Message from the Lambda Beta President

As I write this message, winter is swiftly approaching and the AARC Congress was held face to face in New Orleans for the first time in two years. While facing many challenges over this period, there has also been an immense amount of learning. We will move forward as a stronger and more resilent profession. Respiratory therapists are, and continue to be, critical members of the healthcare team. I am so grateful for our profession and each of you that continue giving your best, despite difficult challenges and long days. Lambda Beta Society’s purpose since inception has been to promote, recognize, and honor scholastic achievement, service, and the character of students, graduates, and faculty members in the respiratory care field. This purpose continues to drive the board’s activities. We continue to meet new challenges in this ever-changing healthcare environment and our students are the future. All of us carry the responsibility to help them achieve academic excellence as they grow into professionals capable of leading respiratory care into a promising future.

This edition of our newsletter highlights the respiratory therapy program at Palm Beach State College (PBSC), founded during the Great Depression in 1933 in Palm Beach County, Florida. It is authored by our incoming Lambda Beta President, Nancy Latimer, PhD, RRT. Lambda Beta has had significant impact in this program for 14 years with administrative recognition and celebration of their members.

Our newest board member, Randy Case, PhD, RRT-NPS, is featured in this newsletter. He is an Assistant Professor in Respiratory Care and the Director of Interdisciplinary Education for the Health Sciences and Human Services College at Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is an excellent addition to the board with talents and interests that complement our current group.

This is always an exciting time of year for the Lambda Beta Board and sponsors as we proudly present our Lambda Beta scholarship winners to you. You will note that we have added a fourth scholarship, the Brad Leidich Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Henry Oh has authored an article remembering Brad Leidech and his outstanding contributions to our profession. His legacy will continue through the scholarship to be given each year. Our award winners are an exceptional group, we congratulate their accomplishments! I am certain there are many of you that will mentor and promote their ongoing growth after graduation. Each of these recipients have started a path to career excellence. Our 2022 honorary member, Kathy Jones-Boggs Rye, EdD, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, FAARC, has a lengthy professional service record, including many aspects of respiratory care through serving as a staff therapist, supervisor, and later serving in the academic world as instructor and director of clinical education. Kathy is an incredible individual and so deserving of this award!

We have inducted 375 new members into Lambda Beta and have 156 active chapters. Although this represents approximately a third of our respiratory care education programs, there is work to continue increasing the number of programs committed to the Lambda Beta Society. We welcome ideas to help improve the respiratory care program involvement in our honor society. We added six new chapters this fall to Lambda Beta.

On behalf of the board, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to our scholarship sponsors and each of you that support our mission every day.

It has been my great honor and privilege to serve our profession as president of the Lambda Beta Society over the past two years. I would like to express my personal gratitude to our board for their dedication, talents and support. Please help me welcome Nancy Latimer as our incoming president.

Have a safe and healthy holiday season,

Susan Blonshine, BS, RRT, RPFT, AE-C, FAARC

President, Lambda Beta Society