Message from the Lambda Beta President

Our profession has stepped into the spotlight due to the immense challenges 2020 has brought. Yet, we continue to provide excellent care to all of our patients, possibly during the most challenging time of our careers. We are learning new ways to navigate work, home, patient care, and education in this entirely new environment. Since its inception, Lambda Beta society’s purpose 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 is now even more important as we live with constant changes and new experiences. As professionals, we must rise to the occasion and support the future of respiratory care through excellence. Our patients deserve nothing less. This process starts with our students’ development through education and continued learning and service throughout our careers. Regardless of the various environments and areas, we practice respiratory care, and there are always opportunities to work with students to demonstrate the best of our profession. 

We are proud to present our Lambda Beta scholarship winners to you in the fall newsletter. They exemplify both outstanding character and scholastic achievement. These are the future leaders in respiratory care, and it is our responsibility as senior members of the profession to mentor and promote their ongoing growth after graduation. This represents the beginning of a path to career excellence. Our 2020 honorary member, Douglas Gardenhire, EdD, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC has embodied the purpose of Lambda Beta throughout his career.  

This year, we welcome several new board members to the Lambda Beta Society, along with a new executive secretary, Debbie FarrowWe have inducted 421 new members into Lambda Beta and have 134 active chapters. This represents approximately a third of our Respiratory Care education programs. As we complete 2020 and move to 2021, I want to challenge each program to become an active member of the Lambda Beta Society. Excellence in our profession is the expectation, and we must start our students with an early introduction to Lambda Beta. 

On behalf of the board, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Henry Oh, our past president, for his excellent work and leadership over the past two years. 

It is my honor and privilege to serve as your president for the Lambda Beta Society over the next two years. It is only through our support for this honor society and encouragement of scholarly activities that will guide our young therapists to achieve the highest potential.  


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

President, Lambda Beta Society