Achievement Awards

Achievement Awards

The ARCF presents the following awards to professionals in order to recognize their dedication and commitment in the respiratory care field. ARCF Trustees select the award recipients. Applications now being accepted. Deadline for nominations for each of the following awards will be June 1.

Awards include airfare, one night lodging and registration for the AARC Congress 2018. Awards presented at the AARC Awards Ceremony.

Mitchell A. Baran Achievement Award for Clinical Excellence in Aerosol and Airway Clearance Therapies

This annual achievement award was established in 2016 to honor the memory and legacy of Mitchell A. Baran, founder and Chairman of the Trudell Medical Group, a global manufacturer of medical devices. Monaghan Medical Corporation, the subsidiary of Trudell Medical, is a leading innovator in the evidence-based delivery of aerosolized medications and airway clearance therapies.

General Information

Throughout his long and distinguished career, Mr. Baran was unwavering in his commitment to the necessity of basing product development and subsequent application on a foundation of established scientific evidence, coupled with the clinical expertise of those using such devices.

An endowment has been established in the American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF) to recognize and honor those individuals demonstrating clinical excellence and leadership in advocating and promoting the use of evidence-based, clinically sound practices for the delivery of aerosolized medications and/or the application of non-pharmacologic airway clearance therapies.

Recipients of this award will receive a cash prize of $2,500, a piece of engraved crystal and round-trip coach airfare, with two nights lodging and registration, to the Annual AARC Congress for the year in which the award is bestowed.

Eligibility and Nominating Procedure:

At the beginning of each calendar year, the ARCF will invite nominations for the Mitchell A. Baran award from the AARC’s Board of Medical Advisors (BOMA), the Board of Directors of the American Association for Respiratory Care, the Trustees of the American Respiratory Care Foundation, and the National Board for Respiratory Care. The ARCF Board of Trustees in consultation with the Board of Medical Advisors Chair will make the final selection for the award recipient. Eligible candidates will, at minimum, possess the registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credential and be an active member of the AARC for at least seven years. It is anticipated that nominees will also have a record of voluntary service to the AARC and/or related professional organizations, with special emphasis given to those individuals exhibiting demonstrable clinical leadership skills.

A completed nomination must include the following:

  • A description of the nominee’s professional background (i.e. a current curriculum vitae)
  • A detailed narrative describing the nominee’s achievements in advocating and promoting excellence in the delivery of aerosolized mediations, airway clearance therapy and the impact such activities have had on patients, their families, and other clinicians, and
  • A brief notation on clinical research activities undertaken to further and strengthen the knowledge base of aerosol medicine and non-pharmacologic airway clearance therapy.

Completed nominations must be received by the ARCF Executive Office no later than June 1 of the calendar year in which the award is to be bestowed.

Upon selection, the nominee will be so notified and invited to attend the Award Ceremony, held in conjunction with the AARC’s Annual Congress. The recipient of the award will also be invited to attend the annual BOMA Reception for further recognition and accolades.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—Joseph L. Rau Jr., PhD, RRT, FAARC
  • 2016—Gregory Burns, RRT
  • 2015—Allison Anderson
  • 2014—Kari Armstrong
  • 2013—John W. Newhart, RRT, RCP
  • 2012—Jinxiang Xi, PhD
  • 2011—Maher Mubarak AlQuaimi
  • 2010—Susan A. Roark
  • 2009—Robert Chatburn, RRT-NPS, FAARC
  • 2008—Arzu Ari, PhD
  • 2007—Ken Thigpen, BS, RRT
  • 2006—Lisa Cracchiolo, RRT
  • 2005—Hui-Ling Lin, MS, RRT
  • 2004—Kathy Ehlers, BA, RRT
  • 2003—Christopher M. Piccuito, RRT
  • 2002—Robert H. Estetter, RRT and Idichandi Idicula, MS, RRT
  • 2001—Jason Higgins, RRT
  • 2000—Christine Dillman, BA, RRT
  • 1999—Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC
  • 1998—Robert Dickerson, MS, RRT
  • 1997—James B. Fink, MS, RRT and Rick Kita, RRT
  • 1996—Michael McPeck, RRT
  • 1995—James B. Fink, MS, RRT, RCP
  • 1994—Robert Gorman, RRT
  • 1993—Dean Hess, MEd, RRT
  • 1992—Signe M. Renshaw
  • 1991—Becky Dukart

Forrest M. Bird, MD, PhD, ScD Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award

This award was established in 1983 to acknowledge outstanding individual scientific contributions in the area of respiratory care of cardiopulmonary disorders with a grant from Dr. Forrest M. Bird, MD, PhD, ScD. Dr. Bird is the founder of Bird Products Corporation, a manufacturer of respiratory care equipment.

General Information

This award consists a plaque, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018.

Nomination Procedure Nominations will be invited from the AARC Board of Medical Advisors, the Board of Directors of the American Association for Respiratory Care, the Trustees of the American Respiratory Care Foundation, National Board for Respiratory Care and the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Nominees must have authored (or co-authored) at least 25 peer reviewed publications listed on Pubmed.gov that: a) clearly demonstrate the important contributions that the nominee has made to the science of respiratory care; b) provide evidence that the nominee was a principal investigator/author on the work; and c) shows a commitment to scientific process. Previous award recipients have generally been established investigators at either teaching institutions or non-profit organizations and usually have in excess of 150 PubMed citations.

The nominating group is responsible for submitting the following: A complete and current biographical report on their nominee (curriculum vitae). Only one nominee (who is not a past recipient of the award) is allowed from each group.

A statement, including data, which indicates the basis for the nomination, keeping the principle criterion of “outstanding scientific contributions” in mind. They should illustrate the nominee’s impact on respiratory care through the training of physicians and therapists, noting their accomplishments, and through publications and lectures.

A brief personal comment on their candidate’s interests and activities outside of medicine (i.e. civic, family, hobby).

All nominations must be received by the ARCF Executive Office no later than June 1, and the award will be presented by the American Respiratory Care Foundation during the AARC Awards Ceremony.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—Jim Fink, PhD, RRT, FAARC, FCCP
  • 2016—Marin H. Kollef, MD
  • 2015—John B. Downs, MD
  • 2014—John J. Marini, MD
  • 2013—Michael T. Newhouse, MD, MSc, FRCP(C), FACP
  • 2012—Patrick Dunne, MEd, RRT, FAARC
  • 2011—Brian Carlin, MD, FAARC
  • 2010—Ira M. Cheifetz, MD, FAARC
  • 2009—James K. Stoller, MD, MS
  • 2008—Bruce K. Rubin, MD, FAARC
  • 2007—Robert L. Chatburn, RRT-NPS, FAARC
  • 2006—Robert M. Kacmarek, PhD, RRT, FAARC
  • 2005—Richard D. Branson, MS, RRT, FAARC
  • 2004—Joseph L. Rau, Jr., PhD, RRT, FAARC
  • 2003—Robert Kirby, MD
  • 2002—Charlie G. Durbin, Jr., MD, FAARC
  • 2001—Neil R. MacIntyre, MD, FAARC
  • 2000—Martin J. Tobin, MD
  • 1999—Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC
  • 1998—Walter O’Donohue, Jr., MD
  • 1997—Alan H. Morris, MD
  • 1996—David J. Pierson, MD,FAARC
  • 1995—Leonard D. Hudson, MD
  • 1994—John F. Murray, MD
  • 1993—Peter Safar, MD
  • 1992—George A. Gregory, MD
  • 1991—Edward A. Gaensler, MD
  • 1990—John W. Severinghaus, MD
  • 1989—Roger C. Bone, MD
  • 1988—William F. Miller, MD, FAARC
  • 1987—H. Fredrick Helmholz, Jr., MD
  • 1986—Thomas L. Petty, MD
  • 1985—Claude Lenfant, MD
  • 1984—C. Everett Koop, MD, Surgeon General

Hector Leon Garza, MD International Achievement Award

Established in 2005, this award was both named for, and first bestowed to, Dr. Garza for his groundbreaking work in bringing the respiratory care profession to his native Mexico. The achievement award was established with grants from the ARCF and Monaghan/Trudell to recognize respiratory therapists, physicians, and other health care providers who have had a profound impact on the development of international respiratory care.

General Information

Over the past decade, Dr. Garza has successfully established training programs for RTs in his country and has also founded the Asociación Mexicana de Terapia Respiratoria AC, where he currently serves as president. Dr. Garza works closely with the AARC’s International Council for Respiratory Care and received the designation of AARC Fellow (FAARC) in 2001.

The award includes a crystal sculpture, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018. The recipient will be selected by September 1, and the award presented at the AARC Awards Ceremony.

Nomination Procedure
Nominations will be invited from the International Council for Respiratory Care (ICRC). To be considered, nominees must exemplify a dedication to:

  1. The advancement of safe, effective and ethical practice of respiratory care in their home country and at the International level.
  2. Promoting the clinical practice and educational development of high quality respiratory outcomes.
  3. Using evidence based standards of respiratory care appropriate to the special needs and resources of individual nations.
  4. Facilitating interdisciplinary communication regarding respiratory care between allied health professions, the medical specialities, nursing, service companies and the health care industry.
  5. Encouraging the creation and growth of related respiratory care organizations in their home country and internationally.
  6. Enhancing respiratory health promotion, disease prevention and rehabilitation for patients, care givers, and the general public as appropriate in their home country and internationally.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—Neil R. MacIntyre, MD, FAARC
  • 2016—Alberto Juan Lopez Bascope, MD
  • 2015— Jerome M. Sullivan, PhD, RRT, FAARC
  • 2014— Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC
  • 2013—David J. Pierson, MD, FAARC
  • 2012—Saverio P. Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC
  • 2011—Kook Hyun Lee
  • 2010—Stefano Nava
  • 2009—Kazunao Watanabe, MD
  • 2008—Gustavo Olguin
  • 2007—Sergio Zuffo, PT
  • 2006—Hassan L. Alorainy, BSRT, RRT
  • 2005—Hector Leon Garza, MD

Dr. Charles H. Hudson Award for Cardiopulmonary Public Health

The annual award recognizes efforts to positively influence the public’s awareness of cardiopulmonary health and wellness. Past recipients of this prestigious award include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Senator Frank Lautenberg, the American Lung Association, and the Allergy & Asthma Network—Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc.

General Information

The award is funded by an endowment from Hudson Respiratory Care, Inc., formerly Hudson Oxygen Therapy Sales Company, and was established in 1986 in honor of the company’s founder, Charles H. Hudson, DDS.

This award consists of a plaque, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018.

Nomination Procedure
Submit a typed letter of 1,000 words or less that answers each of the following questions as appropriate for the nominee. Nominees may include individuals, groups, or organizations whose primary effort has promoted cardiopulmonary health and wellness.

  1. How has the nominee promoted cardiopulmonary health and wellness? Outline and describe major activities, events, research, or public policy the nominee has affected.
  2. Describe how public cardiopulmonary health and awareness have been influenced through the efforts of the nominee.
  3. Why is the nominee a role model for others in terms of public health?
  4. How has the nominee promoted the objectives relative to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Healthy People 2000,” the federal agenda for a healthier America?
  5. Please include any supporting documentation and, in the case of an individual, a curriculum vitae, if available.

Nominations will be accepted at any time; however, the deadline for receiving nominations in the ARCF office is June 1. The award will be presented at the AARC Awards Ceremony.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—Congressman Gregg  Harper
  • 2016—John R. Garrison, MPA
  • 2015—William N. Rom, MD, MPH
  • 2014—Stanton A. Glantz, PhD
  • 2013—COPD Foundation
  • 2012—Melaine Giordano, MSc, RN, CPFT
  • 2011—Congressman Mike Ross
  • 2010—Not awarded
  • 2009—John Kattwinkel, MD
  • 2008—Ted and Grace Anne Koppel
  • 2007—Senator Michael Crapo
  • 2006—John W. Walsh
  • 2005—Christopher Reeve Foundation
  • 2004—Thomas L. Petty, MD, FCCP, FAARC
  • 2003—Barbara Rogers
  • 2002—National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP)
  • 2001—David Satcher, MD, PhD
  • 2000—Stephen F. Wehrman, RRT, RPFT
  • 1999—Mike Moore, Attorney General, State of Mississippi
  • 1998—Jackie Joyner Kersee
  • 1997—William W. Burgin, Jr., MD
  • 1996—Respiratory Care Department of Toledo Hospital
  • 1995—American Lung Association
  • 1994—Allergy & Asthma Network – Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc.
  • 1993—Lansing Area Respiratory Care Practitioners (LARCP)
  • 1992—Debra Koehl, RRT
  • 1991—Louise M Nett, RN, RRT
  • 1990—Dr. Louis Sullivan
  • 1989—Senator Frank Lautenberg
  • 1988—Congressman Richard Durbin
  • 1987—Terry H. DuPont, CRTT
  • 1986—New York Society for Respiratory Care

Thomas L. Petty, MD Invacare Award for Excellence in Home Respiratory Care

The award was established in 1992 with a grant from Invacare Corporation to recognize outstanding individual achievement in home respiratory care.

General Information

This award consists of a plaque, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018.

Nomination Procedure
Submit a one page, typed description of how the nominee embodies excellence in home respiratory care relative to the following criteria:

  1. Must currently be working in home respiratory care;
  2. Must be a respiratory care practitioner;
  3. May not be employed by a manufacturer;
  4. May be involved in education, as well as the management and organization of patient care;
  5. Should serve as an active patient advocate in home respiratory care with specific achievements that demonstrate leadership;
  6. Preference will be given to individuals who have participated in volunteer community efforts related to home respiratory care, in addition to meeting the medical needs of their patients;
  7. A curriculum vitae is required and supporting documentation should be included, if available.

Nominations will be accepted at any time; however, the deadline for receiving nominations in the ARCF office is June 1. The award will be presented at the AARC Awards Ceremony.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—Kimberly S. Wiles, BS, RRT, CPFT
  • 2016—Nicholas J. Macmillan, BGS, RRT, FAARC
  • 2015—Kent L. Christopher, MD, RRT, FAARC
  • 2014—Angela King, RPFT, RRT-NPS
  • 2013—Patricia Blakely, RRT, FAARC
  • 2012—Linda A. Smith, BS, RRT, FAARC
  • 2011—Brian P. Wilson
  • 2010—Louise Nett
  • 2009—John Loyer, RRT
  • 2008—Nancy T. Martin, BS, RRT
  • 2007—Claude Dockter, BS, RRT
  • 2006—Robert M. McCoy, RRT, FAARC
  • 2005—Vernon Pertelle, MBA, RRT
  • 2004—Timothy W. Buckley, RRT, FAARC
  • 2003—Gene Andrews, BS, RRT, RCP
  • 2002—Robert S. Fary, RT
  • 2001—Joseph Lewarski, RRT
  • 2000—David A. Gourley, BS, RRT
  • 1999—Patrick J. Dunne, MEd, RRT, FAARC
  • 1998—Regina Marshall, BS, RRT
  • 1997—Robert F. Jasensky, BA, RRT
  • 1996—Linda Ann Farren, RRT
  • 1995—Scott Bartow, MS, RRT
  • 1994—Susan Lynn McInturff, RRT
  • 1993—Linda Chapman Maxwell, RRT
  • 1992—Suzanne Yost, CRTT

NBRC Gary A. Smith Educational Award for Innovation in Education Achievement

Established in 2014, this award is named for Gary A. Smith, BS, RRT(HON), FAARC, the CEO and Executive Director of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Mr. Smith has been instrumental in the advancement of the methods for national credentialing of respiratory therapists by facilitating the creation of web-based applications for processing, testing, appointment scheduling, and examination administration software.

General Information

Because of the efforts of Mr. Smith and his colleagues, the respiratory care profession is served by one of today’s most integrated test development and delivery systems in healthcare. Mr. Smith is also the editor of the book Respiratory Care—Evolution of a Profession.

This endowment has been established to recognize innovative educational methods in formal respiratory care education programs, clinical education training programs, and patient education programs that address current challenges in respiratory care education. The innovative educational method will be creative, utilize critical thinking skills, improve student outcomes, and focus on the advancement of the Respiratory Care profession.

The award for the individual submitting the nomination includes $2500, a plaque, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for AARC Congress 2018.

Nomination procedure

Nominations may be submitted for either an individual or a respiratory therapy program faculty. The nomination package includes:

  • Brief nomination letter (Limited to 750 words)
  • Curriculum vitae for each nominee
  • Essay detailing: (Limited to 5 double-spaced pages with 10 – 12 point font)
    • Description of the motivator for the educational intervention
    • Description of the intervention
    • Expected and realized outcomes
    • Future goals and directions

Nominations will be accepted at any time; however, the deadline for receiving nominations in the ARCF office is June 1. The award will be presented at the AARC Awards Ceremony.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—NOT AWARDED
  • 2016—Karen S. Schell, DHSc, RRT-NPS, RRT-SDS, RPFT, RPSGT, AE-C, CTTS

Mike West, MBA, RRT Patient Education Achievement Award

Established in 2012, this award is named for Mike West, a Registered Respiratory Therapist, who recognized the importance of educating  patients to help them manage chronic pulmonary diseases, and the profound impact such self-management has on patient respiratory quality of life.

General Information

Mike West made it his quest throughout his career to ensure that patients, caregivers, and industry had the highest understanding of respiratory disease and the best solutions for treating these diseases.

An endowment has been established to recognize excellence in patient education by, American Respiratory Care Foundation’s Trustees (ARCF), with a grant from Phillips Healthcare, to recognize a Respiratory Therapist who has had a profound impact on patients as established by measurable outcomes as a result of patient education.

This award includes a plaque, coach airfare, one night’s lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress 2018.

Nomination Procedure
Nominations will be invited from the AARC Board of Medical Advisors, the Board of Directors of the AARC, the Trustees of the ARCF, National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

The nominating group is responsible for submitting the following:

  1. A complete and current biographical report on their nominee (curriculum vitae). Only one nominee (who is not a past recipient of the award) is allowed from each group.
  2. A statement, including data which indicates the basis for the nomination, keeping the principle criterion of “promoting patient education” in mind. They should illustrate the nominee’s impact on patient education through novel training and education programs, adherence programs for patients, and improved outcomes of patients gained through education and feedback.
  3.  A brief personal comment on their candidate’s interests and activities outside of medicine (i.e. civic, family, hobby).

All nominations must be received by the ARCF Executive Office no later than June 1, and the award will be presented by the ARCF during the Awards Ceremony at the AARC Congress 2018.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017—David L. Vines, MHS, RRT
  • 2016—Krystal Craddock, RRT-NPS, CCM
  • 2015—Trina M. Limberg, BS, RRT, FAARC, MAACVPR
  • 2014—Timothy Op’t Holt, RRT, AE-C, FAARC
  • 2013—Bill F. Galvin, MSEd, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC
  • 2012—Mike West, MBA, RRT

The above listed awards, grants and fellowships may have tax implications to the recipient. Depending on the circumstance and filing requirements, an information tax form (i.e. 1099) may or may not be issued from the ARCF. In any case, we recommend that all recipients consult with their tax advisor to ensure compliance with IRS regulations.