I entered the Medical Profession as a Volunteer "Cadet" on My Local Rescue Squad at the age of 15. I retired 14 years later after service on 3 rescue squads. During My service to my community, I competed in Rescue and First Aide contests at the local, state, and even the International Level. My professional carrer started at the age of 18 as an "Oxygen Therapist". I'm still practicing in that field today, some 35+ years later. Along the way, I've worked in EKG, Echocardiology, Stress Testing, Holter monitoring, EEG, Vascular Lab, EMG, Urodynamics, Pulmonary Diagnostics, and Respiratory Therapy. I've managed in the capacity as staff Therapist all the way up through Department Director. In all, I've got 24 Years of Managagement experience, Guess You could say that I'm comfortable working at any level, from the street to the executive office.
I provide staffing relief for Hospital Respiratory Therapy Departments. Currently, I am working at the Depaul Medical Center, and the Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital. Both are located in Norfolk, Virginia. Depaul Medical Center is a 200 bed community hospital. My duties include Respiratory Care from the ER to all Med.Surg. floors, and ICU.
The Lake Taylor facility is a transitional care facility.It Provides interim care for patients requiring additional therapy, or long term weaning from Ventilators.
Jun 2007 - Jan 2008
E.R. Respiratory Therapist
The Childrens Hospital Of The Kings Daughters
Provide Respiratory Care to patients age Neonate to age 21 Yrs. Basically The position called for performing Resuscitation to setting up Ventilators, to ABG's, and Aerosol Therapy treatments.
Jul 2006 - Jun 2007
Shore Memorial Hospital
Shore Memorial is a small Community Hospital on Virginia's "Eastern Shore". It is the only Hospital on Virginia's peninsula. Every type of illness or injury has to be stabilized and either admitted to the facility, or prepared for transport. The next closest Hospital is over 40 miles away. Basically, The Respiratory Therapist at this facility performs routine functions of ER, ICU, Floor care,and Peds, while always being ready for the "unusual" in the ER.
May 2001 - Jun 2006
Childrens Specialized Hospital
I reported to the Director of Clinical Services. My responsibilites included general floor care ( Tx.etc),setting up and maintaining Infant, Child, and adolescent Ventilators. The primary goal is to wean patients off of the Vents. Extensive knowledge of BIRD and LTV ventilators and performed point of care capillary blood gases, glucose and electrolyte studies. Experienced in long term care of children and all phases of CPT. Received 7 employee of the month awards, and a employee of the quarter award (Press Gainey).
Mar 2000 - May 2001
American Home Patient
Performed Routine Home Care in the Flemington, New Jersey area.
May 1998 - Mar 2000
Pulm. Diagnostics Technologist
Hunterdon Medical Center
Performed Pulmonary Function Tests, Lung Volumes, and DLCO studies, ABG's, Pulmonary and Cardiac stress tests, Metabolic studies and EEG's. Performed in the Capacity as a Respiratory Therapist during down time.
Mar 1995 - Mar 1998
Lyons VA Medical Center
Responsible for routine respiratory floor care (Tx. etc), Arterial Punctures and Blood Gas analysis. This facility had an ER, Respiratory ICU, CCU, Medical ICU, and a Step-Down Respiratory Care floor. Trained on the Facilities Pulmonary Function Equipment and performed emergency Intubations.
Mar 1992 - Mar 1995
Administered Routine Respiratory Therapy floor care. This Medical Center had a large ER, an ICU, CCU, Surgical ICU, which were part of My daily assignment. Set-up and maintained Infant Vents in a small Neonatal ICU. Received an Infection Control Award.
Mar 1991 - Mar 1992
JFK Memorial Hospitals
This facility is part of a 3 Hospital System. A small 180 bed hospital, JFK is Cherry Hills Community Hospital. I provided Respiratory Care. This facility has a very busy ER as it was the back-up for the Larger County Hospital in Camden, NJ. I received an "outstanding Attendance award and $50.00 Bond.
Aug 1989 - Mar 1991
Vascular Lab Coordinator
Greenville Memorial Hospital
I was hired to bring The organizations Vascular Lab up to JCAHO standards which was achieved. A working Supervisor, I also performed Vascular Studies.
Jul 1968 - Aug 1989
Director, Clinical Physiology
John F. Kennedy Medical Center
Started the Hospitals Respiratory Therapy Department. Later, Grew the Department into a multi-displinary 5 Million dollar operation.
Jun 1967 - Jul 1968
Asst.Chief, Respiratory Therapy
A "Working Supervisor", I assisted with staff scheduling, ordering of supplies and purchasing of equipment.
Sep 1965 - Jun 1967
Senior Staff Inhalation Therapist
Perth Amboy General Hospital
Upon Completion of an OJT program, I was eventually promoted to Senior Staff Therapist.