Director of Respiratory Care Services and Sleep Disorders Center
Grandview Medical Center
Member Since: 2005
House of Delegates Activities:
Elections Committee Questions:
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the profession of respiratory care, and what do you recommend the ARC do to address it?
Focus on Inclusion: Establishing new partnerships, special programs, or communication platforms, to develop specific activities that reach out and engage underrepresented populations in current membership by age, gender, race, or geographic location.
Healthcare is changing more rapidly than ever. What ideas do you have to help today’s respiratory therapist meet these changes?
Maintain transparency: Communicating the AARC’s important works and the trends in the RT profession to strengthen the position of the AARC, the RT profession, and Stakeholders.
Your role as Director-at Large is to represent the general AARC membership. If given the opportunity to represent, how would you use your skills and experience to advance and advocate for the respiratory care profession?
Healthcare is a mission-based profession, meaning that we each had a reason for choosing this career. There was someone we wanted to serve, or some setting or client population for which we wanted to make a difference.
That being said, when we consider advocacy, we do not often think about our mission for our profession. Concerns such as parity (being paid at the same rate as other health professionals with comparable training), public recognition, accurate representation of our profession, and employment opportunities are important if we are to practice our craft. We must know and promote our worth and recognize that if we are not strong and healthy as a profession, we cannot help others. Therefore, professional advocacy must be a top priority.