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Good Press: AARC Members in the News

January 26, 2009

We have another great list of newsmakers to share—

Karen Schell

Dr. James K. Stoller

Melissa Pendergrast

Catherine Sullivan

Dian Slavens

John W. Walsh

Jennifer Freeman

Teena Culhane

Mark Carey

David Karari

  • Robert Gulley is noted for leading smoking cessation classes in this article in the Albany, OR, Democrat Herald.

  • Karen Schell receives kudos for winning the AARC’s 2008 Delegate of the Year Award in this article in the Emporia, KS, Gazette. Karen was presented with the award at the AARC Congress in Anaheim last December.

  • Tim J. Good responds to a recent article on home oxygen providers in this letter to the editor in the Lancaster, OH, Eagle Gazette, noting the article painted an unfair picture of oxygen providers. “All of the local providers are family owned businesses with roots in professional health care such as pharmacy or respiratory therapy,” he was quoted as saying. “Their vision has always been to provide quality medical equipment and service as an integral component of the health care community.”

  • David Bearden comments on one of his therapists who recently received a Hospital Heroes award in this article in the Gadsden, AL, Times.

  • Dr. James K. Stoller is noted for joining a pharmaceutical company scientific advisory board in this press release. Dr. Stoller heads up respiratory therapy at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.

  • Melissa Pendergrast is featured for taking part in a statewide weight loss program in this article in the Florence, AL, Times Daily. “I feel so much better when I’ve lost the extra weight,” she was quoted as saying, “and I want that to be an encouragement to others.”

  • Catherine Sullivan comments on the purchase of new monitors for her hospital’s NICU in this article in the Lower Hudson News out of West Harrison, NY, noting they will provide more accurate information on how well infants are breathing.

  • Danita Turner emphasizes the quality of service available at a new location of her sleep center in this article in the Gwinnett Herald out of Duluth, GA. “Our physicians have extensive training in sleep medicine,” she was quoted as saying. “Our staff of polysomnographic (sleep) technologists is credentialed in both sleep and respiratory therapy.”

  • Ann Parker was on hand at the recent Obama inauguration and shares her feelings about the big day in this article in the Baltimore, MD, Sun. She gave up an annual trip to Las Vegas to brave the cold in Washington, DC, instead, noting, “His winning the election means that America can make changes. It shows the world that America can adapt to change.”

  • Recently seated Michigan state representative Dian Slavens emphasizes her professional background in this article in the Detroit, MI, News. “I really want to work on the smoking ban,” she was quoted as saying. “I’m a respiratory therapist.”

  • John W. Walsh talks about a new program from the COPD Foundation called “Celebrate Life’s Moments: Share Your COPD Story” in this article in the Foster Folly News out of Washington County, FL. (You can learn more about the program and listen to some stories that have already been shared here.)

  • Jennifer Freeman is noted as the unit manager for a new respiratory care unit specializing in ventilator care in this article on the KIVI-TV Web site out of Boise, ID.

  • Teena Culhane is featured in two great stories. this article in the Detroit, MI, News is based on her seven tips for keeping your lungs healthy. This video on the WXYZ-TV Web site features the RT talking about how to manage respiratory conditions in cold weather conditions.

  • Mark Carey is noted for winning the American Lung Association’s National Volunteer Excellence Award in this article in the Orlando, FL, Business Journal. Mark is a long-time volunteer with the ALA’s Open Airways for Schools program.

  • David Karari, who hails from Kenya, shares his thoughts on the Obama inauguration in this article in the Salem, NJ, Today’s Sunbeam. (We’ll have more on David and how he ended up studying respiratory care here in the U.S. in an upcoming issue of AARC Times.)

  • And lastly, we have our first Good Press of the year for a facility earning the AARC’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition. The O.E. Myer Company receives kudos in this article in the Sandusky, OH, News-Messenger. Open enrollment/recertification in the QRCR program is going on now until March 31, so apply today and start receiving Good Press of your own!

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