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ARCF Receives Endowment from VIASYS Healthcare

Dallas, TX (May 7, 2001) -- The American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF) and VIASYS Healthcare* are pleased to announce the VIASYS Healthcare Fellowship for Neonatal & Pediatric Therapists.

This fellowship is designed to recognize outstanding original research in the field of neonatal and pediatric intensive care. Special focus will be on bench studies, clinical research studies, and other qualified studies that involve mechanical ventilation. Recipient will be selected by the ARCF Board of Trustees based on abstract submission (final deadline July 17, 2001).

The recipient of the VIASYS Healthcare Fellowship for Neonatal & Pediatric Therapists will be presented a $1,000 cash award, a plaque, registration and airfare to the American Association for Respiratory Care's (AARC) International Respiratory Congress and one night's lodging in the convention city. They will receive their cash prize and plaque at the 2001 AARC Congress Awards Ceremony, which will be held December 1-4 in San Antonio, Texas.

ARCF Chairman Mike Amato is very pleased with the new addition to the Foundation's line-up of respiratory therapy research awards. "As the respiratory therapy profession continues to grow, many therapists have devoted their careers to working with neonates and pediatric patients," he said. "It's time these therapists were encouraged to further advance their specialty field -- this fellowship does exactly that.

Amato said donors establish endowments with the ARCF to recognize achievements made by individuals working in specific areas of research. He said endowments not only encourage furthering education and research in the field of respiratory care but also bring recognition to the named donor supporting the respiratory profession.

"The Foundation, and most importantly the profession, is grateful to VIASYS Healthcare for its continued support of respiratory therapy," Amato continued. "We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with VIASYS. This corporate group and the Foundation's other industry partners make everything we do possible." he said.

If you would like more information on the ARCF awards program, visit our website at http://www.aarc.org/arcf/awards.html or call Diane Shearer at 972/243-2272.

The American Respiratory Care Foundation is dedicated to furthering the art, science, quality, and technology of respiratory care. It is a not-for-profit organization involved in supporting research, education, and charitable purposes. The Foundation seeks to ensure a better, healthier future for all by promoting quality treatment and prevention of a variety of respiratory and related diseases.

*Bear Medical Systems, Bird Products Corporation and SensorMedics Critical Care are subsidiaries of VIASYS Healthcare

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The American Respiratory Care Foundation is dedicated to furthering the art, science, quality, and technology of respiratory care. It is a non-profit organization involved in supporting research, education, and charitable purposes. The Foundation seeks to ensure a better, healthier future for all by promoting quality treatment and prevention of a variety of respiratory and related diseases.


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