It’s Scholarship & Award Application Time for 2019

SCSRC Scholarships 2019

The SCSRC is accepting nominations for 2019 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. Lastly, we are excited to award two (2) Trish Blakely Higher Education scholarships this year.

The SCSRC is excited to announce a new Practitioner of the Year in honor of the late Garrett Galloway named Garrett Galloway Outpatient Leadership. Focus on Respiratory Care Leaders in outpatient PFT labs, post-acute and long term rehabilitation facilities, home care and DME, pulmonary rehab, sleep, and LTACH. Please, spread the word and nominate a colleague for this honor.

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 3-6, 2019.

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 The deadline for all of these applications is June 1, 2019.

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!

Scholarship & Awards Applications (open PDF and download)

2019 SCSRC Dept of the Year Award

2019 SCSRC Practitioners of the Year Award

2019 SCSRC Entry Level Student Scholarship App_Packet

2019 SCSRC Trish Blakely Higher Education Recognition Award

Happy New Year!

AARC Join Renew Win

Call to Action! Join AARC Today!

As we make our resolutions to be better to ourselves … lets be better to our profession too!

The SCSRC wants you to be a part of SC’s Respiratory Care Leadership Team and invite you to become involved, starting at the local level. Then you may be inspired to follow in the footsteps of the late Trish Blakely, Jackki Grimball, and Brooke Yeager as part of the AARC’s Leadership Team.

Step 1: Join the AARC, the RT’s national professional organization, that is fighting to keep our jobs relevant and a vital part of the national healthcare discussion.

Most of you are already AARC members, but you can encourage your peers to join the AARC and participate in their local chapter of the SCSRC.

Encourage your entire department to make this part of a professional development plan. Directors & Managers – Make AARC membership a prize during 2019 RC Week events or as a prize for not calling in sick for a year.

Step 2: Once you join the AARC, you are automatically a member of your state organization, the SCSRC.

Step 3: Attend a Quarterly Meeting (see SCSRC calendar for date, time and place).

Step 4: Become a Committee Member or Lead your local Region.

As we make resolutions to watch our diets and exercise more, we should also consider becoming more proactive in the Respiratory Care profession.

Once “voluntold” but now I feel like I am making a difference and giving back to a profession that has provided me with so much. I hope to inspire you to stretch out a little and consider getting associated at the local level. I hope to see you soon at a Quarterly Meeting.

Breathe Easy,

Tracy Cook, RRT

The SCSRC 47th Annual Conference Has Concluded

Footprints on Beach

Many thanks to the attendees, speakers, and exhibitors who helped make the SCSRC 47th Annual Conference a huge success. Your participation was invaluable. Beginning with the Preconference on the September 4th, through the closing remarks on September 7th, the SCSRC Annual Conference provided 4 days of learning, networking, and fun for all of those who attended.

A special thanks to the SCSRC Program Committee for all their hard work in planning and organizing the conference.

The SCSRC hopes to see you all back in 2019.

One of our speakers, Dr. Emilio Perez-Jorge, was kind enough to share his slides with us.
Here is the link: Respiratory Infections-FINAL.-PP.-Myrtle-Beach-2018

Awards presented during the SCSRC 47th Annual Conference:

Palmetto Award: Suzi Westmoreland, RRT-NPS, RCP

Region of the Year: Midlands Region

President’s Award: Charlotte Reikofski, MSPH, MPS, RRT

Practitioners of the Year Award Recognition

Clinical Practitioner is Felisha Fuller BA, RRT, RCP – Self Regional
Leadership Practioner is Jerry Alewine EdD, RRT, RCP – Newberry College
Education Practioner is Holley Basnett RRT, RCP – Lexington Medical Center

Department of the Year Award Recognition

Lexington Medical Center’s Respiratory Care Services – West Columbia, SC
Runner up – Self Regional Respiratory Care Services

SCSRC 2018 Awards and Scholarships Announced!

The SCSRC Board and Scholarship Committee are excited to announce the 2018 Awards and Scholarships. Thank you to all who applied this year, as we recognize your commitment to the profession and your education. Awards will be formally given to the recipients at the annual business meeting at lunchtime on Wednesday Sept. 5, 2018 at the SCSRC Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC where we hope you will join us in congratulating the following award recipients:

2 Trish Blakely Higher Education Scholarship Winners of $500 and Free Conference Attendance

Karen Simmons, BSRT, RRT-NPS, RPFT – works in Pulmonary Functions Lab – Medical University of South Carolina – Karen is working on her Masters of Public Health from Columbia Southern University

Erin Mosley, RRT-NPS – works as Adult Respiratory Care Clinical Specialist – Palmetto Health Richland – Erin is working on her BSRT from Newberry College

3 Entry-Level Scholarship Winners of $400 and 1 free day of Conference

Keri Steen – Greenville Technical College – Essay on Stem Cell Treatment for COPD

Kensley Bishop – Piedmont Technical College – PowerPoint on Asthma

Karen Kulp – Piedmont Technical College – PowerPoint on Asthma

South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care