The National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award is the only nationally-recognized advocacy program dedicated to honoring outstanding registered respiratory therapists nominated by leadership.
Through a collaboration of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and The FACES Foundation (Family & Caregiver Education & Support), the award commemorates a vital member of the health care team: the respiratory therapist. This excellent professional appreciates the “individual” instead of the “patient” and is dedicated to the principle that every breath matters.
“We often think that an ‘advocate’ is somebody storming the capital in Washington, D.C. In reality, an advocate takes time to answer questions, educate on proper breathing techniques, pushes patients forward, does basic therapies to the best of their ability and offers training.” –Christine Hartling, MHM, RRT, RRT-NPS, 2017 National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award Recipient
“Every patient deserves care and someone to advocate for them. No matter where you work or what your role is, the patient is the core of all we do. And they should be treated as the most important part of our roles.” – Tonya Loftin, RRT, 2018 National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award Recipient
“Build trust when working with your patients and their family members. Allow them to share their stories and listen to details within the conversation.” – Kayelene Horne, BSRT, RRT-NPS, RCP, AE-C, 2019 National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award Recipient
“Every patient has a story and a life on the other side of this current encounter. Acknowledging that fact let’s them know that we see and respect them as individuals and not just the conditions we are treating. Calming, encouraging, motivating and providing service excellence are all a part of advocating for our patients. This is not only book knowledge, it is humanity.” – Theresa Fountain, RRT, 2020 National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award Recipient
Nominations come from facilities where registered respiratory therapists are actively engaged as a champion of patient and family-centered care.