Brian Andrews explains how his Better Breathers Club is helping a 97-year-old World War II vet cope with his congestive heart failure in this article and video on the ABC-TV website out of Dallas, TX. “He’s in here Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,” Brian was quoted as saying.
Larry Sylvester is pictured helping a double-lung transplant patient in her recovery in this article in The Missourian. The woman, who suffers from severe COPD, sends kudos to her entire health care team. “Sometimes I feel like I’m their only patient because everybody is so focused on me,” she was quoted as saying.
Mary Grotkowski is noted as the contact person for nicotine and smoking cessation services at her hospital in this article and video on YourErie.com out of Pennsylvania. The story ran in honor of World COPD Day.
Leah Hendricks is profiled in this article in the Crookston, MN, Times for receiving her hospital’s Employee of the Month award. “I am fortunate to work with so many wonderful people who make me want to be a better therapist,” she was quoted as saying. “Each day, I strive to give our patients the best possible care, after all, they are the reason we are here.”
Mike Shoemaker addresses health concerns in his community arising from wildfires in the area in this article and video on the CBS-TV website out of South Carolina. “Honestly anyone right now is going to experience some irritation from what’s going on out there,” he was quoted as saying.
Carmen Walser explains why she called three of her pulmonary rehabilitation patients and told them to stay home during a Code Red air quality warning precipitated by smoke flowing into her area in this article in the Charlotte, NC, Observer. “You want them to embrace the exercise, but today the benefits would be outweighed by breathing in the smoke,” she was quoted as saying.
Local wildfires made Kelli Mock the go-to person for information on dealing with the smoke in this article and video on the NBC-TV website out of Augusta, GA. “The greatest advice I could give is to stay indoors,” she was quoted as saying. “Do not go outside. Avoid the smoke because it will trigger breathing issues.”
Ronda Rosenquist and Dana Coberly are featured along with a number of their pulmonary rehabilitation patients in this photo in the Clay Center, KS, Dispatch. The group got together to mark National COPD Awareness Month.
Sam Connon’s upcoming class for people trying to quit smoking is covered in this article in the Midland, MI, Daily News. Titled “Why it is hard to quit,” the program is aimed at helping participants develop a personal quit plan.
Debra Uhlenbrauck talks about the informational booth on COPD set up by her hospital on World COPD Day in this article and video on the NBC-TV website out of Upper Michigan. “A lot of people probably say that, because of their cough and being short of breath, they’re just getting old, and that’s not true,” she was quoted as saying. “It’s a disease process, a very real disease process.”
Darcy Ellefson promotes the Great American Smokeout with a demonstration involving healthy and smoker’s lungs in this article and video on the NBC-TV website out of South Dakota. “We really want to encourage people today or any day, that you can quit smoking — if you can do it for one day, you can do it for the rest of your life,” she told the reporter.
Jessica MacDougall talks about her husband’s battle with what they now know is brain cancer in this article in The Columbian out of Oregon. He’s an Iraq war vet who was just about to begin work as a paramedic when the tumor struck. Jessica recently won the Legacy Mount Hood RT of the Year award for the outstanding service she provides in her hospital.