First Ever Vent 5K is a Winner for UMMC
December 22, 2010
AARC members from the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) decided to host an American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF) Ventilator 5K competition for the first time during National Respiratory Care Week this year, thinking it would be a fun addition to their other RC Week activities, which included a bake sale that raised $700 to send kids to asthma camp.
Little did they know that just a couple of months later they’d be in the winner’s circle at the AARC International Respiratory Congress in Las Vegas, accepting an oversized check from Dräger for a brand new ventilator for winning the 2010 competition. Overall the UMMC Vent 5K raised $1800, which, like all of the funds raised during Vent 5Ks this year, went to the ARCF to be allocated back to communities around the country to support local lung health programs.
Organized by UMMC RTs Jeff Ford and Maria Madden, the winning Vent 5K included teams of respiratory therapists from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Frederick Memorial Hospital, along with a UMMC Dräger team and UMMC Servo team. The event took place on an indoor track, with the teams pushing their vents—all of which were donated by the vendors and were either demos and/or inoperable—at top speed while spectators cheered them on.
The teams from Upper Chesapeake and Frederick decked their ventilators out in great costumes too, with a Big Chicken and Wizard of Oz theme, respectively.
“After the race, prizes were awarded to the participating teams for first, second, and third place, as well as ‘Best Dressed’ ventilator,” says Madden, who works as the trauma clinical coordinator in UMMC respiratory care services. The Big Chicken ended up beating the Wizard of Oz by just a hair in the “Best Dressed” category.
The group filmed the competition, and you can see how it all played out in this YouTube video.