Bradley Kuch, MHA, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Director, Respiratory Care Services and Transport
Member Since: 2004
Elections Committee Questions:
What AARC or Chartered Affiliate offices/positions have you held where you feel you made a significant contribution to our profession? What is the contribution and how will you apply it to your new position, if elected?
I was fortunate to be a Transport Respiratory Therapy representative for developing the “Considerations for the Utilization of Pediatric and Neonatal Specialty Teams” position statement of the Association of Air Medical Services. Approximately 70% of children undergoing transport receive respiratory interventions during transfer. Given this evidence, it’s essential that respiratory care be represented, ensuring critically ill receive appropriate evidence-based care.
As the AARC liaison to ELSO, I am honored to lead a committee of ELSO and AARC professionals addressing inconsistencies in state licensure and practice via a joint position statement. This will solidify the role of the Respiratory Therapist as ECMO Specialist.
Multidiscipline development of national guidelines creates values to the AARC’s external stakeholders. Through collaboration, the excellent work and knowledge found in the membership can be disseminated through other organizations, leading to decreased costs, risk of untoward events, and increase the quality of care.
What experience would you bring to the AARC to accomplish the goals set out by President Walsh?
Relationships, goal-setting, and follow-through are the keys to the success of any organization. Through various roles, both locally and nationally I have learned this to be true and enjoy partnering with Healthcare Leaders to grow the profession of Respiratory Care while striving to provide the highest quality of care for our patients. Using the skills and experience obtained as a Healthcare Leader, I would continue work with closely with President Walsh and the Board of Directors to understand the complex issues the profession faces, use Section Membership input to identify potential solutions, promote patient safety, and provide follow-up as indicated to internal and external stakeholders. These practices create relationships, which develop strong partnerships resulting in successful completion of large initiatives. Championing AARC Strategic Plan through communication and evidence-based practice will ensure that the organization meets overarching goals while ensuring the growth of the organization.
What ideas do you have to attract non-members to join the AARC?
The foundation of leadership is providing a voice to those with the greatest insight and knowledge, and then using that insight to create engagement and effect positive change. The AARC membership has been at the center of education and patient safety initiatives for over 70 years. If elected section chair, I would work to develop four section goals, 2 education and 2 patient safety-focused. These goals will be identified and voted on by the section members. Four committees will be created to address said goals. If elected, I will work with these subcommittees to meet deadlines, navigate issues, and help align efforts with the organization strategic plan. This transformational process will define important areas of focus to help achieve the Association’s Strategic Goals, it will also increase membership engagement, provide a voice to the section members, promote efficiency, and create value.
What do you see is your role in being a member of the AARC Board of Directors and what specific issues that face the profession now would you see as something you’d like the AARC BOD to work on?
It would be an enormous honor to be a member of the AARC Board of Directors, allowing for the opportunity to address multiple issues experienced by Respiratory Therapists throughout the country. As the Director of a Respiratory Care Service line, I see the many challenges we face every day. Respiratory Therapists are integral members of the care team, which is very evident in the neonatal pediatric patient populations. I would like to see the AARC address the need for increased growth and use of Respiratory Therapists in the care continuum. There’s a significant need for the skill set held by Respiratory Therapists in patient education, care and discharge planning, and the homecare environment. We as respiratory therapists can decrease readmission rates, promote better quality of life, and increase the clinical care for infants and children. This creates significant value of the Respiratory Therapist in their individual hospitals and nationally.