- AARC Legislative Initiatives 2020 February 11, 2020
From the SCSRC PACT Committee:
Please consider taking a moment to write to your congressman regarding the following four pieces of legislation. If you would, please forward this information to all your coworkers, friends, and family. Anyone can support us. It will only take a few minutes. The link below formats the letters to your congressman and contains more information on each.
Current legislative initiatives:
- Ask your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the “CONNECT for Health” Act to Increase Access to Respiratory Therapists as Telehealth Practitioners
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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 4945, the “SMART Act”, to Exclude Ventilators from Competitive Bidding and Update Coverage Policies
- Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor HR 4838, the SOS Act to Protect Payment for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab
- Ask Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor H.R. 2339/S. 3174, Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act
- Ed Watson’s Passing February 7, 2020
“Today and today only….” This is just one of many favorite phrases that was frequently used by fellow RT Paul “Ed” Watson. Sadly, our friend and colleague passed away on February 2, 2020. He was a longtime supporter of the SCSRC, serving for a number of years as photographer for the annual conference, as an exhibitor in the vendor hall during conferences, or as an attendee. Ed was a mentor to many and will be missed greatly. On a personal note, he was the one that talked to me about going to RT school after graduation from high school; for that I will ever be grateful. Farewell, dear friend……
- SCSRC Board of Directors Meeting (UPDATED) January 27, 2020
SCSRC BOD Meeting for SCSRC Members
All who are current members of the AARC/SCSRC are cordially invited to our next SCSRC BOD meeting on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10 am. The meeting will be held virtually using GoToMeeting and the information needed to join the meeting is outlined below. We encourage all members to attend and look forward to seeing several smiling faces – both new and familiar to the SCSRC!
Meeting time – Fri, Jun 26, 2020 10:00 AM – Please join the SCSRC BOD meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
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Access Code: 740-735-165
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- December 2019 BOD Meeting 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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- SCSRC Awards 2019 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.
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.
Dr. Jerry Alewine speaking at Prisma Health – Upstate during the Respiratory Care Week Celebration.