Join us February 9-10, 2022 for the 36th Annual High Country Conference!

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February 9  -10, 2022 - Virtual Conference

After careful consideration, the 36th Annual High Country Conference on Respiratory Care will continue to be held virtually in 2022. The health and safety of our attendees, speakers, planning committee and staff remains our priority.

 

Objectives

  • Provide up-to-date, patient-centered and evidence-based practices in respiratory care.
  • Explain the importance of respiratory therapists in improving patient outcomes and quality of life.
  • Discuss new treatments and advancements in technology associated with respiratory care.

 

If you are attending BOTH DAYS of the conference on February 9 and 10, 2022 register here

$180 Two-day Registration Fee
$75 Student Two-day Registration Fee

If you are attending DAY 1 ONLY on February 9, 2022 register here

$100 Registration Fee for Single-day

If you are attending DAY 2 ONLY on February 10, 2022 register here

$100 Registration Fee for Single-day

 

We heard your feedback and will be offering up to 12.0 hours of credit for attending the full conference in 2022!
*The expectation is you will attend the entire activity. In order to receive credit, you must attend at least 90% of the conference.

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Agenda *This schedule is tentative and subject to change. Please continue to check back for updates.

Day 1 – February 9, 2022

8:15 AM Webinar Check-in
8:25 AM Welcome Announcements
8:30 AM Healthcare Burnout/Fatigue and PTSD Associated With COVID-19
Christina Clarke, DBH, MS, HS-BCP
9:30 AM Ventilator-Induced Diaphragmatic Dysfunction (VIDD)
James Smoliga, DVM, PhD, FACSM
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: This Ain't Your Daddy's HBO
Garry Kauffman, RRT, FAARC, MPA, FACHE
11:45 AM Lunch / NCARE Awards
12:30 PM Case Studies: Treating COVID-19 Pulmonary Complications in Outpatients
Elizabeth Vaughan, MD
1:30 PM Ventilator Weaning Assessment and Weaning Procedures for COVID-19 Patients
Katherine Gershner, DO
2:30 PM Staff Security Issues and COVID-19
Ken Bishop, MS, MEP, CHEC
3:30 PM Adjourn
 

Day 2 – February 10, 2022

8:15 AM Webinar Check-in
8:25 AM Announcements
8:30 AM Recovery at Home: Long-term Consequences of COVID-19 After Hospital Discharge
George Larsen, RRT/RCP
9:30 AM The Bits and Pieces of Neonatal Ventilation
Renee Bartle, RRT
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Pediatric New Ventilator Modes
Rima Jarrah, MD
11:45 AM Lunch
12:30 PM Updates on COVID-19 Patient Treatment
Craig Rackley, MD
1:30 PM Navigational Bronchoscopy
Hiren Mehta, MD
2:30 PM Three Respiratory Zebras: Dieulafoy's Disease, Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (Ondine's Curse), and Plastic Bronchitis
Craig Black, PhD, RRT, FAARC
3:30 PM Adjourn
   
   

 

Speakers

Renee Bartle, RRT
Clinical Lead, Intensive Care Nursery
Duke University Medical Center

Craig Black, PhD, RRT, FAARC
Professor Emeritus
University of Toledo

Ken Bishop, MS, MEP, CHEC
Director
Emergency Management & Business Continuity
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Christina Clarke, DBH, MS, HS-BCP
Continuing Medical Education Coordinator
Office of Continuing Medical Education / Northwest AHEC


Katherine Gershner, DO
Assistant Professor
Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Immunologic Diseases
Wake Forest School of Medicine


Rima Jarrah, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Garry Kauffman, RRT, FAARC, MPA, FACHE
Manager
Kauffman Consulting, LLC


George Larsen, RRT/RCP
Center Manager
Lincare Holdings, Inc.

Hiren Mehta, MD
Pulmonologist
UNC REX Healthcare

Craig Rackley, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine

James Smoliga, DVM, PhD, FACSM
Professor of Physiology
Department of Physical Therapy
High Point University


Elizabeth Vaughan, MD
Founder
Natural Vitality Center


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Planning Committee Members

Meet the People behind the Annual High Country Conference on Respiratory Care

Phillip Christmas, RRT
Director, Respiratory Care
Kindred Hospital Greensboro
Committee Member Since 2012

Maria Hiller, RCP, RRT
Cardiopulmonary Department
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System
Committee Member Since 2011

Laurie E. Hunt MS, RRT, RCP
Retired 7/2017
Committee Member Since 1994

 

Kim Metzler, BSRT, RRT, RCP
Respiratory Therapist
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist – Lexington Medical Center
Committee Member Since 2011

Jimmy Phillips, RRT-NPS, RCP
System Director of Cardiopulmonary, Neurodiagnostic and Sleep Services
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System
Committee Member Since 1995



Northwest AHEC Staff

 

Lindsey MacLean, MPH, CHES®
Coordinator of Allied and Public Health
Continuing Education at Northwest AHEC


High Country Conference
Planning
Coordinator Since 2017

 

Gail Pawlik, BA
Program Assistant at Northwest AHEC

High Country Conference

Lead Program Assistant Since 2017



 

 

 


Read our blog post about the previous 35th Annual Conference - click here

 

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