The Nebraska Society for Respiratory Care was awarded the 2019 Summit Award during the Annual Business Meeting held at AARC Congress in New Orleans on Nov. 10, 2019.
Receiving the 2019 Summit Award in the photo above were, from left: President Lil O'Neill; Outstate Director Kristin Narjes, Past President Lisa Fuchs, NSRC Delegate Shannon Hoffman, Lanny Inabnit from the AARC chartered affiliate committee, and AARC President Karen Schell.
Each year, the American Association for Respiratory Care’s House of Delegates recognizes one affiliate for their efforts, achievements and contributions toward the promotion of the respiratory care field and in furthering the level the professionalism for respiratory care and the respiratory therapist.
2019 Respiratory Care Week started Sunday, Oct. 20 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 26.
"This is a great chance to reach out to our community, patients, and colleagues, and share your story," said Lil O'Neill, NSRC president. "Let them know about the many unique benefits respiratory therapists bring each day to patient care."
Lisa Fuchs and Linda Nelson from the NSRC, above, joined other AARC members in Washington, D.C. for PACT 2019. Below, Linda with with Rep. Adrian Smith, R-NE.
On May 2 Rep. Michael Thompson, D-CA, introduced HR 2508 with three other co-sponsors (Rep. Cox D-CA, Rep. Carter R-GA and Rep. Kelly R-GA). On May 10, another co-sponsor was added: a Republican from PA. So before the VLC Reboot, we had a sponsor and four co-sponsors, according to Lisa Fuchs, NSRC President.
VLC Reboot officially ended at 11:59 PM on May 23. Over the 10 days of the campaign, we added seven co-sponsors that have been published as of May 23, and know of others that once published will be considered achieved by this campaign. "To date that means we have the sponsor and 11 co-sponsors, all of which were achieved not only through the work of our PACT Hill Day, but the follow-up with our VLC Reboot and the 5,068 people who took the time to advocate and send 19,020 messages to Congress!" Fuchs said.
A message from NSRC President Lisa Fuchs:
Dear AARC members,
I have applied for flood relief dollars through the AARC. Please accept the AARC’s assistance in helping you rebuild your life. I am proud to be an AARC member and amazed at their generosity in reaching out to support their members. I am attaching the link for AARC members to apply for the Disaster Relief grant monies. http://www.aarc.org/aarc-activates-disaster-relief-fund-03-19/
The AARC has kicked off its 2019 Virtual Lobby Campaign, which runs through April 10. Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is scheduled for April 9.
The AARC is asking House members to co-sponsor the Better Respiration Through Expanding Access to Tele-Health Act (the BREATHE Act) when introduced and Senators to support introduction of a companion bill.