J.C. Blair Respiratory Therapist Dennis Mills, II, RRT gives a breathing treatment to patient Eva Stone in the Cardiopulmonary Department. Mills is one of nine Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital. Other RRTs include: Cardiopulmonary Director Craig Cloud, RRT, CPFT; Jessica Ammerman, RRT; Jason Conner, RRT; Nadia Harker, RRT; Sherry Hoover, RRT; Kristan Myers, RRT (eligible); Deb Querry BS, RRT; and Kevin Reed, RRT (eligible).
Respiratory Therapists Help Patients Breathe Easier
Breathe easier. Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) are on staff in J.C. Blair’s Cardiopulmonary Department to help patients breathe easier using some of the latest technologies available. The Hospital recognizes its respiratory therapists during National Respiratory Care Week, October 23-29, 2011.
“We are very proud of our hard working, knowledgeable and dedicated respiratory therapists at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital,” said J.C. Blair President & CEO Joseph J. Peluso.
J.C. Blair’s respiratory therapists provide both testing and therapy for lung related illnesses from newborns to the elderly, working closely with doctors to generate proper care plans for patients. They are a part of the “Rapid Response Team” and “Code Response Team” for emergency resuscitation procedures. J.C. Blair’s nine registered respiratory therapists are credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care and are licensed by the state as Respiratory Care Practitioners. Many of the respiratory therapists have over 20 years experience. Two therapists are board certified in performing sleep apnea testing also.
J.C. Blair has recently acquired a new pulmonary function testing system to perform lung function testing, new sleep lab systems to perform sleep apnea testing, and has also opened a new Cardiac Rehabilitation Program with a new telemetry system for monitoring rehab patients. All three systems equate to over $100,000 in new equipment to better serve patients with a cardiopulmonary illness. The staff performs free lung screenings which consists of a lung screening and pulse oximetry reading. The two measurements give a good indication of the amount of oxygen in the blood, how the lungs are functioning, and if there are any signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) present. COPD generally includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema and can also include asthma. Having this disease makes breathing difficult due to swollen, inflamed airways, damaged air sacs in the lungs, and excess mucus. The lung screening and pulse oximetry reading can indicate the amount of damage that has been done before any signs of the disease occur. Free lung screenings for smokers and those exposed to smoke are offered the first Wednesday of the month in the Cardiopulmonary Department from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. or by appointment by calling (814) 643-8645.
J.C. Blair Cardiopulmonary Department works closely with the HMJ PATCH program for smoking cessation counseling for patients who desire to quit. If interested in quitting smoking or smokeless tobacco, please call the HMJ PATCH Program at 1-866-377-1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about J.C. Blair’s Cardiopulmonary Department services and its registered respiratory therapists, visit http://www.jcblair.org/services/cardiopulmonary.php or call (814) 63-8645.