Anne Dorney Koppel to Deliver Keynote Address at AARC Congress 2011
TX (October 6, 2011)
Grace Anne Dorney Koppel will
deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremonies of the 57th International
Respiratory Convention & Exhibition in Tampa , FL , on Nov. 5.
A COPD patient and spokesperson
for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's Learn More Breathe
Better campaign, Koppel will share her own journey with COPD from her
diagnosis in 2001 when doctors told her she might have only a few more
years to live, through her determination to learn more about the condition
and how pulmonary rehabilitation gave her a second lease on life.
She'll also cover her advocacy
efforts within the COPD community and what she believes must be done
to raise awareness of the condition and support increased funding for
research and treatment.
In addition to her work with
the Learn More Breathe Better campaign, Koppel funded the Grace Ann
Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at St. Mary's Hospital
in Leonardtown , MD , in early 2010. The center is the first of what
she and her husband, former ABC Nightline anchor Ted Koppel, hope will
be several around the country aimed at bringing pulmonary rehabilitation
to an underserved community.
A graduate of Fordham University
, Stanford University , and Georgetown Law, Koppel is a practicing attorney
in Potomac, MD. She also serves as business manager for her husband.
AARC Congress 2011 will take
place from Nov. 5-8 and is expected to attract more than 5,000 respiratory
therapists and other health care professionals from across the country
and around the world who will gather for presentations on the latest
in respiratory care, original research in 20 Open Forums, and the largest
Exhibit Hall in the profession.
For more information about the
meeting, visit www.AARC.Org .
About the AARC
The American Association for
Respiratory Care, headquartered in Dallas , is a professional association
of respiratory therapists that focuses primarily on respiratory therapy
education and research. The organization's goals are to ensure that
respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified
professionals as well as supporting respiratory health care providers.
The association continues to advocate on behalf of pulmonary patients
for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified
professionals. Further info rmation about the AARC and how to become
a respiratory therapist are available at www.AARC.org