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December 17, 2009

Dr. Tom Petty Passes Away
AARC members across the nation are mourning the death of Dr. Tom Petty, who passed away last Saturday following a long illness. Dr. Petty is being remembered for his pioneering work in pulmonary rehabilitation, long term oxygen therapy, ARDS, and more. He is also being celebrated as one of the most prolific patient advocates the profession has ever seen.

There are 30% More Respiratory Therapists Than in the Year 2000!
The AARC surveyed the respiratory care profession in 2009 on everything from demographics to wages to procedures. The resulting study about growth, salaries and more is now available with the AARC 2009 Respiratory Therapist Human Resources Study. For details, visit the online AARC Respiratory Catalog.

Military Members Honor Dr. Bird at Congress
The Awards Ceremony at the AARC Congress featured a moving tribute to Dr. Forrest Bird, and now you can watch it online. Click on the link to see how our military members honored this living legend in the respiratory care profession.

Submit a Proposal by Jan. 15
Proposals for lectures and symposia for the 56th International Respiratory Congress are now being accepted. Submit by Jan. 15.

Need End of Year CRCEs?
If you’re looking for end of year CRCEs to support your state license, look no further than the AARC. Here are a few great options you can take advantage of right online:

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