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From: Cara Pasquale
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dear COPD Foundation Staff,

The long awaited COPD PPRN Whiteboard video is here! This is a great tool to use if someone asks you what the COPD PPRN is and what does it do.

I encourage all of you to watch the video – it was a labor intensive team effort and I think the final product will serve us well for promoting the COPD PPRN!


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May is CF and Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Here is a link to the AARC website for information about CF Month:

Here is a link to the AARC website for information about Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month:

Here is a link for CF Great Strides Walks in Tennessee
Note that there is a CF Great Strides Walk in Nashville on May 17th.

Noted Respiratory Therapist and AARC Representative Gene Gantt Joins Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Advisory Board

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety announced today that Gene Gantt, RRT has joined the Physician-Patient Alliance Board of Advisors.

Mr. Gantt is a well-respected Registered Respiratory Therapist who has practiced in the post-acute care arena since 1984 and is widely recognized for his excellent work on critical patient safety issues. He has represented the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) at various conferences addressing the need for patient monitoring and promoting clinician awareness of early recognition of respiratory compromise.

In 2004, Mr. Gantt was recognized as the AARC – Long Term Care Practitioner of the year. From 2008 to 2011, he was selected by his peers to chair the AARC Long Term Care specialty section, and currently he is Chair-elect of the LTC Section. From 2009 to 2014, he was appointed to the Tennessee Board for Respiratory Care, which he chaired in 2013-2014. In 2014, he was selected to serve on the Industry Advisory Council of the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC).

On behalf of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Gene Gantt, said PPAHS Executive Director Michael Wong, JD. Gene will be particularly instrumental in our goal to ensure that all patients receiving opioids in hospital are continuously electronically monitored. I have no doubt that his colleagues on our Board of Advisors will warmly embrace his innovative way of thinking. Read More→

Change: An Opportunity to Rise to the Occasion

When you hear the term “Respiratory Care”, what does it mean to you? Does it mean clocking in and clocking out to collect a pay check? Or does it mean something special?

You see, I grew up in a family of RTs and entrepreneurs, and to me the term Respiratory Therapist or Respiratory Care meant something powerful – it meant excellence, it meant changing the world. As a child, my role models were (and still are) my father and my uncle, RTs who made a difference in patients’ lives and in our profession as a whole every single day. Like most kids, I had friends who wanted to be doctors, astronauts, and even the President of the United States. I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a Respiratory Therapist, I wanted to be an entrepreneur, and I wanted to make a difference . In my mind RTs were the top of the food chain. I assumed doctors and lawyers, politicians and astronauts were all equals to Respiratory Therapists. When I went on to respiratory school I learned this is not the case, and, to tell you the truth, I was devastated with disappointment when I found out that RTs were not respected the way I felt they should be – the way I respected them. But most of all, I was devastated that RTs didn’t seem to mind this situation we were in.

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