Health Sciences recognizes Respiratory Care Week

Respiratory Care Week

Health Sciences recognizes Respiratory Care Week

Respiratory Care Week was instituted by former President Ronald Reagan in November 1982 to honor dedicated, highly-qualified respiratory therapists in the health care field. Observed this year during October 25-31, 2020, the Respiratory Care program of Coahoma Community College is taking the opportunity to recognize its graduates employed in the field. Radio interviews and social media postings are set to highlight the Respiratory Care profession.

Health Sciences recognizes Respiratory Care Week

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Mon Oct 26, 2020

Respiratory Care Week was instituted by former President Ronald Reagan in November 1982 to honor dedicated, highly-qualified respiratory therapists in the health care field. Observed this year during October 25-31, 2020, the Respiratory Care program of Coahoma Community College is taking the opportunity to recognize its graduates employed in the field and on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Millions of people across the world with respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis and emphysema, to name a few, are consistently threatened with the imminent fear of not being able to breathe. For those individuals, respiratory therapists have quietly been life savers,” says Dr. Willie Lockett, director of Coahoma’s Respiratory Care program.

“However, this year more than ever, respiratory therapists deserve recognition. Since the insurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, respiratory therapists’ life-saving work has been thrusted into the forefront of healthcare. Many patients diagnosed with Covid-19 have or will require some form of mechanical ventilator, which is at the essence of respiratory therapists' daily duties.”

The apt theme attached to Respiratory Care Week 2020 is “Together We Save Lives.” Respiratory therapists have an integral role on healthcare teams, contributing largely to patients’ confidence in the ability to breathe. 

Lockett says that this year’s theme could not be more appropriate in honoring respiratory therapists worldwide. 

Along with informative social media postings focused on alumni, Dr. Aman Munir, a local pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician, will help bring awareness to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) with a radio interview on WCQC 91.3 FM, the College’s radio station. A current sophomore of the Respiratory Care program will discuss her experience in the program, and an alumna is set to emphasize the program’s contributions to her career in other segments. Dr. Lockett also plans to highlight the rewarding benefits of the Respiratory Care program in a separate interview.

Being that the Bureau of Labor and Statistics has projected a growth of 19 percent in the career field from 2019 to 2029, a rate that’s much faster than all other occupations, Lockett encourages prospective students interested in the healthcare field to explore the area of respiratory care.

The uncertainty of whether or not you will take your next breath is terrifying, Lockett added.

Students may begin applying to Coahoma Community College’s Respiratory Care program in mid-January. The application period closes in mid-May. 

For admission guidelines, visit: http://www.coahomacc.edu/programs-of-study/health-sciences/respiratory-care/admission-guidelines/index

For more information, contact Wendy Harris at (662) 621-4687.