RT Week at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has been recognized and celebrated for many years. Public displays at our community kiosks, hospital news announcements, daily “Lunch & Learns”, social activities and two Respiratory Therapy awards are some of the many highlights to this special week.

Heartfelt congratulations to both Melissa Garcia (left) and Ainsley Hoare (right), on receiving the HHS RT Bedside Teaching Award and the HHS RT Excellence Award, and some well-deserved professional recognition (including cake!) for being awesome!

Respiratory Therapy Excellence Award

Ainsley Hoare, an RRT in Pediatrics at McMaster Children’s Hospital, was the recipient of the 2019 HHS Respiratory Therapy Excellence Award, an award that celebrates an outstanding Respiratory Therapist who consistently demonstrates excellence in their role and it’s relation to patient care delivery and teamwork. Nominators provided their reflections and information about the nominees in the following domains: Clinical Excellence, Teaching /Education Skills, Leadership Skills and Professional Accomplishments.  What was clear from Ainsley’s nomination is her commitment to and passion for the profession, providing exemplary patient and family-centred care.

Kendra Mantha (right), HHS RT Education Clinician, presents the 2019 RT Excellence Award to Ainsley Hoare (left), during a daily PICU CQI huddle, under Celebrations! Congratulations, Ainsley!

Respiratory Therapy Bedside Teaching Award

Melissa Garcia, an RRT in Pediatrics at McMaster Children’s Hospital, was the recipient of the 2019 HHS Respiratory Therapy Bedside Teaching Award, an award that celebrates an outstanding Respiratory Therapist who consistently demonstrates educational excellence with Student Respiratory Therapists (SRT’s) at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). The nominator for this award was a student RT who commented on Melissa’s thoughtful, supportive approach to teaching and mentoring.

Shawna MacDonald (left), HHS RT Education Clinician, presents the 2019 RT Bedside Teaching Award to Melissa Garcia (right), during a daily PICU CQI huddle, under Celebrations! Congratulations, Melissa!