This week marks three recognition weeks we'd like to celebrate to recognize members of the DOM.
National Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week
National Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week also falls each year on October 22-30 to celebrate the important role that facility team members have in ensuring a safe and efficient environment for all patients, residents, visitors and staff within hospitals. We'd like to say a special thank you to Richard Robinson, our facilities project manager, and Jacki Christopher, facilities project specialist, for everything they do to keep our facilities up and running. Thanks to their hard work, the Department of Medicine was recently rated at 100 percent compliance for the 2023 Annual DOM Laboratory Safety Survey Results, making it the DOM's best result to date.
Respiratory Care Week
Respiratory Care Week is celebrated annually on October 22-30. In 1943, Dr. Edwin Levine established a no-frills inhalation program at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. This program provided on-the-job-training for respiratory therapists to assist post-surgical patients with their respiratory needs. By 1973, the organizations involved in this work became today’s American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Driven by the AARC, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation declaring the last full week in October as National Respiratory Therapy Week. During this recognition week, we like to especially thank our pulmonary function testing technicians for all they do to reduce devastating lung conditions like asthma and COPD.
Sleep Technologists Appreciation Week
Finally, we'd like to thank the sleep lab technicians in the DOM in honor or Sleep Technologists Appreciation Week, which falls from October 22-28. We'd like to recognize the valuable contributions of sleep technologists to the field of sleep medicine and thank them for the superb care the exhibit toward our patients.