Chattanooga Chapter

  • PRESS RELEASE 5-30-2022 Phil Khan, RRT May 30, 2022

    Jeff Stewart, RRT
    Respiratory Care Manager
    Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation
    jeffsrrt@yahoo.com
    423-718-0977 Mobile

    Jeff StewartJeff has 34+ years of experience in Respiratory Care. He has experience in treating patient ranges from babies in a Level IV NICU to Geriatrics in SNFs. He currently serves as Respiratory Care Manager at Siskin Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In his NICU experience, he was instrumental in setting up the Neonatal Transport Team and served as a Transport Therapist and Educator. He has 10 years of experience in the medical device industry working as a Clinical Specialist and Regional Clinical Manager for a leading monitor company specializing in pulse oximetry.

    Jeff comes from a family of dedicated healthcare workers. He followed his mom in the Respiratory career path, and was then joined by a younger sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, all RRT’s. His wife is an RN and sister who is a radiology tech – all working under the Erlanger Health System umbrella.

    When not working at the hospital, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, Lynnette, and in the outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, and playing golf.

  • 2022 Chattanooga Chapter Fall Seminar Phil Khan, RRT May 23, 2022

    SAVE THE DATE!!!

    The TSRC Chattanooga Chapter is presenting a Virtual seminar on
    Friday October 14, 2022.

    6 CEU’s!

    Online Registration Will Open Soon!
    PLEASE DIRECT QUESTIONS AND INQUIRIES TO
    Preliminary Flyer- 2022 Fall Virtual Seminar

    Zoom meeting TSRC

  • Virtual Webinar at Erlanger Baroness Hospital Randy Ramirez, BS, RRT May 23, 2022

    A big thank you to all who attended the 2022 Erlanger Pulmonary Health Seminar on May 6th, 2022! We had over 130 attendees on our virtual symposium and receive 6 CEU’s including Safety and Ethics. Thanks to our virtual format, we were able to host participants from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

    Our speakers covered topics on patient proning, to treat ARDS, Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA), the ethical dilemma of compassion fatigue, balancing brain, and lung protection in the NICU using transcutaneous CO2, how to avoid device related pressure injury, and COPD pharmacologic management.

    We also want to thank our major sponsor Xarelto and our speaker sponsors Sentec, Getinge, Phillips Healthcare, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Theravance Biopharma, and Equitable Counseling & Consulting. Without our sponsors, none of this would have been possible. We look forward to hosting our TSRC Chattanooga Chapter Virtual Seminar Friday, October 14th, 2022. Please keep an eye out for registration information here on the TSRC website coming soon!

    Randy Ramirez, BS, RRT
    Respiratory Care Clinical Educator
    ERLANGER HEALTH SYSTEM
    randy.ramirez@erlanger.org
    423-778-2664 Office

  • TSRC’s Chattanooga Chapter 2017 Fall Seminar Randy Ramirez, BS, RRT November 27, 2017

    This was my second year working behind the scenes of the Chattanooga Chapter TSRC Fall Seminar. The seminar was held Friday, October 6, 2017 at Erlanger Hospital’s Probasco Auditorium. I have to say, working with the other volunteers was a blast. The day started off with a great breakfast and catching up with old co-workers and classmates from respiratory school.

    Chris Surike, Clinical Sales Specialist, from Vyaire Medical started the seminar off with an excellent lecture on Adult High Frequency Oscillation. Victor Czerkasij, NP from Skin Cancer & Cosmetic Dermatology Center followed, and spoke on applying ethical standards in healthcare, as well as, entertained the crowd with some very humorous stories! Following a break, to visit with the vendors and see some cool respiratory products, Chris Lynn, MSHA, RRT, NPS AE-C, Area Clinical Specialist from Vapotherm engaged the audience with a presentation on using High Velocity Nasal Insufflation Intervention in the emergency room setting. In the afternoon session, Angela Wagler, RRT from Teleflex, talked about Patient Safety and Protecting the Ventilated Patient from Hospital Acquired Infections. The day closed on a high note when BREAS speaker, Jim Eddins, RRT, RPFT, Clinical Sales Specialists presented on EtCO2 Monitoring and its application in the clinical practice. If you missed out this fall, mark your calendars for Friday, May 11th, 2018 and come be a part of the Chattanooga Chapter TSRC Spring Seminar at Erlanger Hospital’s Probasco Auditorium!

    Randy Ramirez, RRT
    Respiratory Care Educator/Neonatal & Transport Team at Erlanger Hospital

    Thank you to the following vendors that supported the TSRC 2017 Chattanooga Chapter’s Fall Seminar:

    Breas Medical, Draeger, Grifols, Hill-Rom, Hollister, Kol-Bio-Medical, Masimo, Medtronic, Mercury Medical, Ottawa University, Philips, Sunovion, Teleflex, Vapotherm, Vyaire Medical

  • Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care Packs Probasco for Fall Seminar Diane Knight, BS, RRT October 29, 2016

    The Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care (TSRC) held their Fall Seminar in the Probasco Auditorium at ERLANGER HEALTH SYSTEM on Friday, October 21st. It was a standing room only crowd with the largest participant turn-out in the TSRC’s history. Multiple vendors attended as sponsors of the TSRC and the area respiratory therapists that attended from several states across the southeastern United States.
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    Erlanger Respiratory Therapists are required to participate in both in-person and on-line Continuing Education Courses throughout the year as a condition of maintaining their NBRC credential and their state licensure. The Seminar topics included: “The Evolution of Aerosol Therapy,” “The Future of Pulmonary Disease Management: Through the eyes of the RT Navigator,” “Ethics,” “Airway Clearance Therapy,” “Respiratory’s Role in Improving Outcomes in the Post-Op Setting,” “Bronchiolitis Caused by RSV; A Clinical Review.”

    Erlanger’s own RT Navigators, Derek Lester RRT and Takesha Pratt, BS, MBA, RRT, held the audience’s attention with their presentation on the inception, development and implementation of the RT Navigator program throughout the ERLANGER HEALTH SYSTEM. Besides spearheading the Smoking Cessation Program, RT Navigators are instrumental in guiding our pulmonary patients through the ERLANGER HEALTH SYSTEM and beyond as they transition to home care. Lester and Pratt also discussed the challenges that face the ERLANGER HEALTH SYSTEM COPD Program along with the COPD Program’s future goals and objectives as it meshes with the Hospital’s Mission.

    Comment: I have attended TSRC Chattanooga Chapter Seminars in the past, however, the 2016 Fall Seminar (Friday, Oct. 21st) was the first one I had the opportunity of working. Over 160 people pre-registered for the seminar and we had over a dozen walkups! According to Chattanooga Chapter President, Terry Ellis, Jr. this was the largest seminar in Chattanooga Chapter history! The day was non-stop with great speakers presenting current and useful material. I had the opportunity to visit with vendors and see some new exciting products. I saw old classmates, co-workers, and even made a few new friends. If you missed out on this event, the 2017 Spring Seminar is just around the corner!

    Randy Ramirez, RRT
    Respiratory Care Department Educator
    Neonatal Transport
    ERLANGER HEALTH SYSTEM