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Sioux Valley Respiratory Therapist Honored with National Respiratory Care Award

June Schulz, RRT, FAACVPR, pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator at Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, has been named Continuing Care and Rehabilitation Specialty Practitioner of the Year.

June Schulz, RRT, FAACVPR, pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator at Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, has been named Continuing Care and Rehabilitation Specialty Practitioner of the Year by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Schulz received the award at the AARC International Respiratory Congress held in San Antonio, TX, in early December.

The registered respiratory therapist was recognized for her many years of experience in pulmonary rehabilitation, which helps people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory problems breath easier. The award also acknowledges her work with the AARC and other respiratory organizations, particularly in the legislative arena, where she is working to encourage Congress to pass legislation that would provide better Medicare coverage for pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

"June was chosen for this award because of her vast experience in pulmonary rehab and tireless dedication to our field of expertise," says AARC Continuing Care and Rehabilitation Section Chair Cheri Duncan, RRT. "She has been actively involved with the organization for numerous years and is working directly on Senate Bill 1440, which will create specific Medicare language for pulmonary rehabilitation."



Respiratory Therapists (RTs) are specially trained and licensed respiratory health care professionals assisting physicians in diagnosis, treatment, and management of respiratory diseases. RTs provide care in hospitals, outpatient centers, physicians’ offices, skilled nursing facilities, and patients’ homes.

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is a not-for-profit, professional organization, consisting of 39,000 respiratory therapists, physicians, and other health care professionals. AARC is dedicated to assisting persons with respiratory diseases receive safe and effective respiratory care.