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Good Press: AARC Members in the News

April 09, 2009

We have another great list of newsmakers to share —

Carol-Aynn Knott

Ray Hernandez

Gretchen May-Fendo

Paul Sherman

John Darin

  • Carol-Aynn Knott comments on CPAP therapy for sleep disorders in this article on out of Rochester, NY, noting the treatment can be hard to get used to, but is worth the effort. “I have seen such improvement in the quality of life for many patients,” she was quoted as saying. “I always try to stress that when someone is just getting started.”
  • Teresa Martens explains how pulmonary rehabilitation can benefit chronic lung disease patients in this article in the Fort Morgan, CO, Times. The story was published during National Pulmonary Rehab Week.
  • Margaret Chaika receives kudos for being named the AARC Continuing Care-Rehabilitation Section Specialty Practitioner of the Year in this article in the Fremont, CA, Argus. "Receiving a prestigious award from colleagues in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation is a great honor," she was quoted as saying.
  • Ray Hernandez is noted for speaking on state-of-the-art laboratories in the new Science & Allied Health building on his college campus in this article in the San Mateo, CA, County Times.
  • Gretchen May-Fendo says the recent hike in the cigarette tax might be just enough to spur people to kick the habit in this article in the Connecticut Post. "Sometimes people finally say 'Enough is enough,'" she was quoted as saying.
  • Paul Sherman is featured in this press release for traveling to Washington, DC, with the AARC PACT in March to educate members of Congress about the AARC’s Medicare Respiratory Therapy Initiative. The press release was issued by the California Society for Respiratory Care.
  • We were especially glad to see this article in the Harrisburg, PA, Patriot-News noting the return of Debra Morrison’s 1-year-old goldendoodle, Monroe. The good news comes on the heels of previous news reports detailing an attack on Debra that resulted in the temporary loss of the pooch. Luckily, Debra was not hurt, and now Monroe is safe and sound back at home as well.
  • Anthony Santillan and Eric Olsen are featured in this article in the Riverside, CA, Press-Enterprise about using human patient simulators to train health care students. The two are currently enrolled in the RT program at Crafton Hills College.
  • John Darin is noted for leading a discussion on pulmonary health and rehabilitation in this article in the Royal Oak, MI, Mirror. “I had 7 wonderful senior ladies attend, and it went very well, with many educational materials, and screening testing,” John told us after the session, emphasizing the size of the group isn’t as important as the information provided. “We do what we can, one set of lungs at a time.”
  • Randy Baker comments on his school bus exhaust study in this article in the Atlanta, GA, Journal Constitution. “Parents need to be aware that the bus exhaust can cause some problems, or make their child’s asthma worse,” he was quoted as saying.

And two more hospitals receive great press for earning the AARC’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

  • Morehead Memorial Hospital in this article in the Greensboro, NC, News Record. Department Director Cindy Johnson spoke on behalf of her entire department when she was quoted as saying, “Our respiratory therapists take great pride in earning national recognition for the quality care they deliver every day.”
  • Provena Mercy Medical Center in this article in the Aurora, IL, Beacon News.
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