the cardiopulmonary system, such as lung cancer, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and pneumonia. RTs may also provide life-saving care to trauma patients. National Respiratory Care Week is the perfect time to thank them for the vital role they play on the health care team.

Haywood Regional Medical Center wishes to recognize their dedicated team of respiratory therapists:

  • Lura (Beth) Boone 
  • Janice Boone
  • Michelle Pitts
  • Virginia (Tracy) Baker
  • Anita Cope
  • Bethany Cope
  • William (Justin) McEntire
  • Shane Sutton
  • Landen Stevenson
  • Patty Teague
  • Rebecca Isler (Billet)
  • Trudy Thomas
  • Robert Bibby
  • Sharon Davis

For more information, visit http://www.aarc.org or http://myhaywoodregional.com/.