Ventec Life Systems honors RTs

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

BOTHELL, Wash. – Ventec Life Systems recently donated $10,000 to a COVID-19 RT Fund created by the American Association of Respiratory Care’s board of directors. The fund sends financial assistance to the surviving families of licensed respiratory therapists who have died while caring for patients with COVID-19. Ventec Life Systems made the donation during National Respiratory Care Week, Oct. 26-31. “Respiratory Care Week shines a light on the vital role respiratory therapists play, and the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the bravery and commitment of RTs each and every day,” said Chris Kiple, CEO of Ventec Life Systems. “We are proud to honor the sacrifice of those who dedicated their lives to this profession and in doing so saved countless lives.” Through the fund, the AARC grants $500 to the family of each licensed RT who contracted COVID-19 while working and then died from complications of the disease. It will also donate two commemorative blocks in the AARC Virtual Museum, one for the RT’s family and one for the RT’s employer. To date, the AARC has been able to assist 21 families. More than 1,000 health care workers have now died as a result of caring for patients with COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.