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Botsford Hospital Director Appointed to Respiratory Care Board

Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 23, 2010)---Governor Jennifer Granholm has appointed John M. Darin, MS, RRT, RPFT, Botsford Hospital’s director of respiratory care services, to a four-year term on the Michigan Board of Respiratory Care. Darin has chaired the Michigan Society for Respiratory Care Legislative Committee for more than 15 years and was the key point person for respiratory therapist licensure efforts in Michigan. As primary author for the Respiratory Therapist Licensure Practice Act (Public Act 3, of 2004, Enrolled House Bill No. 4236), Darin testified numerous times before the State of Michigan’s House and Senate Health Policy Committees. Moreover, he served as primary author of several official statements from the Michigan Society for Respiratory Care. 
 
Darin’s duties on the Michigan Board for Respiratory Care include: 
 
· Setting educational and examination standards for entry into the respiratory care profession 
· Developing and promulgating administrative rules to clarify and define the requirements of the licensure statute 
· Regulating and imposing sanctions against individual licenses 
· Reinstating suspended or revoked licenses as well as reclassifying limited licenses 
 
Caring for patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and disorders in the hospital inpatient and outpatient therapy settings, the work of Botsford Hospital’s more than 40 licensed respiratory therapists involves: 
 
· Responding to Code Blues and other emergency calls, including Botsford Hospital’s Rapid Assessment Team and Trauma Center Response Team 
· Applying, monitoring and managing ventilators and other means of life support 
· Performing pulmonary function tests and other tests to assist diagnosing patients’ lung and breathing disorders and recommending treatments 
· Consulting with physicians to develop care plans and to recommend therapy changes 
· Collecting and analyzing blood specimens to determine levels of oxygen and other gases 
· Interviewing and assessing patients and performing chest physical exams to determine appropriate therapy 
· Administrating inhaled medications to improve lung function 
· Educating patients and families about lung disease to maximize patients’ recovery 
· Conducting pulmonary rehabilitation programs for persons with chronic lung disease to restore their functional capacity for activity, which can help avoid rehospitalization 

Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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