2020 SCSRC Annual Conference Update

With heavy hearts, the Program Committee has made the decision to cancel the 2020 SCSRC Annual Conference. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19 and the uncertainty of the increasing number of cases, the SCSRC has determined hosting the annual conference could be potentially dangerous to the practitioners attending the event. The committee has worked tirelessly for the past several months, along with the Hilton hotel, to explore options and modify the agenda to adhere to social distancing guidelines; however, we feel with the number of cases on the rise it would be irresponsible to move forward with a live conference. We are exploring the possibilities of hosting some virtual events in the future. In the meantime, please visit the AARC links listed below if you are seeking educational opportunities. There is not a better time to renew/join AARC than now!

Membership- https://www.aarc.org/aarc-membership/member-services/join-renew/

AARC 2020 live- https://www.aarc.org/aarc-meetings/live-2020/

Free to AARC members- Including 3 upcoming Live Webinars

On behalf of the SCSRC and the program committee, I would like to thank all the practitioners, speakers and exhibitors for your willingness to support the SCSRC and your understanding during this difficult and unusual time.

Refunds will be issued within the next 5-10 business days. Any hotel reservation made under the SCSRC hotel block will be cancelled by the Hilton. If you did not book under the hotel block (Expedia, Groupon, etc.) please make sure that you cancel your reservation.

Respectfully submitted,
Holly Lever, RRT, RCP
SCSRC Vice President- Program Committee Chair

Register for AARC LIVE! 2020

Register for AARC LIVE! 2020 – a new virtual learning experience offered by the AARC…..

In July 2020, respiratory therapists will come together to experience learning in a virtual environment.

COVID-19 has set a new standard for delivering patient care and collaborating with colleagues worldwide. Using this experience as a foundation, AARC LIVE! 2020 will help respiratory therapists learn together to lead the profession beyond COVID-19.

AARC LIVE! includes four learning tracks spread across four days—one track per day. Tracks range from management, education, and adult acute care topics, along with a special Leading Perspectives bonus track.

More information and a link to register is here: https://www.aarc.org/aarc-meetings/live-2020/

2020 AARC Uniform Reporting Manual Revision – Assistance Needed

The AARC is currently asking for participation in a survey that will be used in the 2020 revision of the AARC Uniform Reporting Manual. The goal of the revision, as stated in the letter from Garry Kauffman, RRT, FAARC, MPA, FACHE, is to help with building a foundation of statistically valid time standards, and thus a foundation for a national standard of productivity. Please consider taking time to read Garry’s letter and to complete the survey.

AARC URM Special Invitation

Thank you in advance!

2020 SCSRC Scholarships & Awards – Deadline Extended!

SCSRC Scholarships 2019

Application Submission Deadline Extended to June 21, 2020!

Update: In light of the delays and interruptions of the COVID crisis, the program committee has decided to extend the deadline for submissions to the various awards that are given during the SCSRC Annual Conference.

The SCSRC is accepting nominations for 2020 Practitioners of the Year in Education, Clinical, and Leadership. We are also seeking to recognize one Department of the Year. The SCSRC would like to award three (3) scholarships to Entry-Level students in a Respiratory Care program within the state of South Carolina.

These awards and scholarships will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting during the Annual SCSRC Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. This year’s conference is scheduled for September 8-11, 2020.

If you would like to nominate your department, colleague, or you qualify for one of the scholarships, please download the appropriate application, complete it and submit it to scholarships@scsrc.org. The deadline for all of these applications is (now) June 21, 2020.

We are excited to recognize your department and RTs for their amazing work, while supporting SC’s future RTs. We cannot wait to hear from you!

Scholarships & Awards Applications (open PDF and download)
2020 SCSRC Practitioner of the Year Award
2020 SCSRC Dept of the Year Award
2020 SCSRC Trish Blakely Higher Education Scholarship
2020 SCSRC Entry Level Student Scholarship App_Packet

AARC Legislative Initiatives 2020

AARC Contact Congress 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.

https://www.aarc.org/advocacy/congressional-legislation/aarc-virtual-lobby-campaign/

Current legislative initiatives:

  1. Ask your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the “CONNECT for Health” Act to Increase Access to Respiratory Therapists as Telehealth Practitioners
  2. ******IMPORTANT *******
    Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 4945, the “SMART Act”, to Exclude Ventilators from Competitive Bidding and Update Coverage Policies
  3. Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor HR 4838, the SOS Act to Protect Payment for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab
  4. Ask Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor H.R. 2339/S. 3174, Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act

Ed Watson’s Passing

Ed Watson“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……

Obituary for Paul “Ed” Watson