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  • Bill Farnham Susan Parsons-Hunter, MBA, RRT April 22, 2024

    Bill FarnhamThe TSRC has lost a treasure. We have also lost a friend and mentor. Bill Farnham passed on April 20th. Bill served our board for many many years!! Not sure really when he started, but I would bet Tammy could tell us this. He served at the Smoky Mountain Chapter level and worked his way to State President and of course served as Parliamentarian for many years for us. We could always rely on his wisdom and how best to navigate some serious situations through our years together. He was a great friend and colleague and I never knew him to miss a board meeting with us unless his health got in the way. He was very instrumental in getting Mike Bianchi for us and worked with him diligently in getting our website set up. Bill also brought us the Survey Monkey process for some of our elections and our Zoom meetings. Bill brought us Constant Contact and conference call arrangements. He was always ready to assist this board in any way that he could. Bill stood on great values and morals and if he said it, you could believe it. He even helped us with our strategery ( no, that is not misspelled) Bill called TSRC Strategic planning … Strategery! What a great sense of humor he had!! Bill also assisted Tammy in updating Bylaws that we had to send to AARC (twice now), and updating the P & P manual. Bill was not shy to state his opinion and was well respected for it. SO……We must help his legend live on!!

    Bill’s obituary can be found on Legacy at https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/legacyremembers/bill-farnham-obituary?id=54926294.

  • TSRC 2024 State Convention Susan Parsons-Hunter, MBA, RRT April 15, 2024
    (TSRC 2024 State Convention Photos)

    Our 2024 TSRC conference was held on April 8 & 9. We had over 200 people to attend including participants, students from 4 schools and vendors. The four schools represented was Baptist Health Sciences University -Memphis, Concorde Career College – Memphis, Jackson State Community College, and Columbia State Community College. Great fun for all. The Whispering Woods Hotel & Conference Center was a wonderful venue for our Conf. The food was great, and the service was outstanding! We had 20 lectures offering 12 CEUs to every participant over the two days. Mr. Patrick Dunne, 1991 AARC President, was the keynote speaker and provided two lectures for us, one on safety and the other on reimagining Resp. Care going forward. We also had Mrs. Melanie Thomas, NBRC Sr. Vice President, to educate the group on changes coming in 2027 for the test. The Clinical Simulation exam and written exam will be combined into one exam in 2027 and will be called the Respiratory Therapy Examination. This exam will be 160 scored multiple choice questions and will be given in a 4-hour block with two hours at a time and 10-minute break in between. This exam will have two cut scores with one for CRT and higher cut score for RRT. Our keynote speaker on Tuesday was Tim Hayes, an attorney with Harris – Shelton Law Firm, and he educated the group on depositions. Very useful information for all. We had Monaghan Medical, Mid-South Transplant Foundation, NBRC, Vero Bio Tech, Vyaire & Zopec Medical provide speakers for our conference. We appreciate all the vendor support.

    On Monday, April 8, during our lunch, participants with solar glasses went outside to observe the beginnings of the solar eclipse. Olive Branch had about 90% totality around 1:57pm and the two lecturers allowed the group to take a quick break to see this amazing event.

    The annual business meeting was held on Monday morning and the 2024 officers were sworn in to carry out the responsibilities for TSRC in 2024 – 2025 year. We also had a great Sputum Bowl Competition. Michelle Hadley, TSRC Education Chair, did a great job organizing the competition. Dr. William Phillips, TSRC Delegate, did a great job moderating the event. The three competing teams were Columbia State, Concorde, and Jackson State. Jackson State won the competition. Everyone had great fun!

    At the awards ceremony on Tuesday morning Ms. Kira Anderson from West TN was awarded Outstanding State Contributor for her work and support of the TSRC and community. Dr. William Phillips was awarded Distinguished Service for his outstanding work with the TSRC board and events of the Board. Ms. Sheila Hayes, Sales Specialist for Monaghan Medical was awarded the 2024 Vendor of the Year.

    We had great vendor support from the following vendors: Aerogen, Airgas, Ambu, Fisher & Paykel, Getinge, Hamilton Medical, Intersurgical, Linde, Medical Specialities, MGC Diagnostics, Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Monaghan, Nova Biomedical, Radiometer, Siemens, Tactile Medical, Theravance Biopharma, Vapotherm, Verathon, Vero Bio Tech, Vyaire, Werfen, Zopec Medical. TSRC Foundation and TSRC! We also had a table for AARC/TSRC to gain new members. As participants made their rounds through the vendor halls and gained initials on their vendor bingo cards, drawings were done from these cards and prizes were given. Gift cards, Baskets, and a hotel stay were among the prizes.

    If you were not able to come this year, please go ahead and SAVE THE DATE for Thursday March 20, & Friday, March 21, 2025, for Gatlinburg, TN. We will have our TSRC state conference in the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This is the same place we had the 2019 conference. SAVE THE DATE!! We look forward to seeing you in Gatlinburg! Watch this website for more information!

  • TSRC at the 2023 AARC Congress Susan Parsons-Hunter, MBA, RRT November 10, 2023

    Prior to the 2023 AARC Congress, the TSRC facilitated a riverboat cruise for the AARC House of Delegates, and AARC officers on the General Jackson riverboat. Over 100 people participated in the cruise.

    Highlights from the 2023 AARC Congress

    More than 4,000 RT’s from across the country and around the world attended the 2023 AARC Congress in Nashville. The TSRC was provided a booth at the AARC Congress and we sold T-shirts, Lunch bags, Magnets, and Masks to raise money for our organization. Also two tickets to NASCAR Spring Nationals in Bristol, TN, were donated by the Northeast Chapter of the TSRC. Chances were purchased to win the tickets. An RT from San Diego won the tickets! He was very excited and thankful to the TSRC.

    The AARC updated on compact licensure. The legislative template is being built for Michigan. Then others can use this to gain compact licensure for their states. This is about a two year process before it is operationalized.

    Exhibit hall was amazing! Some of the vendors at Congress have agreed to come to our state conference and have a booth.

    Sputum bowl winners were students from Collin College in Texas and the CEO of Aerogen awarded them with a trip to Ireland!!

    Summer Forum will be held in Snowbird Utah July 14 – 16, 2024
    AARC Congress will be held in Orlando, Florida Nov. 19 – 22, 2024

    Georgia Respiratory Care Society had an escape room at the AARC congress to raise funds for their state society. The whole escape room was related to respiratory therapy.

    It was a great Congress with lots of great information and knowledge shared. The Opryland Hotel was a beautiful venue for the AARC Congress!

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  • AARC 2023 Election Results Susan Parsons-Hunter, MBA, RRT November 10, 2023

    The 2024 Officers from AARC Elections are as follows:

    Dana Evans, AARC President Elect
    Directors -at-Large Caitlin Coppock, Teena Culhane, Aaron Light, & Glenn Pipen
    Ambulatory & Post Acute Care Section Chair – Mike Hess
    Transport Section Chair – Jennifer Watts

  • AARC Disaster Relief Fund Opened for Iowa, Tennessee, and now Arkansas Susan Parsons-Hunter, MBA, RRT April 5, 2023

    Apr 5, 2023 1:09 PM
    From:
    Julie Jackson, BAS, RRT-ACCS
    AARC HOD Speaker
    Email: HODSpeaker@aarc.org

    Good afternoon, Delegates. I wanted to make sure that you all received communication that the AARC has opened its Disaster Relief Fund for our members in Iowa and Tennessee. If you know of AARC members in either of these states that may be affected by the recent tornadoes, please share the information below with them. Please note that you can also provide an individual donation to the fund as stated below if you would like as well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our colleagues in Iowa and Tennessee as they work towards clean up and healing.
    The AARC has opened its Disaster Relief Fund for members affected by the recent tornadoes in Iowa and Tennessee. AARC members living in officially declared disaster areas in this state may apply for a grant of up to $1,000, either online or by mail using our downloadable application form below.

    AARC Disaster Relief Fund – AARC

    We ask that if you know of a fellow member who has been affected, please relay this message to them, as they may not have access to the internet.
    The fund is all about AARC members helping members.
    If you would like to contribute to the AARC’s Disaster Relief Fund, donate online.