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Pima Medical Institute’s Tammy Redasky Awarded Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award

Posted: September 15, 2017 by Elizabeth Baker
Tammy Redasky receives the AzSRC Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award.
Tammy Redasky, center, was awarded for her 30-plus years of volunteerism in the respiratory therapy field on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

Tucson, Ariz. (Sept. 15, 2017) – It’s only happened seven times in 51 years.

The Arizona Society for Respiratory Care’s Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award hasn’t been awarded to anyone since 2012. But Tammy Redasky, MEd., RRT, RCP, Pima Medical Institute’s Respiratory Therapy Program Director at the Tucson campus, was given it Friday morning in recognition of her lifelong dedication to the career and to educating respiratory therapists.

“Not many people are as dedicated as Tammy,” said Ajla Sutkovic, president of the Arizona Society for Respiratory Care (AzSRC). “A lot of people do their tenure (on the AzSRC board) – they do a two- to four-year term but Tammy has been committed for 30-plus years.”

Since 1987, Redasky has either had a position on the AzSRC’s board or been a committee member. She’s served as treasurer, secretary and as a board member, and for many years, was part of the Seminar Planning Committee. She’s also served as the chair and co-chair of the Continuing Education Units (CEU) committee since its inception in 1990, playing a critical role in ensuring that the CEU programs respiratory therapists (RT) take are meeting criteria, paid for and tracked. The programs help RTs stay current and learn new information on topics such as disease management, patient safety, healthcare law and ethics and emergency preparedness.

“It is rare to find someone who is as consistently active of a volunteer as Tammy has been with the AzSRC,” said David Wootten, RRT, Director of Clinical Education for Pima Medical’s Respiratory Therapy program at the Tucson campus. “Those of us who work with Tammy will tell you that running a successful and large RT program is beyond a full-time job. But in spite of the time requirements of her job, Tammy’s commitment and dedication to the AzSRC is never diminished. She finds the time because she makes the AzSRC a priority. Tammy is a leader in our profession, is a passionate educator and has contributed significantly to the respiratory care profession in the state of Arizona.”

Members of the AzSRC presented Redasky with the award on Friday morning at Pima Medical’s Tucson campus. Her professional achievements and contributions were celebrated amongst her peers, students, healthcare providers and others who have worked with her over the years.

Pima Medical staff, faculty and others made sure to keep the award presentation a surprise.

“I was in shock,” Redasky said. “I did not have a clue this was happening. I am very honored. When I walked in and all those people were there … I just had to stop,” she said. “There were people there from when I first moved to Arizona in 1985. It made it even more special.”

Redasky started her RT career in 1982, and has worked as a practitioner and educator. She first joined Pima Medical in 2000 and became the Tucson campus’ Respiratory Therapy Program Director in 2012.

“The biggest thing I have learned is how important it is to get involved. It’s something someone told me once when I first started. You have to get involved because you get to meet so many people and learn so many things, and those people will help you grow. I’m very fortunate to have always surrounded myself with people I’ve learned from.”

Tammy Redasky receives the AzSRC Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award Sept. 15, 2017.


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