Good Press: AARC Members in the News

 Published: July 6, 2015

By: Steve Bowden

Patricia MatyePatricia Matye
Brad YazellBrad Yazell
Mark GoldsteinMark Goldstein
Rick KenneyRick Kenney
Kathee FordKathee Ford
Kristen McHenryKristen McHenry
Jonathan RiddleJonathan Riddle
Joanne ScasserraJoanne Scasserra
Deryl GullifordDeryl Gulliford

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

Patricia Matye serves as a great example of what it takes to care for young children in this article on about two toddlers who suffer from asthma. “Who is that on your shirt,” she is quoted as asking a four-year-old who’s reluctant to let the RT examine her. “Is that Minnie? Do you have Minnie shoes? Your shoes have polka-dots and match your shirt. You are so cool.” The tactic worked like a charm!

Tina Siddon and Kelly Hayes talk about their camp for kids with asthma in an article on out of Kentucky. The free camp has been serving the community for 19 years now.

Brad Yazell’s new job as director of therapy services at a local hospital is the topic of this article in The Kansan out of Kansas. Brad will be overseeing the respiratory, occupational, physical, speech, and sleep therapy departments.

Mark Goldstein’s reappointment to the Respiratory Care Board of California is covered in this article in the Imperial Valley, CA, News. Mark has served on the board since 2012.

Rick Kenney explains why his hospital is expanding its use of capnography monitoring in this press release on PRNnewswire. “Our widespread use of capnography to monitor a patient’s breathing is in line with the latest recommendations and underscores our dedication to patient safety,” he was quoted as saying.

Kenny Lampro is noted for receiving the Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Care’s Anne Flaten Presidential Award in this article in the Eau Claire, WI, Leader Telegram. “It has been said of Kenny that without his work and compassion for respiratory care, we wouldn’t be sitting here together today — to learn, grow and support our profession,” WSRC President Kim Zaverl was quoted as saying.

Kathee Ford’s RT program is recognized for receiving the CoARC Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award in this article on the Polk State College website. “This award recognizes the excellent work we are doing in preparing our students for long-term success in the field of respiratory care,” she was quoted as saying.

Kristen McHenry helps to explain ALS in this article in the Bristol, VA, Herald Courier. “It is a complex disease that requires a multidisciplinary approach to care,” she was quoted as saying.

Melanie Collinvitti touts her asthma camp for kids in this article and video on the WTRF-TV website out of Wheeling, WV. “In addition to learning how to manage their asthma and express their feelings about having asthma, they’re also enjoying the traditional fun camping experiences,” she was quoted as saying.

Breon Hunter and Jonathan Riddle are noted for receiving Heydel Respiratory Therapy Scholarships in this article in Greenwood Today out of Greenwood, SC. The scholarship is named after a former hospital CEO in the area who started his career as a respiratory therapist.

Joanne Scasserra’s study on the effects of a wearable noninvasive open ventilation system on exercise endurance in pulmonary rehabilitation patients is covered in this article on The study was part of a poster session at the recent COPD9USA conference.

Pam Loddeke has returned to her former hospital as marketing/admissions director and the move is noted in this article in the Belleville, IL, News-Democrat. Pam previously worked at the facility as a member of the therapy department.

Carrie Staab’s work with pregnant women who smoke is covered in this article in the St. Louis, MO, Post-Dispatch. The latest weapon in her arsenal: an offer of 12 months of free diapers to those who kick the habit.

Deryl Guilford has good reason to be proud of two of his students: they received both of the scholarships awarded to RC students by the Oklahoma Society for Respiratory Care this year. “I am so proud of both Chelsea and Juanita for winning these scholarships,” Deryl was quoted as saying in this article in the Enid, OK, News. “The process is not easy, and they are competing against about 100 other respiratory therapy students.

And El Paso Children’s Hospital is noted for receiving the AARC’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in this article 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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