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Dear Section Members,
As I sit down to write this letter I am looking out my office window and I can see tiny buds beginning to appear on a few of the trees. It brings me hope that spring is right around the corner and we can say goodbye to what has been a very cold and snowy winter in my part of the country. I am ready for the flowers and the trees to bloom and for warm sunny days, and for baseball games.
Combined Sections Meeting that occurred in Nashville, TN was a resounding success with over 7,000 people attending. The programming was very good and, as always, catching up with familiar faces and sharing laughter was a highlight. There were 11 new Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialists who were certified and 7 specialists who renewed their certification this year. Congratulations to all of you!
I would like to acknowledge our award recipients. David H. Nielsen, PT, PhD received our first Mentor Award, and Alexandra Sciaky, PT, CCS received the Merit Award. Congratulations to both of you and thank you for all of your contributions to the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section. I would also like to congratulate Mary Massery PT, DPT who is the recipient of the 2009 Linda Crane Lecture award. We look forward to her presentation in Las Vegas.
These are exciting times for our Section. We continue to grow and now have over 1,000 members. We are hoping to enhance our liaisons with the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, the American Thoracic Association, and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation by sponsoring joint programming at future meetings. A subgroup is being formed within the WCPT to serve as a forum for cardiopulmonary topics. Our Section will be sending a letter of support for this subgroup and Larry Cahalin, PT, MA, CCS will be representing us on this subgroup. Our Section had the highest percentage increase (21.3%) of all the sections in the CSM participation for the PT-PAC. Thank you to all of the members of our Section who were at CSM who contributed to the PT-PAC.
I would like to acknowledge Anne Mejia Downs PT, MPH, CCS who is stepping down from the PR co-chair to pursue a doctoral degree. Annie has been active in our Section in many roles, but has been the primary person who has organized our booth at both CSM and the summer APTA conference. Annie has used her creative talents to enhance our booth and she will be missed. Bobby Belarmino, PT, DPT, MA, CCS is replacing Annie in the role of PR co-chair, and he and Annie are working together to assure a smooth transition.
I will be attending the House of Delegates in San Antonio in June as the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section's delegate. In my next letter I will update you on the outcomes of the House of Delegates.
I wish all of you the very best and as always please email me with any concerns or questions you have about our Section.
Respectfully submitted, Ethel M. Frese, PT, DPT, MHS, CCS President