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Good Press: AARC Members in the News

May 31, 2011

Karla Provost
Karla Provost

Kitty Hernlen
Kitty Hernlen

Alicia McCracken
Alicia McCracken

Susan McQuade
Susan McQuade

Michael Shoemaker
MIchael Shoemaker

Ed Azares
Ed Azares

Aleen Huston
Aleen Huston

John Hill
John Hill

Geoff Neilson
Geoff Neilson

  • Karla Provost is noted for giving a talk on lung health and diabetes to a local American Diabetes Association meeting in this article in the Brainerd, MN, Dispatch.
  • Rose Darin is one of a dozen citizens in her community to be appointed to a Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee set up by the mayor to come up with ways of balancing next year’s budget in this article in the Wyandotte, MI, Patch. “We have a really diverse group of people on this committee. I am very interested in hearing everyone’s ideas,” Rose was quoted as saying.
  • Leslie Flater is noted for receiving the 2011 Father Klimek Healing Presence Award from her hospital in this article in the Eau Clarie, WI, Leader-Telegram. “Through her ability, sensitivity and compassion with our patients and families, Leslie embodies the mission of the Hospital Sisters,” Senior Chaplain Monsignor Edmund Klimek was quoted as saying.
  • Kitty Hernlen’s new research project on indoor air quality in the schools, funded by a $30,000 grant, is the topic of this article in the Augusta, GA, Chronicle. The grant will also allow Kitty and her students to host an Asthma Mini-Camp for students and their parents during the 2011–2012 school year.
  • Fran Ahel is noted for receiving the Living the Mission award from her hospital in this article in the Fort Worth, TX, Star-Telegram.
  • Morgan Mora talks about the great RT education she received at Midwestern State University in this article in the Wichita Falls, TX, Times Record News. “I fell in love with this career,” Morgan was quoted as saying. “If I could be half the therapist that any of my professors are, I would be saying a lot.” Morgan and her twin sister Meredith graduated in May. 
  • LaShunda Nunnery is noted for receiving a scholarship from the Georgia Society for Respiratory Care in this article in the Coosa Valley News out of Northwest Georgia/Northeast Alabama. GSRC Scholarship Chair Alicia McCracken offers her congratulations.
  • Susan McQuade comments on her hospital’s upcoming asthma camp for kids in this article in the Abilene, TX, Reporter News. “Millions of people in the U.S. have asthma,” she was quoted as saying, “and we have a big population in our area who suffer.”
  • Michael Shoemaker is noted for helping to organize an annual Teddy Bear Clinic designed to help ease the fears kids have when they receive medical care in this article in the Anderson, SC, Independent Mail. “It lets the child see what might be done to them,” he said of the pretend clinic for stuffed animals. “It’s also good for parents because sometimes they are more nervous than the kids.”
  • Melissa Begin’s win in the Toronto Marathon is featured in this video on the CityNews website out of Toronto.
  • Shelly DuBois comments in this article in the Kennebec Journal out of Augusta, ME, about growing concerns over student debt, noting that for her, taking out a loan to cover the cost of her education was the right decision. She graduated last year and is now working as an RT.
  • Shannon Sheltra is noted for receiving a $60,000 scholarship to further her education in this in the North Andover, MA, Eagle Tribune. A single mom and lifelong asthmatic, Shannon decided to pursue her RT degree after personal hardships forced her horse farm into foreclosure. She’s now been accepted into the pre-med program at Tuft University and wants to eventually become a pediatric pulmonologist.
  • Cara Bernard’s daughter Sarah is profiled in this article in the News Transcript out of New Jersey. The 18-year-old has struggled with life long health problems resulting from her premature birth but has gone to become an accomplished musician. She recently received a new flute and oboe from an organization that grants the wishes of children living with chronic conditions.
  • Ed Azares is featured in this article in the Virginian-Pilot out of Norfolk, VA, about the good work done by his hospital’s pediatric transport team, noting the importance of connecting with his young patients to ensure they get the best care. “If they don’t like you, they will tell you they don’t like you,” he was quoted as saying.
  • Aleen Huston writes about how to handle seasonal allergies in this health column in the Daily Triplicate out of Crescent City, CA, quoting AARC COO Thomas Kallstrom on the importance of knowing your asthma triggers. 
  • Angrae Johnson is noted for speaking at his recent graduation in this article in the Arlington, VA, Sun Gazette. “We have all persevered through the tough times,” the Presidential Scholar in respiratory therapy told his fellow students. “All that hard work has paid off—achieving one of life’s biggest accomplishments.”
  • Jenny Kirchner is pictured in this article in the Fond du Lac, WI, Reporter about her recent commencement ceremony. 
  • John Hill talks about his hospital’s new pulmonary rehabilitation program in this article in the Burlington Country, NJ, Times. “We are finding really good results so far,” he said of the 70 patients currently enrolled. “It’s something I wish we had years ago.”
  • Harrison Smith comments on his brand new job as an RT in this article in the Columbia, MO, Daily Tribune. “They’re so smart and nice and willing to share their knowledge,” he said of his new co-workers. “I really want to learn as much as I can.”
  • Geoff Neilson is noted for being named president of the newly created respiratory care strategic business unit at ResMed in this article in HomeCare Magazine. The new unit will focus on COPD.
  • Deborah Patten comments in this article on the CityBeat website out of Cincinnati, OH, about water safety, and Kathleen Turner’s article in one of the AARC’s Transport Bulletins is quoted.
 
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