Good Press: AARC Members in the News | June 2017

 Updated: May 2, 2017

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Marcela Spraul
Marcela Spraul
Keri Ohren
Keri Ohren
Janie Hall
Janie Hall
Steph Korynta
Steph Korynta
Becky Maruca
Becky Maruca
Jennifer Jackson-Stevens
Jennifer Jackson-Stevens
Randy Gideon
Randy Gideon
Michael McCartney
Michael McCartney
Sean Severson
Sean Severson

Marcela Spraul explains how she helped a young boy from her native Colombia travel to the U.S. for treatment at Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis in this video on the KMOV-TV website out of Missouri. The boy is the seventh child from Colombia she’s helped come to the U.S. “It’s wonderful to know that he’s going back with a wonderful quality of life,” she was quoted as saying.

Keri Ohren describes her pulmonary rehabilitation program as a “stepping stone” for patients in this article the West Central Tribune out of Willmar, MN. “It’s a monitored program to give them the confidence to be able to continue exercising,” she was quoted as saying. “We’re not going to cure their disease process, but we’re hoping to give them tips and techniques.”

Janie Hall was on a first date when the man fell to the floor at the restaurant where they were enjoying lunch. She sprang into action and ended up helping to save his life, and the story was widely reported in the media, including in this article in the Kansas City Star and this one on the People magazine website. “It was like a light switch,” she was quoted as saying. “One minute he was talking about family, and then he’s, like, dead. His body was as stiff as can be.”

Steph Korynta is recognized as her hospital’s Employee of the Month in this article in the Crookston, MN, Times. “I love my job and am very lucky to work beside such great people,” she was quoted as saying.

Becky Maruca, who works in a respiratory and occupational lung disease clinic, comments on her participation in a health fair sponsored by a local car dealership in this article and video on the WTOV-TV website out of Ohio. “Black lung is progressive and they’re finding worse cases as time goes on,” she was quoted as saying.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has reappointed Brett Stafford to his state’s Respiratory Care Advisory Committee, reports this article in the New Orleans Advocate. Brett was nominated by the LSRC.

Robert Noel is pictured helping a high school student test her lungs in this article in the Plattsburgh, NY, Press Republican. Said the student, “You got to experience what a smoker feels when they breathe after a number of years, which was pretty cool.”

Jennifer Jackson-Stevens is noted for receiving a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award in this article on the Northern Essex Community College website. Jennifer is credited with growing the stature of the RT program there since she came on board as coordinator in 2006.

Randy Gideon’s upcoming appearance on a local PBS show to talk about men’s health and sleep disorders is highlighted in this article on the KRSL-Radio website out of Kansas.

Michael McCartney’s successful DME business is covered in this article in HME News. “Other companies are trying to cut corners and save costs. I invest in my employees — I want them to stick around and be the experts when people come into the store,” he was quoted as saying.

Heidi Wilde recently went before her city council to talk about the health hazards of cigarette smoke, says the author of this letter to the editor in The Spectrum out of Nevada. Heidi reminded everyone in attendance of the consequences of breathing secondhand smoke.

Sean Severson makes the case for legislation aimed at curtailing smoking in his state in this editorial in the Minneapolis, MN, Post. “As a respiratory therapist at a large metro hospital for almost 10 years, I saw firsthand that cigarette smoking is still a big problem in Minnesota,” he writes. “Now is the right time to take further action to reduce tobacco smoking.”

Jamal Williams’ election to alderman on the city council in his community is covered in this article in Kendall County Now out of Illinois. He ran for the office on a platform calling for greater business development in his ward. “We just need the right people at the table to foster profitable agreements to allow and attract long-term relationships with potential clients,” he was quoted as saying.