Manager Cardiopulmonary, Sleep Disorders Center, EEG, and Wound Care
Ochsner Health System – St. Mary Campus
Member Since: 1983
House of Delegates Activities:
Elections Committee Questions:
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the profession of respiratory care, and what do you recommend the ARC do to address it?
The biggest challenge we’re facing as an organization is membership and visibility of the AARC’s mission and vision. The AARC BOD and Executive Office Staff have been instrumental in finalizing and executing the AARC Strategic Plan. This will move our profession forward and engage our membership with the benefits and value of being a member. The plan aligns our goals with all initiatives in building the framework to the future of our organization. The Board and Executive Office Staff recently completed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training to enhance our education on diverse ways we can better serve our membership.
Healthcare is changing more rapidly than ever. What ideas do you have to help today’s respiratory therapist meet these changes?
First, we need to focus on the RT shortage. As a profession, we need to advance the collaboration with the AARC, NBRC, and CoARC to raise public awareness with the More RT Campaign. Education, Mentorship, and Shadowing needs to focus on the younger school age students in developing their career path. Promote and support telemedicine programs to provide education out of the hospital settings. Healthcare reimbursements are decreasing, and consumers are shopping their medical services for the best cost available. Respiratory Therapist need to demonstrate their multidisciplinary approach to our expertise in Pulmonary Disease Management. We need to be proactive in providing these services in the Outpatient arena away from the traditional hospital setting.
Your role as Director-at Large is to represent the general AARC membership. If given the opportunity to represent, how would you use your skills and experience to advance and advocate for the respiratory care profession?
With my experience as a Respiratory Manager and member of the AARC Board of Directors, I will work with the AARC Board along with the Executive Office in continuing to institute the AARC Strategic Plan in moving the organization forward. I am aware that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is important to membership, and I am committed to instilling these values in our organization. I believe that higher degree advancements from BS through APRT are the gold standard that needs to be achieved. We are truly the Pulmonary Experts and the extenders of physicians. Furthermore, this will help move us forward with advocating in our future legislation efforts.