Good Press: AARC Members in the News

 Published: April 20, 2015

By: Steve Bowden

Michael BustosMichael Bustos
Ray HernandezRay Hernandez
Clifton DennisClifton Dennis
Susan McQuadeSusan McQuade
Mark LotzMark Lotz
Peggy LangePeggy Lange
Alan SlaydonAlan Slaydon
Dallas AuneDallas Aune
Good Press spotlights AARC members mentioned in the news media at a local and national level. Here is the latest list of news makers:

Holly Marocchi and Celeste Belyea’s Sea Puffers travel agency for COPD patients is featured in this article in U.S. News and World Report. “I try to explain every single, solitary detail months in advance of going on the cruise,” Holly was quoted as saying, noting she wants her clients to be able to relax and enjoy the trip.

Eileen Olson’s recent participation in the AARC’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day is covered in this article in the Hub out of Kearney, NE.

Respiratory care student Kelli Hand talks about the abstract she presented at AARC Congress 2014 in this article on The study on FeNO, which was co-authored by fellow student Amber Marquette, grew out of the work they did in an asthma education program for kids. Their program director, Donna Gardner, applauded their efforts.

The final word is in, and Skyline Community College has the go-ahead to develop a bachelor’s degree program in respiratory care, reports this article in the Skyline View. “We are very happy and excited to have it,” Director of Respiratory Therapy/Allied Health Ijaz Ahmed was quoted as saying.

In this article in the San Mateo, CA, Daily Journal, Skyline students Michael Bustos and Juan Cornejo talk about why they enrolled in the RT program at Skyline and what it means to them to have the chance to achieve a bachelor’s degree. “This is a step toward the evolving standards that are always going higher, and it gives us an edge,” Michael was quoted as saying. Ray Hernandez, dean of the school’s science, math and technology division, says he expects the first class to enroll about 25 students next fall.

Clifton Dennis talks about the dangers of exposing children to secondhand smoke in an article and video on the ABC-TV website out of Augusta. “It’s a very strong trigger for asthma,” he was quoted as saying.

Christopher McCarthy is pictured along with others at his hospital at the grand re-opening of their Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center in this article on The story says members of the community have been asking the hospital to reopen the center for several years now.

Susan McQuade explains the link between allergies and asthma in an article and video on the KTAB-TV website out of Abilene, TX. “A lot of people who have asthma also have allergies, and allergy can be a very strong trigger for asthma symptoms,” she was quoted as saying.

Amber Wingo is noted for organizing a fundraiser for a patient with cystic fibrosis in this article in the Sunbury, PA, Daily Item. The woman is seeking a lung transplant.

Amanda McGruder’s new job as director of respiratory care is covered in this article in the Jackson, MS, Clarion Ledger. Amanda comes to the position from Drager Medical, where she served as an account executive.

Kenneth C. Walz’s appointment to the Ohio Respiratory Care Board is announced in this article in the Toledo, OH, Blade. A former RT, Kenneth is now a practicing attorney.

Mark Lotz talks about the new respiratory care degree being offered by his school in an article in the Quincy, IL, Journal. “The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for Respiratory Care Practitioners to grow at twice the rate or more of employment in general,” he was quoted as saying. Mark will run the program along with Danielle Lorenson, who is serving as director of clinical education.

Peggy Lange explains why her hospital decided to add capnography monitoring to the care of patients undergoing moderate sedation in a press release on the Virtual Press Office website. “Our widespread use of capnography to monitor the breathing of patients who are being sedated is in line with the latest requirements from the ASA and underscores our dedication to patient safety,” she was quoted as saying.

Glenn Meyers is noted for coaching a young archery champ with cystic fibrosis in this article in the Midland, MI, Daily News. Glenn himself was an Olympic archer back in 1984.

Alan Slaydon’s reelection to the Beauregard Electric Cooperative’s board of directors is announced in this article in the Beauregard, LA, Daily News. Alan has served on the board since 2003.

Dallas Aune was named Employee of the Month by his hospital in March, and this article in the Crookston, MN, Times explains why. “I consider RiverView my second family,” he was quoted as saying. “Everyone here is so friendly and fun to work with.’’

And last but not least, AdvaCare Home Care Services is noted for receiving the AARC’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in this press release on

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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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