Scholarship Recipients Announced at the 40th Annual RCSW State Conference

Join the RCSW in congratulating the recipients of the Respiratory Care Society of Washington Advanced Degree and Two Year Scholarships for 2013: Brandi Muilenberg, RRT; Jen Petlig, RRT; Justin Graham, RRT-NPS, AE-C; Bill Middlebrook, Tacoma CC; Randy Hathaway, PIMA; Aya Kikuchi, Spokane CC; Farnooch Rahmani, Seattle Central CC; and Lucy Kiruki, Highline CC.

The Ben and Bonnie Benson Advanced Degree Scholarship was established this year by Michael and Kathy Benson in honor of his parents, Ben and Bonnie. Michael “Benny” Benson was instrumental in ground breaking auto-PEEP research in the 1980’s and is a retired Clinical Specialist/RCP from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Mike Sipes Foundation Advanced Degree Scholarship was also established this year. Mike Sipes was a Respiratory Care Department Manager at Virginia Mason and a Clinical Specialist at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Mike had a passion for the advancement of Respiratory Care and to that end, his wife, Cindy, and daughter, Michelle, established the Mike Sipes Foundation to continue his support.

The Drive4COPD Challenge

Calling on all Respiratory Therapists in Washington State!  We have been challenged by the AARC and the COPD Foundation to get at least 467 COPD screeners completed  by November 8th. The DRIVE4COPD is a public health initiative that aims to raise public awareness of COPD utilizing Respiratory Therapist to interact with the community and survey […]

Message from the Washington State Department of Health

In 2012 the Legislature passed ESHB 2366 “The Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Treatment and Management Training Act of 2012” now RCW43.70.442. The law requires that certain professions are trained in the assessment, treatment and management of potentially suicidal individuals. The law also requires that a study be conducted to help answer several questions about suicide education and prevention. Questions include what is the current level of training that healthcare professionals receive regarding suicide and which healthcare professions might best impact potentially suicidal individuals? …

Gary Wickman elected to the AARC board of directors

Gary WickmanThe Respiratory Care Society of Washington is very proud to pass on that one of our own, Gary Wickman, has been elected to the AARC board of directors. Head over to our facebook page and pass on your personal congratulations to Gary & good luck

The RCSW at the Puyallup Fair

Are you interested in helping the RCSW promote better lung health? Do you like the Puyallup Fair? The RCSW has been provided a health booth at the 2012 Puyallup Fair and we are presently seeking individuals from the Respiratory Care profession to help organize and staff the booth! Our primary goal is to provide information and […]

RCSW Establishes New Award to Recognize Outstanding Professional Service

The Robert A. Bonner Award for Outstanding Professional Service award was established by the Respiratory Care Society of Washington to recognize outstanding contribution to the profession and practice of respiratory care in Washington State. Announced at the 2012 annual business meeting held at the 39th State conference in Spokane, this will be an yearly award recognizing Washington State respiratory care practitioners who have made considerable contributions to the RC field. Awardees will be announced during the annual business meetings and a plaque containing all the names of the recipients will be displayed during the conference.

The inaugural recipient is also the individual for whom the award was named: Robert Bonner, Med RRT.