Genesee Community College Receives Proclamation for National Respiratory Care Week

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Ronald Jacobs, director of the Respiratory Care Program accepted a proclamation for National Respiratory Care Week at the Genesee County Legislature meeting Wednesday, October 14, 2009. National Respiratory Care week is October 25-31, 2009.

Respiratory Care Week is a nationally designated week to celebrate the work and accomplishments of the over 135,000 respiratory therapists in the country. There are over 6,500 licensed respiratory therapists and technicians in New York. It is also used to bring more awareness of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), its causes and treatment. A few years ago, Congress established a bipartisan COPD Caucus because of the issues facing the United States. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death due to chronic illness in the country. It is anticipated that it will become the third leading cause of death within the next 10 years, making it the only chronic disease where the mortality rate is increasing, not decreasing.

Genesee Community College began the Respiratory Care Program in 1995 and is fully accredited by CoARC, the Committee for Accreditation of Respiratory Care. The program occupies its own floor of the Batavia Campus and has a state-of-the-art laboratory modeled after a hospital room, with working piped in oxygen and compressed air. The equipment is up-to-date, with educational grants and donations continuing to bring in modern equipment. Genesee students also have access to over 20 different clinical sites, acquiring almost 900 hours of clinical experience during their education —assuring a comprehensive clinical education in the field.

For further information, please contact Ronald Jacobs at 585-343-0055 x6860.