Good Press: AARC Members in the News

 Published: July 30, 2015

By: Steve Bowden

Jean NewberryJean Newberry
Lisa CaldwellLisa Caldwell
Mike HessMike Hess
Travis WhiteTravis White
Wendy AyscueWendy Ayscue
Noah JonesNoah Jones
Betty PerryBetty Perry
Patti CurranPatti Curran

Good Press spotlights AARC members mentioned in the news media at a local and national level. Here is the latest list of news makers:

Jean Newberry’s RT program just received a new mechanical ventilator from a local fundraising organization and she expresses her thanks in this article in the News-Press out of Florida. “We’ve never had this equipment before, so this is brand new for the program,” she was quoted as saying.

Terry W. Ellis, Jr. and Lisa Caldwell are recognized for their service in the National Guard in this article in the Chattanoogan out of Tennessee.

Todd Drake explains how his Freedom from Smoking class can help smokers kick the habit in this article in the Athens, GA, Banner-Herald. “Because no single approach is effective for all smokers, the class includes a variety of evidence-based cessation techniques,” he was quoted as saying.

Mike Hess writes about the need to strengthen limits for ozone pollution in this article in the Kalamazoo, MI, Gazette. “As a respiratory therapist, I have seen firsthand the damage that ozone pollution can do to a person’s health and well-being throughout their life,” he was quoted as saying.

Staff Sgt. Rosy Fernandez is pictured showing a recent visitor to her facility how injured military members receive care during an air rescue operation in this article on the U.S. Air Force website.

Rina McAlpine comments on a renovation of the respiratory therapy facilities at her school in this article in the Tuscaloosa, AL, News. According to the program director, the $1 million expansion includes the addition of five more beds and new computer simulations to the program’s respiratory lab.

Travis White just received the Dr. Robert Shaw Respiratory Therapy Scholarship at his college and the accomplishment was noted in this article in the Greenville, NC, Daily Reflector. “Travis is one of those students who always thinks about the topic and then asks very good questions; he really thinks things through before moving on to another subject,” his program director, Wendy Ayscue, was quoted as saying.

Noah Jones nearly aced his RRT exam (134 correct answers out of 140) and the accomplishment was covered in this article in the Sylva, NC, Herald.

Betty Perry and Heidi White were part of an ECMO team that helped save the life of a man who developed severe respiratory distress due to an allergic reaction to meds given to him after cataract surgery, and the unusual case was covered in this article in the Daily Reflector out of North Carolina. An RT remained by his side 24/7 during the ten days he was on the device.

Timothy Heinz is in the running for a trustee seat on his local school board and this article on fills his community in on his qualifications.

Melissa Bynes-Brooks is opening a new home sleep testing business and shares some information about the service in a Q&A on

Patti Curran is pictured in this article in the Delaware County Daily Times about recent student accomplishments. Her student just won an Academic Achievement Award for respiratory therapy.

And these facilities are noted for receiving the AARC’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition —

  • Saint Peter’s University Hospital in this article on
  • Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in this article in the Wilmington, NC, StarNews.

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Steve Bowden

Steve Bowden is AARC’s Internet Coordinator. He has been designing and developing websites for the association since 1996.

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