• December 2019 BOD Meeting by Selma B. Watson RRT, RCP December 16, 2019

    Since the SCSRC Annual Conference was cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian, several awards were presented during the SCSRC Board of Directors and Members meeting on Dec. 13, 2019.

    Scott Lane, RRT, was presented the Palmetto Award for his many years of service to the SCSRC. Scott became a new board member in 1998; since that time, he has served two separate terms as president, several terms as vice president; he also served for 10 years as the disaster preparedness committee chair, during which time he solidified a relationship between the SCSRC and SC DHEC to work with Richard Branson on a Pandemic event/Ventilator Stockpile project. This type of collaboration between a state agency and the SCSRC was the first of its kind in the nation regarding planning for a pandemic event and preparations for a ventilator stockpile.

    Dr. Jerry Alewine, Ed.D., RRT, received the President’s Award for his work in developing and launching the BSRT program at Newberry College, which was the first in the state of South Carolina. In May 2019, the first BSRT class graduated; the second class will graduate December 14, 2019.

    Wayne Hicks, RRT, received the Garrett Galloway Outpatient Practitioner of the Year award; this was awarded for Wayne’s dedication to his profession and to his patients for many years.

    The Midlands Region for the SCSRC received the Region of the Year award for the number of activities that they have held during the past year, including the very successful COPD Update.

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  • COPD Update 2019 Follow Up by Buffy Chapman, BA, RRT December 4, 2019

    COPD Update 2019

    In celebration of National COPD Awareness month, the 4th Annual COPD Update was held on November 1, 2019 at Columbia College in Columbia, SC. This event was planned in collaboration by the SCSRC Midlands Region and the Chronic Disease Management specialty section. Six CRCE’s were provided attendees. Topics included COPD/ Sleep Apnea Overlap Syndrome, Avoiding the Crisis of Preventable Death, Smoking Cessation, Current and Future Practices in COPD Management, and Getting Meds for Home. The ever so popular discussion panel was a continued success. This year’s panel discussion explored the continuum of care and included a patient’s perspective. We would like to extend a big thank you to the vendors that joined us for the day and our lunch sponsors, as well as Columbia College for hosting and providing a wonderful breakfast.

    Look for the date of the 5th Annual COPD Update to be announced in early 2020 and make plans to join us!

  • SCSRC Awards 2019 by Selma B. Watson RRT, RCP October 30, 2019

    Congratulations to the Respiratory Care Services Department of Prisma Health – Upstate on receiving the 2019 Department of the Year award. Dr. Jerry Alewine, president-elect for the SCSRC presented the award to Holly Williams, MHA, RRT, Director of Respiratory Care Services, during their Respiratory Care Week activities.

    SCSRC 2019 Dept of the Year


    Congratulations to Sherry Gordon on receiving the Leadership Practitioner of the Year Award for 2019! The award was presented by Dr. Jerry Alewine during Respiratory Care Week celebration at Self Regional Healthcare.

    SCSRC 2019 Practitioner of the Year


    Dr. Jerry Alewine speaking at Prisma Health – Upstate during the Respiratory Care Week Celebration.

    RC Week 2019

  • SCSRC Annual Conference Cancelled by Selma B. Watson RRT, RCP September 1, 2019
    Hurricane flagsDue to Hurricane Dorian, we have decided to cancel the SCSRC Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach. The program committee is diligently working to determine the best way to refund your registration fee. More information pertaining to this will be sent out in the next several days. Please allow us time to work on this.

    If your hotel registration was booked through the SCSRC event rate found on our website, your reservation will be automatically cancelled. Please do not call the hotel if this method was used. If you booked your room through another method, you will need to cancel your reservation.

    We held out as long as we felt we could when making this decision. There have been many hours invested in the planning of this conference and we are looking into possibly rescheduling this event. We want to allow everyone ample time to make arrangements for their family in preparation for Dorian.

    Stay safe!

    SCSRC Program Committee

  • AARC Summer Lobby Blast by Jakki Grimball RRT, AE-C, RCP August 19, 2019

    (This is from Anne Marie Hummel, Associate Executive Director, AARC Advocacy and Governmental Affairs.)

    Just wanted to get you pumped up ahead of time to start sending in messages to the Hill on Monday, August 19, for our 3-day blast to gain additional co-sponsors for H..R. 2508. An article will be coming out in NEWS NOW in a couple of hours that goes into more detail so please take a few minutes to read it. We want to get our members ready now so first thing Monday when the links go live everyone will be ready and know the drill. Don’t forget you can TEXT BREATHE to 52886 from your cellphone as demonstrated at our Joint BOD/HOD meeting if you are on vacation – so no excuses!!

    Your goal — 100% participation. We’ve been very close in the past but not quite there – so let’s make it happen this time around.


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