Good Press: AARC Members in the News

 Updated: December 1, 2015

Good Press: AARC Members in the News spotlights AARC members who have recently been featured in the news.

Wes Phy comments on a new bachelor’s degree program for RTs in this article in the University of Southern Indiana Shield. “Respiratory therapy really is a broad field,” he was quoted as saying, “so we mandate that every student completing the four year program really knows their stuff.”

Midge Seim AARC Parkland College Prospectus News Midge Seim talks about the profession in the Parkland College Prospectus News

Midge Seim talks about the profession in this article in the Parkland College Prospectus News covering the open house she and her students held in honor of RC Week. “The respiratory therapist is there quietly to make sure the patient has the best quality of life they can have, in spite of having a chronic illness,” she was quoted as saying.

YSUKarissa Kuneli, Kelly Colwell and Mary Yacovone

Youngstown State University student Karissa Kuneli is noted for receiving scholarships from the ARCF and Ohio Society for Respiratory Care (OSRC) in this article in the Youngstown, OH, Vindicator. Faculty members Kelly Colwell and Mary Yacovone garner kudos too, Kelly for a postgrad scholarship he received from the ARCF and Mary for being honored as the OSRC Education Practitioner of the Year.

This article in the Sacramento, CA, Bee about the new law in California allowing bachelor’s degrees to be offered at community colleges zeroes in on the RT program being launched at Modesto Junior College, and Bonnie Hunt, Emily Littleton, and Bree Nance comment. “The first day that it was announced on the news, we had so many calls that we had to develop a link on the website so frequently asked questions could be answered,” Bonnie was quoted as saying.

Brenda Basnight talks about the profession in this article on the NBC-TV website out of Montgomery, AL. Written in honor of RC Week, the article quotes Brenda as saying, “We are the first ones they call when things go wrong.”

This article in the Memphis, TN, Democrat also targets RC Week by recognizing Amy Burton, Tracy Simpson, and their co-workers at Scotland County Hospital.

Kim Hehman offers her perspective on e-cigarettes in this article in the Columbus, OH, Dispatch, noting she hasn’t met a smoker yet who was able to successfully quit smoking using one of the devices.

AnnMarie DeMerchant writes about COPD in this article in the Norwich, CT, Bulletin, with an emphasis on the need for people with the condition to quit smoking. “It’s best to quit early in life but even someone who quits later in life will improve their health,” noted the therapist.

Lisa Newcomer has just taken on a new position as service line director for cancer services at her hospital and the job is announced in this article in the Southeast Missourian. Lisa will continue to serve as service line director of pulmonary and sleep medicine as well.