It's CPR and AED Awareness Week! Here at RQI Partners, we are proud to work with teams of dedicated professionals. We are happy to share reflections of our staff members who prior to their role with RQI Partners, worked in healthcare roles across the United States.
Read some of their stories about how they have transitioned while continuing their commitment to helping saving more lives.
“I have been a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for 28 years. I have worked in Adult Care, Peds and NICU (my favorite). My last role in the hospital was as Director of Respiratory Services at Heart of Florida Hospital. I left the hospital in 2011 and have worked in the Medical Device Industry covering roles in clinical, sales, marketing, and therapy development.
After completing a Clinical Research Program, I was contacted by a recruiter regarding a position with RQI. It was not a difficult decision! My various roles in Respiratory and Industry have brought me back full circle to what I have always loved and inspired me; the importance and role that education with efficiency plays in saving lives. The idea that you should practice until you get it right does not serve our patient outcomes as well as practice until you cannot get it wrong. RQI is striving to change the standard of care by recognizing our need for continued learning for everyday competence.”
“I graduated from Ferris State University in 2011 with my Associate Degree in Respiratory Care and later graduated with my Bachelor of Science in 2014.
Over the last 10 years I have worked in worked in just about every role in respiratory- Level I trauma ER, MICU, SICU, Med-surg, Pulmonary Rehab and Pulmonary Disease Education, and LTACH.
I started at Henry Ford Allegiance and later spent several years at Beaumont Health and Detroit Medical Center before jumping ship and traveling before coming to RQI.”
“I graduated from Respiratory Therapy school in 2014. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work in long term care, many hospitals, outpatient clinics, and homecare. I worked for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah for 5 years where I gained most my experience in various departments including adult ICU, NICU, ER and PEDS. After leaving Intermountain Healthcare I went on to work at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. I worked in the Cystic Fibrosis outpatient clinic until Covid-19 hit when I was reassigned to work in the outdoor COVID nasal swabbing clinic. I worked at Intermountain Healthcare when they decided to move away from the traditional two-year ILT to RQI and I joked in my RQI interview that I knew what life was like with and without RQI and with RQI is better! I’m passionate about healthcare workers receiving the best education and setting them up for success when faced with difficult situations. I am very happy to be a part of the RQI team and work for a company that is mission based in saving lives.”
“I spent 5 years at Memorial Healthcare System in South Florida. As the Director of Enterprise Projects, I worked alongside system and hospital administration and their multiple Centers of Excellence executive leadership teams to play a key role in the planning, execution and delivery of multiple large scale, complex initiatives. One of these enterprise programs was the assessment and transition of the system from being a community-based hospital system to also being accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education [ACGME] as a medical teaching institution. Their inaugural programs were Primary Care, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation [PM&R] and Pediatrics [Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital]. I also worked with multiple teams across the system to facilitate the annual strategic planning sessions for the 5 hospitals and multiple service lines / Centers of Excellence and managed the execution of subsequent enterprise initiatives.
Growing up in London, England where my mother was a nurse, and working for my entire career in some version of healthcare / hospital / physician practice leadership, resuscitation has always been an absolute constant. In many instances, it is the difference between life and death. Low dose, high frequency works to keep skills current and relevant. The knowledge of, and ability to flawlessly perform, is absolutely a silent superpower!”