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PACT Report November 2011

  • We are now on Facebook! There is one group under NM Society for Respiratory Care PACT and another one dedicated just to the NMSRC. Each group already has over 100 members; Adda has been updating it as much as possible and has also made Roger Willcoxen an administrator on the group page. Please add yourself to these groups! The AARC is very active on Facebook and Twitter so we’re trying to model our pages after theirs.
  • On Friday, October 28, 2011 the PACT had a booth at Cottonwood mall and performed spirometry and screening for lung disease. A representative from the mayor’s office brought us a proclamation to make that day “Respiratory Care Day.” Robert Quintela and Adda have pictures and will post them on our Facebook page soon. One of our goals for next year is to have the governor give us a proclamation for respiratory care week.
  • Robert Quintela and Adda Garcia McDonald attended the AARC-PAC meeting at the AARC conference in Tampa last week at the AARC Congress. The meeting was very productive; the respiratory care initiative needs a lot of help and support from Congress, us, and the public. It was decided that our presence on Capitol Hill every year is imperative. Even if some of our bills haven’t passed yet, they need to see respiratory therapists present each year. We also discussed having more training/mentoring for the RT’s that will be going to Washington, DC in March. Robert has begun training and mentoring Adda for the AARC’s Capitol Hill Day in March. More information to come as it is available.