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Timothy Op’t Holt, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC Receives Mike West MBA, RRT Patient Education Achievement Award

The ARCF honored Timothy Op’t Holt, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC with the Mike West MBA, RRT Patient Education Achievement Award at the awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Mr. Op’t Holt is presently a professor in the Department of Respiratory Care and Cardiopulmonary Sciences at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He is also the Director of the “Breath of Life” COPD and Asthma Education and Therapy Program at the Victory Health Partners Clinic where he and fellow faculty members have been providing treatment and patient education to under and uninsured pulmonary patients. He encourages his students to be involved as well so they can understand and participate to learn roles of the respiratory therapist outside of the hospital as disease managers.

The Mike West MBA, RRT Patient Education Achievement Award was established and given for the first time in 2012 with an endowment from Philips Respironics to recognize the importance of educating patients about their respiratory disease. The award is named for Philips Respironics patient educator Mike West, who spent his career working to ensure that patients, caregivers, and industry obtained the highest understanding of respiratory disease and the best solutions for people living with a lung condition.

Each year it is awarded annually to a respiratory therapist who has demonstrated a profound impact on patients s established by measureable outcomes as a result of patient education. It was given for the first year to its namesake, Mike West of El Cajon, CA, who died only three weeks before its presentation.

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