Share Your Respiratory Care Week Photos and Stories with the RCSW

Respiratory Care Week is October 22-28 this year and the RCSW is curious about what everyone is doing to celebrate. 

The RCSW would like to invite you to share your stories and pictures that show how your team celebrated and raised awareness in your community. Stories collected will be posted on the RCSW Facebook page, the RCSW Twitter feed, and might even be included in a story here at 

To share photos and a short summary (sentence or two), feel free to post at the RCSW Facebook page (please review the Social Media Code of Conduct).  Feel free to use the #RCWeek17 to brand any messages! 

For a more detailed account with more photos, please review the content contributer guidelines and complete the online copyright release form provided there, and email the story/photos to

We look forward to hearing from all of you and Happy Respiratory Care Week!!


RCSW Rainier Chapter Respiratory Week Meet and Greet

Come on out and celebrate Respiratory Care Week with us!!

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Respiratory Therapists Deploy with DMATs for Relief Effort

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) are being deployed to Texas from all parts of the United States. The first group from Washington state’s team, WA 1 DMAT, deployed this past Tuesday with a second team going this weekend. More teams are planned for deployment throughout September (and possibly to the end of the year) and the activation of International Medical Surgical Response Teams (IMSuRTs) is also a possibility.

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RCSW Medical Adviser Saves Man's Life at Mariners Game

Bob Brown, 82, while waiting in line at a Mariners gsame to receive an Edgar Martinez bobblehead, suddenly collapsed.  RCSW Medical Adviser Josh Benditt was also in line, only feet away, and he stepped in to save Bob’s life.


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RCSW Member Director Candidate on the AARC Elections Ballot 

This year the RCSW has one candidate on the ballot for Director-at-Large for the AARC, Gary Wickman.  Presently, there is little representation of the western states and this is an opportunity to expand that representation.  Gary's roots are here in the Northwest and he would bring much needed regional diversity and geographical representation to the AARC BOD

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RCSW at the 2017 Washington State Fair September 10-11th

Are you interested in helping the RCSW promote better lung health? Do you like the Washington State Fair?

The RCSW has been provided a health booth at the 2017 Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Wa.   We are presently seeking individuals from the Respiratory Care profession - therapists and students -to help organize and staff the booth! Our primary goal is to provide information and education to the general public on pulmonary health promotion and disease prevention. Volunteers will received one free admittance and free parking for the fair.

The dates are Sunday, September 10th from 9:30AM to 9:30PM, and Monday the 11th from 10:30AM to 10:30PM. Each shift at the booth will be two hours. We can have two to four volunteers at a time. If interested, please contact Shawn Gardner, RCSW Public Awareness Chair, at or  


2017 RCSW Cascade Chapter Summer Conference August 11th


The ​Cascade ​Chapter ​of ​the ​RCSW ​is ​proud ​to ​offer ​a ​one-day ​conference ​ ​conveniently ​located ​in ​Everett. ​ 

Providence ​Regional ​Medical ​Center ​Everett 
Cascade ​Room 
Colby ​Campus ​Medical ​Office ​Building ​(MOB) 
1330 ​Rockefeller ​ 
Everett, ​WA ​98201 ​ 

Friday ​August ​11, ​2017 
9:00 ​AM ​- ​6:00 ​PM 
Lunch ​and ​morning ​coffee ​will ​be ​included. 

6 ​CRCEs ​(pending ​AARC ​Approval) 

6 ​Lectures ​Provided ​ ​ 

Summertime ​Injuries 
AARC Member Fee: $35 (after August 1st - $40)
Non-Member Fee: $45 (after August 1st - $50)
Student Fee: $25 (after August 1st - $35)

Register Now!

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2017 RCSW Elections Now through August 7th

It is time once again to elect the next leaders in the RCSW!

If you are an AARC member and live or work in the State of Washington, you are a RCSW member and eligible to cast a vote!



For candidate information, please check out the 2017 RCSW Elections Voter Guide. The guide describes the leadership positions presently open for election, information and a short Q&A of the candidates, and links for AARC membership status and the 2017 RCSW elections ballot
Check your AARC membership status
Get your AARC membership number 

2017 RCSW Online Ballot

The ballot will be available Through August 7th.

Thank you for your continued support of the profession and your help making Respiratory Care in Washington a national example of excellence in the field. 

Jonathan Jahns President RCSW


Nominate a Candidate for the 2017 RCSW Elections!

It is time once again to elect the next leaders in the RCSW!  The RCSW is looking for committed professionals willing to step forward and make a difference.

Several positions are up for election this year.  If you are an AARC member and live or work in the State of Washington, you are a RCSW member and eligible to be part of the RCSW leadership!

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8 Things to do in Tacoma before the RCSW Respiratory Care Conference

If you are from out of town and coming to the 44th Annual Pacific Northwest Regional Respiratory Care Conference and Scientific Assembly, you may plan on enjoying some of what the Seattle-Tacoma area offers before the conference.  Althought Seattle offers a lot of things to do, it isn't the only option in the area. Here are just a few suggestions on how you may want to spend Friday and Saturday in Tacoma.

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