AARC Congress 2012 Gazette
for Saturday, November 10

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Top performers receive awards

2012 Specialty Practitioners of the Year

The following top performers in the AARC, NBRC, and CoARC received awards during this morning’s awards ceremony. Please join us in congratulating them on their well-deserved honors.

  • Jimmy A. Young Medal: Bruce K. Rubin MD MEngr MBA FRCPC FAARC
  • NBRC/AMP William W. Burgin Jr. MD Education Recognition Award: Adriana Cheteles
  • William F. Miller MD Postgraduate Education Recognition Award: Bryan A. Wattier BA RRT
  • NBRC/AMP Gareth B. Gish MS RRT Memorial Postgraduate Education Recognition Award: Matthew Trojanowski BA RRT
  • Morton B. Duggan, Jr., Memorial Education Recognition Award: Claudia Ramos
  • Jimmy A. Young Memorial Education Recognition Award: Janet J. Vadakkan BS
  • Charles W. Serby COPD Research Fellowship: Alexandros G. Mathioudakis MD
  • Monaghan/Trudell Fellowship for Aerosol Technique Development: Jinxiang Xi PhD
  • Philips Respironics Fellowship in Non-Invasive Respiratory Care: Patricia A. Achuff MBA RRT-NPS
  • Philips Respironics Fellowship in Mechanical Ventilation: Anna C. Braga MSc PT
  • CareFusion Fellowship for Neonatal and Pediatric Therapists: Christine N. Kearney BS RRT
  • Forrest M. Bird Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award: Patrick Dunne MEd RRT FAARC
  • Dr. Charles H. Hudson Award for Cardiopulmonary Public Health: Melaine Giordano MSc RN CPFT
  • Thomas L. Petty MD Invacare Award for Excellence in Home Respiratory Care: Linda A. Smith BS RRT FAARC
  • Mike West MBA RRT Patient Education Achievement Award: Mike West MBA RRT
  • Ikaria Best Paper Award by Best First Author: Robert F. Wolken RRT, Russell J. Woodruff RRT, Jan Smith RN, Richard K. Albert MD, Ivor S. Douglas MD
  • Dr. Allen DeVilbiss Best Paper Award: Jeffrey M. Haynes RRT RPFT
  • Albert H. Andrews Jr. MD Memorial Award: Kent L. Christopher MD RRT FAARC
  • Dr. Ralph L. Kendall Outstanding Site Visitor Award: Phyllis Brunner BS RRT CPFT
  • Héctor León Garza MD Achievement Award for Excellence in International Respiratory Care: Saverio P. Giordano MBA RRT FAARC
  • International Fellows: Audrey Forson MB ChB FWACP MSc, Raul Castro Garcia CRT, Job Joseph MD, Ling Liu MD, Manling Liu MD, Anitha Nileshwar MD, Sanihe Ugurlu MSci PT
  • Specialty Practitioners of the Year: Adult Acute Care, Eric Kriner BS RRT; Continuing Care/Rehabilitation, Arianna Villa BS RRT; Diagnostics, Mary Lackey RRT CPFT; Education, Douglas Gardenhire EdD RRT-NPS; Long Term Care, Yolanda Petty RRT; Management, Bill Roberts BA RRT; Neonatal-Pediatrics, Robert DiBlasi BSRT RRT-NPS FAARC; Sleep, Karla Smith BS RRT RPSGT; Surface & Air Transport, Richard Mitchell RRT-NPS
  • Zenith Awards: Boehringer Ingelheim, Covidien, Draeger, Fisher & Paykel, Philips Respironics, Teleflex
  • Honorary Membership: Miriam A. O’Day
  • Life Memberships: Richard M. Ford BS RRT FAARC, Timothy R. Myers MBA RRT-NPS
  • AARC Fellows: Lonny J. Ashworth MEd RRT, Ellen A. Becker PhD RRT-NPS RPFT, Celeste Belyea RRT RN AE-C CPFT, Louis J. Boitano RRT RPFT, Ronda Zinser Bradley MS RRT, Joel M. Brown II BS RRT, Thomas J. Cahill BS RRT-NPS EMT-P, Larry H. Conway BS RRT LRCP, Michael P. Czervinske RRT-NPS, Robert R. Demers BS RRT, Marie A. Fenske EdD RRT, Debra J. Fox MBA RRT-NPS, Douglas S. Gardenhire EdD RRT-NPS, James E. Ginda MA RRT AE-C, Lee Guion MA RRT, Brent D. Kenney BSRT RRT, Debbie Koehl MS RRT-NPS AE-C, Douglas S. Laher MBA RRT, David C. Lain RRT FCCP, Thomas R. Lamphere BS RRT RPFT, Jim Lanoha RRT, Hui-Ling Lin MS RRT RN, Gary L. Lynch RRT, Robert W. Messenger BS RRT CPFT, Timothy R. Myers MBA RRT-NPS, Peter J. Papadakos MD FCCP FCCM, Jan Phillips-Clar BS RRT, William C. Pruitt MBA RRT CPFT, Dario Rodriquez Jr. BS RRT, Bruce Toben RRT-NPS CPFT, Sheri L. Tooley BSRT RRT-NPS CPFT, Margaret L. Trumpp MEd RRT AE-C

Next year, it could be you!

Congress attendees watched as their colleagues collected prestigious awards for their scholarship, research, and more this morning during the awards ceremony. Next year you could be the one up on stage—but it all starts with a review of the awards issued every year by the American Respiratory Care Foundation.

So click over to see what’s available, and if you think you might be eligible, consider applying. Application deadlines and requirements vary according to award category.

“FAARC” honors outstanding members of the profession

2012 FAARC Recipients

The AARC bestows the “Fellow of the American Respiratory Care Association,” or “FAARC,” designation on AARC members who have excelled in some aspect of the profession. This year we are pleased to add another 32 outstanding professionals to the list:

Lonny J. Ashworth MEd RRT
Ellen A. Becker PhD RRT-NPS RPFT
Celeste Belyea RRT RN AE-C
Louis J. Boitano RRT RPFT
Ronda Zinser Bradley MS RRT
Joel M. Brown II BS RRT
Thomas J. Cahill BS RRT-NPS EMT-P
Larry H. Conway BS RRT LRCP
Michael P. Czervinske RRT-NPS
Robert R. Demers BS RRT
Marie A. Fenske EdD RRT
Debra J. Fox MBA RRT-NPS
Douglas S. Gardenhire EdD RRT-NPS
James E. Ginda MA RRT AE-C
Lee Guion MA RRT
Brent D. Kenney BSRT RRT
Debbie Koehl MS RRT-NPS AE-C
Douglas S. Laher MBA RRT
David C. Lain RRT FCCP
Thomas R. Lamphere BS RRT RPFT
Jim Lanoha RRT
Hui-Ling Lin MS RRT RN
Gary L. Lynch RRT
Robert W. Messenger BS RRT CPFT
Timothy R. Myers MBA RRT-NPS
Peter J. Papadakos MD FCCP FCCM
Jan Phillips-Clar BS RRT
William C. Pruitt MBA RRT CPFT
Dario Rodriquez Jr. BS RRT
Bruce Toben RRT-NPS CPFT
Margaret L. Trumpp MEd RRT AE-C

If you would like to nominate a peer for a 2013 FAARC, go to our Criteria and Rules for AARC Fellowship page to read the detailed nomination requirements.

Jimmy A. Young Medal goes to “honorary RT”

2012 Jimmy A. Young Award

The annual awards ceremony concluded this morning with the presentation of our Association’s highest honor, the Jimmy A. Young Medal. This year’s award went to a gentleman who many believe is as close to being a respiratory therapist as a person could ever be without actually going through respiratory therapy school.

Bruce K. Rubin MEngr MD MBA FRCPC FAARC started out as a biomedical engineer and added a medical degree from Tulane University to his arsenal after working closely with physicians on several projects. His path to respiratory care was solidified during a stint as a Rhodes Scholar and research fellow in pediatric bioengineering at Oxford University in England.

“I was working in the biomedical engineering unit of the department of pediatrics at Oxford University John Radcliffe Hospital at a time when mechanical ventilation was just being introduced for premature babies,” he recalls. “I was developing algorithms for feedback loop control of mechanical ventilation based upon transcutaneous oxygen and CO2 measurements.”

The idea of a microprocessor-controlled neonatal ventilator was ahead of its time—indeed, much of Dr. Rubin’s original work has only recently made its way into the mainstream—but the experience set the stage for what would be a career-long exploration into key respiratory parameters such as aerosol therapy, airway mucus secretion and clearance, and secretory hyperresponsiveness disorders, including middle lobe syndrome and plastic bronchitis.

Dr. Rubin has hundreds of scientific publications to his credit, but when asked to point to his most significant investigations, cites his work with a substance that could only be near and dear to the heart of a true RT: mucus. His studies of mucus in cystic fibrosis, mucus in plastic bronchitis, mucus in immunomodulation, and mucus in ciliated cells have added immeasurable value to the scientific record and, most importantly, to the care of patients with pulmonary conditions.

You can read much more about Dr. Rubin and his long career—including how, when, where, and why he became such a big supporter of RTs and the respiratory care profession, in the September issue of AARC Times.

AARC congratulates 2013 Corporate Partners

The AARC congratulates its 2013 Corporate Partners: CareFusion, Masimo, Covidien, Monaghan, Philips Respironics, Draeger, GE Healthcare, Maquet, Tri-anim, Teleflex, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, and Forest Laboratories.

All of these companies comprise best-in-class organizations interested in supporting the goals and work of the Association. The program provides respiratory care providers with information, insights, and innovative approaches to improve performance and advance the health of their patients.

If you’re in New Orleans this week, please be sure to stop by their booths as you visit the AARC Exhibit Hall to express your appreciation for their support of the respiratory care profession.

Opening Reception tonight!

Opening Reception

Congress attendees will have had a very long day by the time evening rolls around tonight, but we have a great way for them to unwind. The Opening Reception hosted by Drager promises complimentary snacks and drinks, plus wonderful entertainment by The Blebs. So if you’re in New Orleans, don’t miss this opportunity to discuss the day’s events with your colleagues in respiratory care in a fun and relaxing setting. The reception begins at 7:30 in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street.

Shuttle buses will run to and from the New Orleans Marriott. Check the meter boards by the entrance of the convention center and at each hotel for pick-up times.

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