The Arkansas Society of Respiratory Care was established in 1962. Today there are over 500 members who have discovered the benefit of the professional society. The Arkansas Society of Respiratory Care is a chartered affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Arkansas Society for Respiratory Care meets with Smoke Free Little Rock. David Gibson, Jennifer Parr, Chuck Burke and Olivia Powers.

Arkansas Delegates attend International Congress Meeting in Tampa, Florida.

Pictured left to right (Art Middleton BS, RRT, RPFT and Heather Neal-Rice Med, RRT-NPS)
Heather and Art recently represented Arkansas during the International Congress Meeting in Tampa, Florida.  We would like to say a special “thank you” to Heather Neal-Rice for serving as Delegate for the past 8 years.  Heather’s leadership and direction has made a tremendous impact in our state. 

2015 Educator of the Year Award
Congratulations to Jessica Alphin, BS, RRT receiving the award from
ASRC President Jennifer Parr, RRT

Senior students participating in the college’s annual Faculty/Staff Health Fair . They performed bedside spirometry on many of the staff and faculty as well as provided education on alpha1 deficiency, COPD and smoking cessation.

NWACC senior respiratory care students participate in multiple events during Respiratory Care week and in celebration of COPD awareness month.

ASRC Sputum Bowl Team goes to AARC Congress to compete.
Students and faculty from Pulaski Technical College represent Arkansas at the AARC Congress.

2015 ASRC Respiratory Care Practitioner of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. William “Chuck” Burke, PhD, RRT on being select as the Respiratory Care Practitioner of the Year!

Great Strides 5k walk at National Park College

Group costume contest winners from the Health Sciences sponsored Great Strides 5K walk at National Park College held on October 31, 2015. Pictured are the first place winners, ‘Mucus Busters’ (respiratory therapy first year students) and the second place winners ‘Superheroes’ (second year respiratory students and faculty). This was the second annual walk celebrated during Respiratory Care Week. In total $1,487.00 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

Governors signs proclamation declaring November- “COPD Awareness Month

Delena Bradford RRT, Stephanie Jenkins RRT, Amanda Kelley RRT, Michael Hundley RTS)

Arkansas Governor signs Proclamation declaring November “COPD Awareness Month”.  The Arkansas Society for Respiratory Care submitted a proclamation request earlier this year declaring November “COPD Awareness Month”.  Please help us bring awareness and put an end to this disease. 

Click here to learn more about what you can do to help!

Get involved:  The Great American Smokeout is November 19th!  Click here for more details!!



Lisa Catlett, RRT (Central District “Clinical Practitioner of the Year”) was presented her award while  working at UAMS. Thank you Lisa for all you do!  We are all very proud of you!

Dr. Paula Anderson receives an award recognizing her years of dedication and service as “Medical Director” for the Arkansas Society for Respiratory Care.

The entire Respiratory Care community and Board of Directors greatly appreciates your dedication and leadership.  Thank you Dr. Anderson for being a part of the ASRC!

2016 Election Results:

President Elect – Jessica Alphin – jessica.alphin@blackrivertech.edu

Vice President – Heather Neal-Rice – NealriceHeatherN@uams.edu

Treasurer – Janelle Smith – jsmith@seark.edu

Secretary – Jeff Copeland – Jeffrey_Copeland@ssrh.net

Delegate – Tom Jones – TJones4@uams.edu

Central District Vice Chair – Cassandra Blanks – Cassandra.Blanks@baptist-health.org

NE District Chair – Angela Smith – Angela.Smith@baptist-health.org

NE District Vice Chair – James Piker – James.Piker@BMHCC.org

NW District Vice Chair – Melina Kindred -  melinakindred@yahoo.com

South District Vice Chair – Holly Dean -  jhollydean@np.edu

The ASRC mission is to provide effective leadership that promotes the Respiratory Care Profession and its skilled practitioners as leaders in the field of pulmonary medicine through patient, community and healthcare provider education.