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Good Press: AARC Members in the News

October 12, 2010

Your fellow AARC members continue to make headlines around the country—

Dr. Fred Helmholz

Shawna Strickland

Francis Almonor

Dian Slavens

Karen Chambly


  • Peg Traband is featured for winning this year’s Jimmy A. Young Medal, which she’ll receive at the upcoming AARC Congress in Las Vegas, in this article in the UT News published by the University of Toledo. (You can read more about Peg and her accomplishments in your October issue of AARC Times.)
  • Dr. Fred Helmholz is profiled in this article in the August issue of Generations of Today. The physician, who will turn 100 next year, is credited with helping to establish the educational foundations of respiratory care back in the 1950s and ’60s.

  • Curtis Varner comments on heart disease in this article on the WCTV website about a recent chili cook-off held at his hospital to raise funds for the condition. 
  • Mark Seager is noted for working with the American Sleep Apnea Association on a program that accepts donations of used CPAP equipment to give to people who can’t afford the devices in this article in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, Star Tribune.
  • Janie Castro Rios and her students receive kudos for winning first and second place honors in their state society Sputum Bowl competition in this article in the Mountain Home, AR, Baxter Bulletin.
  • Shawna Strickland talks about COPD screening via the Drive4COPD campaign in this article in the Columbia, MO, Daily Tribune, noting RTs in her community are hosting several events to get the word out, including a screening at a local festival dubbed “Roots ’N Blues ’N BBQ.”
  • Janel Glass draws attention to COPD and the Drive4COPD campaign as well, in this article and video on the NBC-TV affiliate out of Bismarck, ND, that specifically notes the North Dakota Society for Respiratory Care’s involvement.
  • Mark Harrington comments on the upswing in asthma patients that always accompanies the beginning of a new school year in this article in the Farmington, NM, Daily Times. “Kids start coming in because they are exposed to so many different bugs. That’s just the nature of the beast of being back in school,” he was quoted as saying.
  • Gloria Morris is noted for completing the Healthcare Emergency Management course offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness in this article in the Lewiston, ME, Sun-Journal. The center is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Walt Wilson reports great results for a local cystic fibrosis walk he organized at his college in this article in the Natchez, MS, Democrat. The walk raised nearly $2,150 for the CF Foundation. 
  • Francis Almonor shares his story about the Haiti earthquake that left his sister severely injured in this touching radio broadcast on WUNC. (You may remember Francis’s story from this article on the AARC website back in February.)
  • Dian Slavens is back in the news as she runs for reelection to the Michigan State House of Representatives this November. This article in the Belleville, MI, View outlines the contributions she made during her first term in office.
  • Karen Chambly is noted for her new job as director of respiratory therapy and neuro sleep services in this article on out of Northwest Indiana.
And last but not least, Tahoe Pacific Hospitals in Reno, NV, tout their receipt of the AARC’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in this press release on PRNewswire.
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