Ronald M. Jacobs, director and assistant professor of the Respiratory Care program at Genesee Community College, has worked hard as a teacher, as an advocate for good health awareness, and as an active participant in the New York State Society for Respiratory Care (NYSSRC). Recently, the NYSSRC honored Jacobs with the Samuel Runyon Memorial Award for 2004. Named for one of their founding members, the Samuel Runyon award is the highest honor the NYSSRC bestows upon its members.In addition to already holding five other awards from the organization, including the President's award, Jacobs has been a member of the NYSSRC since 1982 and has held multiple seats in the organization, including being president. He will begin to serve a four-year term as an 'at-large' member of the board of directors in January, 2006. The Samuel Runyon award can be given annually, but has not been presented since 2000, encourages education in the field of Respiratory science for those entering the field, as well as those already working in it and for the public at large. Jacobs began his career with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry from SUNY Brockport. He then earned his A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy Technology in 1979 while working at Columbus Hospital in Buffalo. He accepted the heavy responsibility of supervising the Neonatal ICU at the Sierra Medical Center in El Paso, TX, and he has held multiple positions at health care facilities in Buffalo, including director for Respiratory Care Services at Erie County Medical Center. Now, as director of Genesee Community College's Respiratory Care program, he is sharing his experience with others in the classroom. He has spoken at multiple seminars and conferences across New York State and the country, and was one of the biggest advocates for RESPECT, or the Respiratory Patient Education Certification Training.
"We're certainly proud of all of our faculty members who go above and beyond to volunteer to help our communities, and Ron, with all the work he did around 9/11, certainly deserves this award," Genesee President Stuart Steiner said referring to Jacobs' assistance provided to the New York City Police rescue workers around the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001. He helped determine whether respiratory health had been effected by airborne debris from the terrorist attacks, as well as what precautions were required and where. For these efforts, Jacobs received the Liberty Award in October of 2003.
Please note: A photograph of Ron Jacobs wearing his Liberty Medal is available at the following Internet address: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/ron_jacobs.jpg