I was privileged to attend my first SCSRC Board of Directors meeting on April 10th and I am pleased to report what I discovered. As you would expect, there were respiratory therapists from all over the state who are serving in various roles as executive officers, regional directors, and committee chairs. There were many distinct SC regional accents represented, but only one singular purpose. The members of the BOD represent the therapists of their individual regions, and South Carolina as a whole. But most importantly, what I began to understand almost immediately about these folks should make the therapist of South Carolina very proud.
The members of the Board of Directors and SCSRC leadership are dedicated to advancing the practice of Respiratory Care, supporting the Respiratory Care Practitioners of our state, and continuing the advancement of patient care. They are an intelligent and diverse group of people, who are working together to help make a difference. They are enthusiastic, compassionate, talented, and creative in empowering and supporting programs, initiatives, and activities that meet the overall objective of the AARC and SCSRC.
The SCSRC is made up of people just like you, who make a real difference in healthcare every day. They serve both your needs and the advancement of our profession. You may know them personally as your manager, or director, or supervisor, or instructor, or coworker - but that’s just their day job. They put in long hours of volunteer work for the SCSRC on your behalf. And they have big plans in the works – coming to a hospital near you. Fortunately, the therapists of South Carolina could not ask for better representatives.
What can you do to help? You can make a difference too, by getting involved in the AARC/SCSRC. You can represent your hospital in the SCSRC Ambassador Program, attend an SCSRC sponsored conference, join an SCSRC committee, or serve on the Board of Directors. You can serve by setting a good example and helping to recruit new AARC/SCSRC members from among your coworkers. Believe me, if a simple country boy like me can serve the SCSRC - so can you. See y’all soon!
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Bonny Crowder, a staff therapist at Waccamaw Community Hospital is the official winner of our Free Registration to the Conference of Your Choice* prize. The winner was selected from all the eligible respondents to the Information Technology Committee’s recent 2015 Member Survey.
Bonny had a choice of receiving one of the following prizes, and chose a $50 discount off full conference registration for the SCSRC Annual Conference. Congratulations Bonny!
- Free registration to an SCSRC regional event of her choice.
- $25 discount off 1 or 2 day registration for the SCSRC Annual Conference
- $50 off full conference registration for the SCSRC Annual Conference
The SCSRC Information Technology Committee will be deploying its first online survey this week. The 2015 SCSRC Member Survey is primarily designed to help update our member contact information, but it will also help identify respiratory care leadership, recruit new AARC/SCSRC members, and find therapists who may be interested in serving on the SCSRC Board of Directors or as a committee member or ambassador. Information regarding hospitals and member regions will also be obtained.
The survey offers a chance for one lucky respondent to win free registration to the 2015 SCSRC regional conference of their choice. The prize recipient will be selected by randomized drawing from all surveys submitted, but SCSRC officers, board members and committee chairs/members are ineligible. * The free conference registration prize excludes the 2015 SCSRC Annual Conference.
The Latin in our sparkling new committee logo (right sidebar) reads: data, information, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. It represents the elements of the Information Technology DIKW Pyramid. Although it has fallen out of favor recently because of its philosophical assumptions, it is still a very useful construct. In fact Albert Einstein summarized the idea when he advised the world that "Information is not knowledge." There is a popular IT postulate which echos this warning by saying: simply having access to more and more data may leave us data rich but information poor.
From a clinician or manager's perspective, a new multimillion dollar clinical software system is of absolutely no value if you can't get reports that provide the real world information needed to do your job. As if bad information utilization was not terrible enough, there is also a dark side for data. You can read more about erroneous data, misinformation, ignorance, misunderstanding and the stupidity that can result here.
I know many of you would probably prefer a motto like: Saving Respiratory Care, One Application at a Time. But we need to leave some glory for the other committees, who don't even have their own logo.
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