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Respiratory Therapy Program Director Wins Prestigious AARC Award

Posted: November 4, 2016 by Elizabeth Baker

During the American Association for Respiratory Care’s (AARC) annual conference last month in San Antonio, TX, Pima Medical Institute Respiratory Therapy Program Director, Anthony Everidge, was presented with the Bill Lamb Award, which recognizes exceptional service in volunteering and mentoring.
The Bill Lamb Award is given to respiratory therapy professionals who “… go above and beyond the service of excellence, volunteering and mentoring others,” according to the AARC. “…an individual that takes the extra time to inspire others to achieve and recognize their inner strengths and passions toward success.”

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After receiving the award, we asked Anthony a few questions about his career, volunteer work, and why he’s passionate about the healthcare and education professions. Here’s what he had to say. 
Q: How long have you been in the respiratory therapy field? Tell us about your educational and professional background.
A: I have been in the respiratory therapy (RT) field for 35 years. I’ve practiced respiratory care since 1983, with experience in virtually all facets of RT. Clinically, my experience ranges from staff therapist, to supervisor to lead therapist to a department director. In the education arena, I began my career with Pima Medical in 2008. I’ve been a contributing writer for academic RT textbooks, as well as a text reviewer. I also serve with the Nevada Society of Respiratory Care (NSRC) and am a member and respiratory therapy peer advisor for the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners, Respiratory Advisory Board. I’m a longtime member of the NSRC and serve as a state delegate.
Q: What motivates you to volunteer and give back?

A: Volunteering has always been a part of my activities. My early experiences started with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I had several colleagues that also had cystic fibrosis and I supported them by volunteering at cystic events.
Q: How do you feel about winning the Bill Lamb Award? What does it mean to you?

A: I was surprised and flattered. It is very special to me. Bill Lamb was tirelessly devoted to the field of respiratory care as a clinician, scientist, researcher, patient advocate and mentor to both practitioners and students. Bill’s legacy is vast and wide in the field. Bill passed away this year. To be nominated by my peers for an award inspired by the likeness of Bill Lamb is an honor. Being chosen for the award is a true privilege.
Q: What attracts you to the RT career?

A: The constant need to be always learning and evolving. The pursuit to stay current with new technology to provide better patient outcomes and more effective and efficient care. I also enjoy the mechanical aspect of RT. We have really great and technical machines to deliver care!
Q: What about being an educator?

A: I have a passion for RT and I enjoy sharing that passion with students! I want to contribute to the future of RT. Passing on my knowledge to students allows me to be part of the future. Doing both allows me to combine my passion for RT and educating future RTs. It also keeps me current and being a lifetime RT learner!
Q: What are some of your upcoming plans, such as volunteer work, professional development, etc.?

A: Upcoming plans include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gala Event and fundraiser walks, American Lung and American Heart Association walks, as well as numerous other events. It is typical for the RT staff and our students to be involved in some volunteer or community service event nearly every month.
I will continue to attend sponsored events regarding new treatments and therapies for cardiopulmonary disorders. I have a speaking engagement for the Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Foundation this month. We have several events scheduled with the Volunteers in Medicine for Southern Nevada (VMSN). Our Respiratory Therapy Clinical Director, Aimee Barnes, conducts weekly pulmonary function testing for VMSN along with our students. It’s a great learning experience for them. Our students are actively involved with all of our events and community service. It is part of their educational experience.
I will also attend the AARC 2017 RT Summer Forum and the AARC RT International Congress Meeting in October of 2017.
Anthony Everidge is the Respiratory Therapy Program Director at Pima Medical Institute’s Las Vegas campus. He has an associate degree in respiratory therapy and in business administration, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s of business administration and healthcare management, and is a registered respiratory therapist and neonatal pediatric specialist. 

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