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  • The SCSRC 2022 Election is NOW OPEN by Tracy Cook, MSc, RRT, RCP August 4, 2022

    To vote: Click HERE TO VOTE!

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    Enter your AARC Member Number as both your username and password.

    This election is for the 2023 SCSRC Board for Directors. Your support and opinion is greatly desired and crucial to form a collective body of individuals to support and promote our practice and profession in the state of South Carolina. The future and direction of our profession relies on your input and support. Please vote and show your support for Respiratory Care in South Carolina and help us create a more vibrant future as your profession grows and evolves. Only those whose AARC membership is active and current during the voting period are allowed to vote in this election.

    The election process for the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care (SCSRC) Executive Officers and Board of Directors positions will open the weekend before August 7, 2022 and will close at 10 am Wednesday, September 7, 2022. You MUST be an active AARC member at the time the ballot opens to be eligible to vote in this election. For any questions or comments concerning voting, please contact Jerry Alewine, SCSRC 2022 President-Elect at [email protected].

    Important: Please note that the SCSRC elections process is NOT related to the AARC process. If you need assistance, with casting your vote, please send an email to [email protected] (opens in a new window). We respectfully ask that you do NOT contact the AARC with questions related to this ballot and voting procedures.

    President-Elect: The office of President-Elect is a three-year commitment, which starts as President-Elect in 2023, then President in 2024 and Immediate Past President in 2025.

    Candidate for President-Elect: Megan Shell

    Treasurer: The office of treasurer is a two-year term, beginning in January 2023 and ending in December 31, 2024.

    Candidate for Treasurer: Selma Watson

    Vice-President: The office of Vice-President is a two-year term, beginning in January 2023 and ending in December 31, 2024. The Vice-President will also serve as the Program Committee Chair and will be responsible for the annual education program.

    Candidate for Vice President: Amanda Coffey

    Piedmont Region Director: The position of Piedmont Region Director is a two-term commitment; the first year as junior director will begin January of 2023, the second year as senior director will begin January 2024.

    Candidate for Piedmont Region Director: Kristin Lesley

    Midlands Region Director: The position of Midlands Region Director is a two-term commitment; the first year as junior director will begin January of 2023, the second year as senior director will begin January 2024.

    Candidate for Midlands Region Director: Kristi Lane

    Pee-Dee Region Director: The position of Pee-Dee Region Director is a two-term commitment; the first year as junior director will begin January of 2023, the second year as senior director will begin January 2024.

    Candidate for Pee-Dee Region Director: Josh Gillman

    Coastal Region Director: The position of Coastal Region Director is a two-term commitment; the first year as junior director will begin January of 2023, the second year as senior director will begin January 2024.

    Coastal Region Director Candidate: Joyce Lamberson

  • Respiratory Care Summit by Tracy Cook, MSc, RRT, RCP June 28, 2022

    August 12, 2022

    SCSRC RESPIRATORY CARE SUMMIT

    at NEWBERRY COLLEGE

    1121 Speers Street, Newberry, SC 29108

    The South Carolina Society of Respiratory Care is hosting a Respiratory Care Summit to bring together clinical and industry leaders, educators, and other stakeholders to assess the state of the Respiratory Care profession in South Carolina. During this meeting our goal is to evaluate:

    • Staffing concerns within the industry
    • Recruitment and retaining staff
    • Educational needs
    • Recruitment of students into the profession
    • Recruitment of students and practitioners into the AARC
    • How the SCSRC can better serve the state
    • LLR changes
    • RC scope and practice expansion

    SCSRC Respiratory Care Summit Registration Link

  • SCSRC Board of Directors Report by Tracy Cook, MSc, RRT, RCP May 17, 2022

    Good evening,

    The SCSRC Executive Committee and Board of Directors met on Friday morning, April 22nd, 2022 via Zoom. Some highlights from this board meeting are noted below:

    Report from President Tracy Cook:

    Even though I am fairly new to this profession I find it hard to believe that the AARC is celebrating 75-years. I am proud to say that the program committee and many regional directors are working, planning, and strategizing to present quality educational and networking events. If your region has not had an event in the last year, I strongly encourage you to please plan an event. To gather support, you can start with a networking event such as a Dutch-treat dinner. Just get started…. You will be surprised if you set a date, find a venue and advertise the speakers and vendors will respond and fill your agenda. If you feel you do not have the skills and contacts, please, please reach out to me as I am here to help and guide. I also really want to encourage and challenge everyone to think of ways to increase membership in your area. We need to think of all the things we accomplished and did in 2021 and send that information to Wayne Barfield before May 1, 2022 so we can submit our Summit Award Application.

    SCSRC goals are:

    • Advocacy: My challenge this quarter is that we all advocate and speak up to support our scope of practice. Hill Day is coming in May and we need to write those letters, send those emails, and make the phone calls in support of legislature that supports us and/or our patients. Never be afraid to write your senators or congress.
    • Communication/Marketing: Please, post to the SCSRC community on AARConnect. I would love for committee members and regional directors to share a little about themselves utilizing AARConnect posts. Please use that forum to share information or to respond to each other.
    • Education/Professional Development: Encourage others to seek educational opportunities and specialty credentials. AARC has several programs to assist members who are seeking specialty credentials.
    • Events/Meetings: Each region needs to sponsor a minimal of (1) educational and/or membership event in 2022.
    • Membership: We still need to focus on increasing our statewide membership. Less than 20% of the RCP licensed in SC are members of the SCSRC. We need to be deliberate in our encouragement of others to support the SCSRC.
    • Revenue and Finance: I am so thankful for our Treasurer and Committee members who are thoughtful in how they spend our money. I appreciate the committees being good financial stewards which allows SCSRC to continue to have a sound financial foundation.

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  • Loss of a South Carolina RT Icon by Selma B. Watson RRT, RCP March 15, 2022

    Ann Gilchrist Whitmire, a longtime SC respiratory therapist, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the age of 88. Ann worked for many years as an RT at Providence Hospital, and also worked at Blue Choice Health Plan until her retirement in September 2017.

    Ann was president of the SCSRC in 1986, which was the year the SC legislature passed the Title Protection Act for Respiratory Care Practitioners, which later became what we know now as our RCP licensure act. Ann played a pivotal role in the process of getting the original bill written and passed.

    She was the recipient of the SCSRC Practitioner of the Year award as well.

    Services for Ann will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022, at 11 am, at The Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), 1512 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Church Parish Hall. Dunbar Funeral Home is assisting the family, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

    On a personal note, Ann was the first therapist that I rounded with on my very first day in clinic as a fourth quarter RT student at Midlands Tech; she was amazing to work with, a day I will never forget and will always be grateful for….

  • Exciting News from the SCSRC Executive Committee and Board of Directors! by Selma B. Watson RRT, RCP January 25, 2022

    In keeping with guidance from the AARC, the SCSRC Executive Committee and Board of Directors has unanimously decided to update the name of the “Entry Level Student Scholarship” that is awarded annually to associate degree seeking students to be “Early Professional Student Scholarship”. This is a new, fresh name for the scholarship and is in line with the AARC’s “Early Professional Membership” level that is available to students prior to graduation.

    The Early Professional Student Scholarship application is now available on the SCSRC website; if you are a student that would like to apply, please carefully read and follow all instructions contained in the application.

    The members of the Scholarship Committee include: Allan Dunphy, MEd, RRT-NPS, RRT-CPFT, RCP; Amanda Coffey, BS, RRT; Selma Watson, BA, RRT, CPFT. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]. We look forward to reviewing the applications and awarding these four scholarships!!