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Skinner Named Kansas Respiratory Practitioner of the Year

Marysville, KS – Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) is pleased to announce that Cheryl Skinner, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services, has been named the 2013 Kansas Respiratory Practitioner of the Year by the Kansas Respiratory Care Society (KRCS). Skinner received her award at the KRCS Annual Business Meeting on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Hays, KS. Suzanne Bollig, Society President, made the presentation.

In President Bollig’s congratulatory letter to Curtis Hawkinson, hospital administrator, she said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your organization on the achievements of one of your special employees Cheryl Skinner. Over the last year, Cheryl has given generously of herself and her talents to your healthcare institution and the community it serves. Her dedication and professionalism is to be commended. I am personally in awe of her enthusiasm and dedication and am proud to number her among my colleagues and fellow professionals” The Kansas Respiratory Practitioner of the Year award provides recognition to a respiratory practitioner for their contributions and advancement to the field of respiratory care, excellence and quality in patient care, and living the qualities of respiratory care in their community. Candidates must be a licensed respiratory care provider and American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) member, and must be nominated by a member of their peers.

Skinner was nominated by colleague Charity Clark, Via Christi Hospital, Wichita. The following excerpt was taken from Clark’s nomination letter: “In less than 6 months, Cheryl has piloted multiple projects that promote, educate and advocate for patients and therapists across Kansas. She graciously shares her ideas with other therapists on the KRCS website. She also mentors her staff and invites others to become involved in society activities. Cheryl continually takes her passion for the profession outside the walls of her workplace to promote, educate and advocate. Her actions represent the core values of the KRCS. I believe Cheryl is most deserving of this award and appreciate everything she has done for patients, care providers and the community.”

Cheryl Skinner, BA, RRT, CPFT, received her Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care degree from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE in 2007. She has worked at CMH since January, 2008, and served as the Director of Cardiopulmonary Services since June, 2012. Her staff include: Phillip Caswell, CRT; Jamie Tiemeyer, BS, CRT; Roxanne Woodside, CRT, RPSGT; and Bob Garrett, CRT, CPFT.

Skinner and her staff have been instrumental in promoting respiratory therapy health issues such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, smoking cessation, sleep apnea, etc. They have participated in a wide variety of community events in Marysville and Marshall County, including the Union Pacific (UP) Health Fair, CMH Health Fair, Parents as Teachers Childhood Health and Safety Fair, Lung Health Awareness Day, and KRCS Drive 4COPD booth at the Big Blue Car Show.

“CMH is honored to have Cheryl receive this recognition,” said Hawkinson. “She has worked very hard to build a dynamic team which excels in providing care to our patients and their families. Cheryl excels in her leadership abilities and is an outstanding professional who brings fresh ideas, industry know-how, motivation, and enthusiasm to her work.”

The Kansas Respiratory Care Society is an affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). The AARC is a 52,000 member professional association of respiratory care professionals. The organization is dedicated to encouraging and promoting professional excellence, advancing the science of respiratory care, and serving as an advocate for patients, their families and the public.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Skinner at (785) 562-4583 or email her at [email protected].

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