AARC Election 2021 – Meet RCSW Candidate Carl Hinkson

All Active and Life members as of Sept. 4, 2020 of the American Association for Respiratory Care may vote online for 2021 officers, directors-at-large, and the specialty section chair* positions.

* NOTE – Only specialty section members may vote for specialty section chairs.

Voting Opens Via Email on Sept. 9. Because the voting system validates your AARC membership, you can only vote by clicking on the link in the email you receive. If you did not receive an email and believe you are eligible to vote, please do the following:

  • Wait until you receive a weekly reminder email, or
  • Write to Tim Myers and request that the emailed invitation to vote be sent to you.
  • Check your spam/junk mail folder. These emails sometimes end up in your spam folder based on your settings or those of your email software. This seems to be a problem with Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and some institutions with tight firewalls. If you find your invitation email in you spam folder, the link will probably be disabled so you will need to move the email back into your inbox and the links should work.

Eligible AARC members will receive an email invitation to vote on Sept. 9 near midnight and weekly reminders thereafter. Voting polls will close on Oct. 9 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
Director, Pulmonary Service Line

AARC Activities:

  • Member, Board of Directors, 2018–2020
  • Member, Adult Acute Care Section, 1996
  • Chair, Adult Acute Care Section, 2018–2020
  • Member, Management Section 2012
  • Special Representative, American Physical Therapy Association, Clinical Practice
  • Guideline for the Identification and Evaluation of Post-Intensive Care Syndrome 2012

House of Delegates Activities:

  • Delegate, Respiratory Care Society of Washington, 2012–2018
  • Chair, Professional Volunteerism & Mentoring Committee, 2013–2018

Affiliate Activities:

  • President, Respiratory Care Society of Washington, 2010
  • Vice President, 2006–2007
  • Delegate, 2013–2018
  • Chapter President, 2005
  • Co-chair, Program Committee, 2013, 2015, & 2017
  • Legislative co-chair, 2012–2013
  • Chair, Communications committee 2012–2013
  • Member, Student Engagement Committee, 2015–2016


  • Master of Science, Respiratory Care Leadership, Northeastern University, Boston 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, Respiratory Care, University of Kansas, 2008
  • Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care, Highline Community College, 1996


  • Ohtake PJ, Lee AC, Coffey-Scott J, Hinman RS, Ali AN, Hinkson CR, Needham DM, Shutter L, Smith-Gabai H, Spires MC, Theile A, Wiencek C, Smith J. Physical Impairment Associated With Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: Systematic Review Based on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Framework. Physical Therapy 2018;98(8):631645.
  • LaRoche KD, Hinkson CR, Thomazin BT, Minton-Foltz P, Carlbom DJ. Impact of an Electronic Medical Record Screening Tool and Therapist Driven Protocol on Length of Stay and Hospital Re-admission for COPD. Respir Care 2016;61(9):1137-1143.
  • Dickson RP, Hotchkin DL, Lamm WJ, Hinkson C, Pierson DJ, Glenny RW, Rubinson L. A Porcine Model for Initial Surge Mechanical Ventilator Assessment and Evaluation of Two Limited Function Ventilators. Crit Care Med 2011;39(3):527-532.
  • Hinkson CR, Kaur N, Sipes MW, Pierson DJ. Impact of Offering Continuing Respiratory Care Education Credits Hours on Staff Participation in a Respiratory Care Journal Club. Respir Care 2011;56(3):303-5

Elections Committee Questions:

Within your role, and if given the opportunity, how would you incorporate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to uphold, update, and uplift the AARC as an organization, all AARC affiliates, and all AARC members?

As the premier organization representing respiratory therapists the opportunity to promote diversity first comes from listening to the voice of the membership. In my experience, the respiratory therapy profession frequently mirrors the population they serve better than other members of the healthcare team. It is well established that young people are inspired by seeing professionals that look like them doing important work like healthcare. AARC is in a great position to support this ongoing effort to be inclusive and welcoming to underrepresented groups. We know that diversity of representation and different viewpoints can lead to action items that promote equity and inclusion. As a Director at Large, I would prioritize listening to the membership in order to understand, promote, and take action on initiatives that promote these causes.

What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?

The membership is the lifeblood of the AARC. I believe the greatest opportunity for increasing membership can be found by engaging with respiratory therapy students as they transition into the workforce. The RT professional leadership, including affiliate leaders and AARC BOD members all have a fiduciary responsibility to convey the value and importance the role the AARC plays in their profession. The Covid pandemic this year highlight precisely why the AARC is so important. No other organization worked harder to get important and factually correct information relevant to RT’s as did the AARC.

Role-Specific Questions:

Your role as Director-at-large is to represent the general AARC membership. If given the opportunity to represent, how have you prepared or educated yourself to adequately represent the national membership?

I have spent many years serving in professional volunteerism roles. I became involved in my state society in 2005 as a way of getting involved with my profession and supporting the respiratory profession. I filled various small roles for a few years and then was elected president in 2010 of the Respiratory Care Society of Washington. I also served as Delegate from 2013-2017. I have also served as the Adult Acute Care Section chair from 2018 to 2020. Each of these opportunities have helped prepare me for the challenge of representing the entirety of the respiratory therapy profession.

AARC Election 2021