The week of October 21st, 2012 was designated as National Respiratory Care Week. Each year this week is a great opportunity to recognize the members of PPMC’s Respiratory Care Department and the Pulmonary Function Lab for their contributions. These clinicians are vital members of the interdisciplinary team, throughout the hospital. They provide respiratory assessment, diagnostics, ventilator management, treatment modalities, response to codes and rapid calls, transport of our intubated patients, and bedside bronchoscopy assist, and more. These folks are truly valued health care professionals.
This year, the department honored the memory of a beloved coworker, Elaine Grant, RRT, who was a Clinical Supervisor on the night shift and a member of the department for 25 years. Elaine passed away in May 2012, after her own struggle with pulmonary disease. The members of the Respiratory staff held a mobile, three-day bake sale, with proceeds benefiting a pulmonary foundation. Successfully, $856 was raised and will be donated. Thank you to all at PPMC who supported the department by indulging in the delicious baked treats.