Northeast Center for Special Care Serves New York State Respiratory Professionals with Continuing Education at its 3rd Annual Mid-Hudson Respiratory Conference

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Northeast Center for Special Care, a nationally-known ventilator and respiratory program, presented its third annual Mid-Hudson Respiratory Conference on August 9, 2007 in Kingston, NY, as a part of its continuing commitment to the education of respiratory professionals in New York State.

Northeast Center for Special Care, a nationally known ventilator and respiratory program recognized for its successful outcomes in weaning individuals from mechanical ventilators and community reintegration for people with complex respiratory and pulmonary conditions, presented its 3rd Annual Mid-Hudson Respiratory Conference as a part of the Center's continuing commitment to the education of respiratory professionals in New York State.

The conference was held on August 9, 2007 in Historic Kingston, NY. Ninety respiratory therapists from the Mid-Hudson Valley and throughout New York State were in attendance and a total of 540 continuing education credits (CEU's), sanctioned by the American Association for Respiratory Care, were awarded.

Ann Belcher, CEO of Northeast Center for Special Care said: "Our third annual conference presented best practices in the areas of respiratory care and cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation."

The conference agenda included: Opening Comments by Catherine Sullivan, MBA, RT, RRT-NPS, RPFT, Directory of Respiratory Care/EEG/Sleep Center, Nyack Hospital, President NYSSRC, BIVENT an Alternative Method for Ventilation in Neonates and Pediatrics by Marc Leaderstorf, RRT, NP, Critical Care and Transport Coordinator for Respiratory Care, Women & Children's Hospital, Buffalo, NY, Diagnosis and Treatment of Childhood Asthma: The Cold and Flu Season A Simulated Interactive Case Study by Steve Jones, MS, RNC, PNP, ET, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist/NP, Albany Medical Center, Organ Donation After Cardiac Death by Joselito Nuqui, BS, Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC), Senior Organ Procurement Coordinator, Albany Medical Center, Tracheostomy: Matching Product to Patient Need by Thomas J. Wortham BA, RRT, Senior Tracheostomy Specialist with Smith's Medical ASD, Inc., NAVA Ventilation by Tina Wellman, RRT, Clinical Education Specialist, Maquet, Inc., Transition to Long Term Care of the Mechanically Ventilated Patient by Alicia Fredella, RRT, CBIT.

Thomas Harvie, RRT/CPFT, Ventilator Care Program Director at Northeast Center for Special Care, led the planning committee for the conference. Mr. Harvie has been a Respiratory Care professional for fifteen years, and in March of 2007 he received the President's Recognition Award from the Northeast Chapter of the New York State Society for Respiratory Care.

Ann Belcher also stated: "Northeast Center maintains a strong commitment to the continuing education of Respiratory Professionals and presenting clinical information with evidence-based practice experiences that we are noted for."

To join the mailing list for our 2008 Mid-Hudson Respiratory Conference follow this link: http://www.northeastcenter.com/respiratory_conference.htm

The Respiratory Care Program at Northeast Center for Special Care is a state-of-art respiratory rehabilitation program for individuals, who are dependent on a mechanical ventilator, require respiratory rehabilitation or cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation. Northeast Center for Special Care is honored to have received the American Association for Respiratory Care Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Award: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and has a history of impressive clinical outcomes and one of the highest weaning rates in the country.

Established in 1999, Northeast Center for Special Care is located on a lovely thirty-nine acre campus in Lake Katrine, NY. The mission of Northeast Center is rehabilitation, recovery and community reentry for individuals with disabilities. Since its inception, hundreds of individuals have "graduated" from its programs and have moved on to integrated settings in their communities.

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Northeast Center for Special Care, Lake Katrine NY.The state-of-art rehabilitation center and the campus of Northeast Center for Special Care in Ulster County, NY.Thomas Harvie, RRT/CPFT, Ventilator Care Program Director at Northeast Center for Special Care, Marc Leaderstorf, RRT, NP, Critical Care and Transport Coordinator for Respiratory Care, Women & Children's Hospital, Buffalo, NY.Thomas Harvie, RRT/CPFT, Ventilator Care Program Director at Northeast Center for Special Care, and Marc Leaderstorf, RRT, NP, Critical Care and Transport Coordinator for Respiratory Care, Women & Children's Hospital, Buffalo, NY. Mr. Leaderstorf spoke on the topic: " BIVENT, an Alternative Method for Ventilation in Neonates and Pediatrics."Thomas Harvie, RRT/CPFT, Ventilator Care Program Director at Northeast Center for Special Care, Thomas J. Wortham BA, RRT, Senior Tracheostomy Specialist with Smith's Medical ASD, Inc.Thomas Harvie, RRT/CPFT, Ventilator Care Program Director at Northeast Center for Special Care, with Thomas J. Wortham BA, RRT, Senior Tracheostomy Specialist with Smith's Medical ASD, Inc., one of the speakers at the 3rd Annual Mid-Hudson Respiratory Conference.Catherine Sullivan, MBA, RT, RRT-NPS, RPFTCatherine Sullivan, MBA, RT, RRT-NPS, RPFT, Directory of Respiratory Care/EEG/Sleep Center, Nyack Hospital, President NYSSRC.Thomas J. Wortham BA, RRT, Senior Tracheostomy Specialist with Smith's Medical ASD, Inc.Thomas J. Wortham BA, RRT, Senior Tracheostomy Specialist with Smith's Medical ASD, Inc. gives the presentation: "Tracheostomy: Matching Product to Patient Need," at the 3rd Annual Mid-Hudson Respiratory Conference.