As 2016 winds down, AARC President Brian Walsh, PHD, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, RPFT, FAARC, is ramping up efforts to renew the AARC’s focus on quality, safety, and value in 2017.
His goals for his two-year term in office, which kicked off during AARC Congress 2016 in San Antonio last month, are heavily based on these three concepts and run the gamut from advancing our entry level education requirement to the bachelor’s degree to promoting greater access to respiratory therapists in all care settings.
Dr. Walsh sat down with AARC-TV’s Ed Heiland in the Big Ideas Theater at the Congress to discuss his goals and what he believes they will mean to respiratory therapists and the patients who depend on their care.
“One of the things I’m trying to do is narrow down the focus a little bit. So often we want to boil the ocean, if you will, about some of our initiatives,” he told Heiland. “When it comes to value, having respiratory therapists be a valuable part of the health care system is paramount. It’s something that we need to continue to work on.”
Look for more on Brian Walsh’s vision for his two year term of office in an in-depth interview coming up in your January AARC Times.