South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has issued a proclamation designating November 2017 as COPD Awareness Month.
Read the full proclamation: COPD-Awareness-Month-2017
The SCSRC Annual Conference Program Committee is working with the AARC to develop plans for attendees to be able gain the two hours of CRCE that were cancelled. Please stay tuned for more information.
President-Elect: Bob Rife, BS, RRT, RCP
Secretary-Ashley Crabtree, BS, RRT, RCP
Delegate – Wayne Barfield, BSRT, RRT, RCP
Midlands Junior Director – Jody Sandifer, BS, RRT, RCP
Pee Dee Junior Director – Drew Phillips, BS, MHA, RRT
Coastal Junior Director – Joey Ariale, RRT, RCP
Piedmont Junior Director – William Hope, AAS, BS MS, RRT, RCP
Chesney Shai White – Greenville Technical College
Presentation – “The Correlation of Increasing Air Pollution and Respiratory Disorders”
Caroline Nicole McMurray – Piedmont Technical College
Presentation - “Cri Du Chat Syndrome”
Talitha C. Lewis – Piedmont Technical College
Presentation – “Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis”
Tamara Tate – Piedmont Technical College
Presentation: “Psittacosis: Effect on the Respiratory System”
2017 Trish Blakely Scholarship Award
Joseph “Jody” Sandifer – MA in Organizational Change and Leadership – Columbia College
“Why I decided to Pursue a Graduate Degree in Healthcare”
Midlands Technical College
Academic Center Auditorium, Room 116
1260 Lexington Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169
Active AARC Member, $50
Non-AARC Member, $60
Active AARC Student Member, $20
Non-AARC Member Student, $30
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Registration Fees: AARC Member $45 Non-Member $55, RT Student $25
"COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the SC Commission on Higher Education honored Camp Catch Your Breath of the Midlands with this year’s annual Service Learning Award." SC CHE Press Release
We are so proud of our Respiratory Care students and the massive amount of work and planning that goes into this one-day event.
CONGRATS everyone who helped with this enormous project…now let’s get started for next year!
One of the many benefits of being a member of the SCSRC is having legislative advocacy on a state and national level to assist in the promotion of the of Respiratory Care. This year, the AARC and SCSRC are continuing their longstanding support of legislation affecting Respiratory Care providers. It is that time of year when your profession asks you to write or email your representatives and request their support of important legislation. Please click on the link below and follow the prompts to contact our Senators and your Representative. (There is also a link which will tell you who your representative is, if you are unsure.)
The AARC and SCSRC are actively involved in both Federal and State legislative regulatory affairs. The AARC and SCSRC aggressively advocate for recognition of the value of respiratory therapy and respiratory therapists in all areas of public policy. This has become of growing concern as health care costs endure increasing scrutiny and the effectiveness of respiratory care in controlling these costs is questioned.
Each state society appoints a member to represent their constituency directly in Washington DC. This year the SCSRC representatives and students will travel to Washington DC on April 4th, 2017, or “Hill Day”. Hill Day is when all the states’ PACT members travel to DC to meet individually with their Representatives in Congress and ask for their support of our legislation. For 2017, our profession is requesting to include respiratory therapists in any telehealth legislation introduced into this Congress rather than supporting a single bill. We are also asking Congress to include language in the FY 2018 Labor-HHS Appropriations Report that would task the Medicare program to conduct an analysis of COPD claims data and report back to Congress on the findings which will help demonstrate the clinical expertise and value respiratory therapists bring to improving their patients’ health outcomes in a variety of settings. You can read more details about this year’s advocacy by visiting http://c.aarc.org/advocacy/lobby_week/.
It takes more than one voice to be heard in DC. This is where you can make a difference and promote the Respiratory Care profession. Please write, email, call, or ask to meet directly with your district’s Representative, and discuss your wish for their support. You can find your Senators and Representative at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/SC. Respiratory Care providers, students, physicians, patients, caregivers, and supporters/friends can easily send an email or printed letter to the House and Senate via an editable message provided at Capitol Connections via http://capwiz.com/aarc/issues/?style=D.
The SCSRC is looking for nominations for the 2017 Department of the Year, Practitioner of the Year, Entry Level Student Scholarships and the Trish Blakely Higher Education Scholarship. These will be presented formally at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting, during the Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. The conference is scheduled for September 6th, 7th and 8th.
If you know of someone who should be nominated, would like to nominate your department, or you qualify for one of the scholarships, please download the application as applicable, complete it and submit it to email@example.com. The deadline for all of these applications is June 1st, 2017. We are excited to hear from you!
Looking back on a whirlwind marathon of a week, I am reminded of just how blessed I am to be a part of such an excellent organization as the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care. We started on Tuesday with two pre-conference workshops; these were led by speakers that are outstanding in what they do. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Garry Kauffmann, Terry Volsko and David Wheeler on making these available for the attendees and for the excellent presentations.
Next was the inaugural poster presentation session; this was an impressive display of hard work, talent, knowledge; I could go on and on. This session was hosted by David Wheeler, Terry Volsko and Doug Laher, who all did excellent jobs in opening each presentation and keeping everything moving along. The wine and cheese reception was sponsored by WestMed; a big thank you to our WestMed friends for doing this for us!!! (more…)
It is with great pride that the 2016 election results were announced at the Business Meeting at the 45th SCSRC State Conference on September 7th, 2016. Out of 522 eligible voters in the state, (in order to be eligible you must be an AARC member), we had 88 ballots returned for a 16.8 % voter turnout. This represents the highest number of turnout in the SCSRC’s history. Thank you to all the AARC/SCSRC members who took the time to vote for the future of the state board! Your vote will help to shape our future! (more…)
"Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in South Carolina and affects approximately 15 percent of the adult population. Unfortunately, recent data suggests that almost half of the COPD-affected population in South Carolina remains undiagnosed. Despite good evidence-based guidelines for optimal care of COPD, the diagnosis, management, and outcomes for the disease are suboptimal and care is too often fragmented. Although tobacco cessation and avoidance are slowly advancing in South Carolina, 20 percent of COPD occurs in non-smokers, and this percentage will likely increase in the coming years. Therefore, a strategic plan must include other initiatives in addition to smoking cessation.
COPD is a disease that reflects notable disparities in South Carolina: less than 50 percent of COPD patients completed high school, and African-American males are a group with relatively high rates of undiagnosed disease. Individuals who have COPD need a variety of services to optimize their care, including access to medications, durable medical equipment providers, pulmonary rehabilitation services, and knowledgeable health care providers who understand and screen for the co-morbidities frequently associated with COPD. (more…)
Formed in December of 2015 with the vision of developing a network of information gathering and sharing, for disease management clinicians in the state.
We are seeking to be proactive in the development of our members in the area of Disease Management, changing the way we practice one day at a time. This AARC Committee will provide pertinent information to South Carolina practitioners in the form of web posts, social media, and events.
We are looking for those who would like to help carry this light into the present healthcare market.
If you are interested in serving, please utilize contact info below.
One of the many benefits of being a member of the SCSRC is having legislative advocacy on a state and national level to assist in the promotion of the of Respiratory Care. This year, the AARC is continuing its support of the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act, HR 2498. It is that time of year when we ask you to write or email your representatives and request their support of this important legislation. Please click on the link below and follow the prompts to contact our Senators and your representative. (There is also a link which will tell you who your representative is, if you are unsure.) SCSRC PACT
For a description of the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act and how it will change the practice of the Respiratory Therapy, see the MTPA Fact Page on our site. Please help us advocate for our profession and our patients, who deserve the very best of care.
Brooke Yeager, MSc, RRT
SCSRC PACT Chair
Let the Advocacy Begin! In a few short weeks over 130 respiratory therapists from nearly every state in the country will head to Washington, D.C. for the 17th annual Respiratory Therapy Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. They will be joined by an additional contingent of local RT students and pulmonary patients.
Respiratory therapists and their colleagues have spent the early part of this year scheduling meetings set for April 12th with their Congressional delegations to advocate for HR 2948 The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (“The Parity Act”). (more…)
2015: Year in Review
Thank you for a great 2015, and I am looking forward to another great 2016. With the continued growth and development of our state society, we each play an integral part in the future of our profession in South Carolina. It is my plan in 2016 to continue the outstanding work that has brought us to this point. In 2015, we brought the Summit Award back to our state and developed a robust scholarship program, including the presentation of the 1st Trish Blakely Award. The Trish Blakely Award was developed in honor of one of our state’s finest examples of professionalism and integrity. Trish Blakely was a founding member of our state society. In addressing professionalism, congratulations to our own Jakki Grimball as she assumes leadership of the House of Delegates as Speaker! What an honor and testament to our strong organization. We saw the improvement of our website and one of the truly best state conferences around! We have a lot to be proud of and we have a lot to look forward to. It won’t be easy, but with the talent of our SCSRC members, we can do anything. I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you this year in making our South Carolina Society once again, the Best in the Country!
Below are the goals for the SCSRC for 2016. (more…)
"The AARC has activated its Disaster Relief Fund for AARC members in South Carolina who sustained property loss or damage as a result of the severe flooding events that has affected several areas.
FEMA has declared 46 counties in the emergency declaration. Members can either apply online or by mail using our downloadable application form. Applications will be reviewed at the AARC executive office, and will then be sent on to the president of the state society for verification and a recommendation of action. (more…)
On September 9th, 2015, the SCSRC held its Annual Business Meeting to give updates from the officers of the society and to also present the awards that are given annually. President Amanda Richter gave her report, in which she announced that South Carolina has won the AARC’s Summit Award for 2015. This award is given to state societies that demonstrate outstanding work and contributions by a state society of the AARC. The award will be officially given at the Annual Business Meeting of the AARC on Sunday, November 8th, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. Congratulations to all who helped make this happen!
The Treasurer’s report was given by Selma Watson; Bryan Leatherwood announced the elections results. Those are as follows: President Elect – Clay Hall; Secretary – Charlotte Reikofski; Delegate – Suzi Westmoreland; Midlands Region Junior Director – Amanda Clark; Coastal Region Junior Director – Wayne Barfield; Pee Dee Region Junior Director – Bonny Crowder; Piedmont Region Junior Director – Chad Bishop.
The SCSRC and MUSC's own Brooke Yeager is featured in an AARC news article on telehealth. Congratulations Brooke!
Read the full article here: Telehealth and the RT
The South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care needs your help! We are seeking volunteers to serve as facility ambassadors from every Respiratory Care department in South Carolina.
SCSRC ambassadors serve as a liaison between the SCSRC and their department and hospital. We believe that staying in touch with local representation develops communication and enhances professional development.
Did you know that the SCSRC offers scholarships, gives awards, offers education and social events, and more? Build your resume, network, and grow your career. To become an SCSRC Facility Ambassador for your department and hospital you can apply using our online volunteer form by clicking here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information, the Ambassador webpage can be found here. We look forward to working with you!
What does a stylish therapist wear this summer? Well SCSRC Logoware is in style for any occasion. Support the SCSRC and get a nice shirt, or a ball cap, or a mug, or whatever you need! Let your coworkers know you support your state society. Click Here for more information and to order today.
I attended my first SCSRC BOD Meeting as a committee chair, on April 10, 2015. I had anticipated the event for months with some degree of trepidation and was concerned that I would not understand some fine point of the Roberts Rules of Order (http://www.rulesonline.com/) that govern the Parliamentary format of the meeting. From the outside it all seemed very imposing. But the reality of what I found was a surprisingly warm and friendly group of therapists from all over South Carolina, working diligently to improve Respiratory Care. Read More…
Bonny Crowder, from Waccamaw Community Hospital claims the ITC survey prize.
The SCSRC Information Technology Committee webpage is up and running at https://www.scsrc.org/it-committee/. Have a look and let us know what you think!
Happy New Year from the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care! We are gearing up for a great year and welcome your involvement with the SCSRC in the new year! We have many wonderful events planned for 2015, please check out our calendar.
We want to hear from you! Please tell us about your activities and events, you can now log them online under the Events tab. This information is used for our annual report, summit award application, and newsletter.
It’s not too late to get involved, please check out our Officiary page to get in touch with a board member or committee chair. Want to find out the latest news or see what we are all about? Please join us at our next meeting 1/23/15 at Lexington Medical Center. You can register here. Please join our e-mail list and like us on Facebook for the most current news and information. Have a safe and wonderful New Year!
Amanda M Richter
2015 SCSRC President
The SCSRC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that our own delegate, Jakki Grimball was elected Speaker-Elect of the House of Delegates for the American Association for Respiratory Care.
Jakki Grimball was honored to learn that she had been elected Speaker-Elect at this year's AARC International Congress event. "This is a great honor...I am still in disbelief," said Jakki upon learning of the nomination. Jakki was nominated at the July House of Delegates (HOD) meeting and was elected and sworn in during the HOD meeting in Las Vegas on December 7th and 8th, 2014.
As Speaker-Elect, Jakki will:
After serving a one year term as Speaker-Elect, Jakki will serve as Speaker of the House. Please join us in congratulating Jakki on such an outstanding achievement!
Members, we need your help! Committees are the backbone of the SCSRC. We need people who are willing to give their energy, talents, and time necessary to achieve the goals and objectives of the SCSRC for 2015. Committees meet on an as-needed basis, with advance notice being sent to Committee members. If you are an active AARC member and are interested in serving as a Committee Chairperson, or on a Committee or Task Force, please complete this form, SCSRC 2015 Committee Interest Form, and please join us if you can at our next board meeting on 10/31/14 (https://www.scsrc.org/events/scsrc-board-of-directors-meeting-5/). Please submit completed forms no later than 11/30/2014 by email to email@example.com.
The recipient of the SCSRC Practitioner of the Year for 2014 has been an RRT for 17 years and holds an Associate’s Degree from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. She currently works at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC where she serves as a charge therapist for the Pulmonary Function Testing Lab. She participates in pulmonary research projects and is currently pursuing a clinical project to earn a level III status. She readily volunteers to assist with the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care including many Coastal Region events. She is frequently recognized by her patients and her peers for her outstanding patient care. On behalf of the SCSRC, I am pleased to recognize Janice Quinn, RRT, CPFT as SCSRC 2014 Respiratory Practitioner of the Year!
Editor's note: Conference photos are now on the SCSRC website.
Many thanks to Ed Bolds for his fine photography.
If you missed out on this event, you can check us out at the upcoming Coastal Region Meeting in Charleston on October 24, 2014. Come celebrate Respiratory Care Week with us and get some CE hours too. Don’t forget that license renewal is quickly approaching us this spring. And BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – one of our most popular and highest rating speakers from the state meeting, Dr. Clawson, will be here to speak in October! Don’t miss this opportunity! Hope to see you there.
I am very excited for the opportunity to step in as the President-elect for the SCSRC. As respiratory therapists, we are in a unique position to really own our profession and take it to the next level. But in order to do so we need the continued support of membership because the larger we are the stronger our profession will be. I urge you to please join or renew your AARC membership if you have let it lapse. Members, I encourage you to get involved with the society because we need you! All members are invited to join us at our Board of Directors meetings each quarter.
HR 2619, when enacted, will allow Medicare recipients, diagnosed with COPD, Asthma, Pulmonary Hypertension, Cystic Fibrosis and Pulmonary Fibrosis, access to the services of a qualified respiratory therapist in the doctor’s office or alternate outpatient settings. (more…)
Patricia “Trish” Blakely passed away on September 9th, 2013. Trish’s untimely passing was a surprise to everyone who knew her. Trish was responsible for helping to advance the field of Respiratory Care to the professional level that we all enjoy today, and she was passionate towards everything that she pursued. Although Trish may have “ruffled some feathers” along the way, she was never selfish and always had the therapists and her profession’s best interest in mind. Now a little about her personal side and a few of her career accomplishments…….
Trish spent her life caring for others. She received her associate degree in and earned her national registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 1975. She completed her BA degree at Central Wesleyan College. Trish began her career at Baptist Hospital as a respiratory therapist and was later promoted to Assistant Director for Respiratory Care. She also worked at Richland Memorial Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Trish expanded her career into home care where she was the Southeast Division Clinical Manager for Apria Healthcare.
Trish was a gifted respiratory therapist and very active in many state and national organizations for respiratory care. Among her accomplishments, she was recognized as the Delegate of the Year by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 1996 and subsequently served as President of the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care in 1998. She was elected to the American Association for Respiratory Care Board of Directors in 2002 and was appointed by the South Carolina Department for Labor, Licensing and Regulation to serve as the Chairman of the Respiratory Care Licensing Committee from 1998-2002 and again in 2006-2010. She was honored to become a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2010, and received one of her highest professional accomplishments when she was recognized with the 2013 Thomas L. Petty, MD Invacare Award for Excellence in Home Care. Trish was admired and respected by all her colleagues and was a mentor to hundreds of respiratory therapists, nurses and physicians in the span of her 40 year career.
Trish was born in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of Paul Henry Kauffman and the late Lucy Glancy Kauffman.
Besides her husband Blake, and her father Paul, Trish is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Rose Blakely of Columbia, SC; brother, Paul “Kip” Kauffman, Jr. (Diane) of Elgin, SC and sister, Grace Snell (Eric) of Lexington, SC.
In order to properly recognize Trish’s significant contribution to the profession of respiratory care, the SCSRC Board of Directors has renamed the Practitioner of the Year Award to: The Patricia “Trish” Blakely Professional Excellence Award.
Every year, the SCSRC program committee works to develop a theme for the annual state conference held in Myrtle Beach. This year the committee wanted to choose a theme that would echo our State Society's commitment to public service. In light of this, the SCSRC decided that this year's theme was to be "Community Service: RTs helping those in need." Volunteering is the perfect way to feel connected to your community. The simple act of offering your skills and enthusiasm will positively impact the lives of others, as well as your own. (more…)
Several people have requested copies of some of the PowerPoint presentations from lectures at the meeting. Here are links to two of them. More will be added if they become available.
(To download, right-click on the link(s) and save the file.)