Join us in our first annual Pulmonary Rehab Challenge in celebration of Pulmonary Rehab week!

Our first challenge is an Individual Staff Fitness Challenge.  Who can do the most “sit to stand” reps in 1 minute? We will be accepting submissions from all Pulmonary rehab staff between March 13-19th.  In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided based on any extra creativity/flair they add to the challenge 🙂 The winner gets a $25 gift card!! 

Please post a pic and tell us how many reps you completed to our NCCRA Facebook page! Simply search for NCCRA on Facebook, click “Like”, and then post! Entries will appear in the Community section. If no one on your team has access to Facebook, you can email Bridget Way at Lighthouse0424@gmail.com and we’ll post for you. Any staff member can enter! 

Our second challenge is a Team Challenge.  Which facility has the most creative Pulmonary Week celebration? This could include decorations, the best game for patients, or creative educational activities!! Anything you want to do to celebrate both staff and patients during the week 🙂 The winning facility will get some awesome 2022 Pulmonary Rehab swag! Please post a picture and a short description onto our Facebook page.

We hope that you will join us in some friendly Pulmonary rehab competition!!

Meet the Board – Executive Director Butch DeBoever

Butch DeBoever
Wilkes Medical Center Cardiopulmonary Rehab
336-903-6980

 

 

 

The Executive Director position on the NCCRA Board of Directors is an appointed position in which I have served since 1999.  Prior to that I served as President of the Association.  I am a Fellow with AACVPR.  This is my 41st year working in cardiac and pulmonary rehab, and I have worked with four different programs in NC.

I am currently the Program Manager at the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro, NC.

My role as Executive Director is to handle the fiscal needs and responsibilities of the NCCRA, to try and provide a sense of continuity to the Board of Directors over time, and to assist with our mission of reducing disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, research and disease management.

Away from work, I enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with my granddaughter, and working on growing old gracefully.

 

2022 NCCRA virtual Symposium – agenda, registration and brochure

The NCCRA Annual Symposium will be virtual again this year.
March 29th and April 5th from 12:30-5pm.
NCCRA Membership: Please register online at nccraonline.org (Under membership Registration)
Check or PayPal payment required
NCCRA Yearly Membership $50 payable to: NCCRA
PO Box 6054
Hickory, NC 28603
You will receive a Discount Code for Symposium Registration via email within 24hrs from bdeboo57@gmail.com
Membership registration must be completed by March 23rd in order to receive the discount code for the symposium.
This discount code is a membership benefit . Please do not share with others.
Symposium Registration: Members $20 per day/$40 total (Discount code required)
Non Members $50 per day/$100 total
Credit/Debit payment required
https://www.easternahec.net/courses-and-events/68076

The link above takes you directly to the Registration page for the Symposium

  • Symposium Registration will be done through the EAHEC registration page
  • You must create a MyAHEC account or use an existing one if you have it. (See flowchart)
  • Choose which session or sessions you would like to attend.
  • Symposium registration must be completed by noon on March 25th

Meet the NCCRA Board

Beth Ann Scott, MS, CES
Appalachian Regional Healthcare system
bascott@apprhs.org

 

 

 

I am the Systems Operations Manager for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s (ARHS) Cardiopulmonary Rehab Program.  My journey as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist started in 2008 as a Graduate Student.  Since my first NCCRA Symposium, I’ve relied on the NCCRA as a resource. In 2019 I was asked if I was interested in being the next VP for the Mountain region. I was honored to have this opportunity to get involved and more connected to others in our field.  Another one of my passions is the desire to assure our patients receive the best possible care.  In the future I would like the NCCRA to remain a reliable and affordable source for CEUs.  I believe the NCCRA can help our program maintain the level of excellence our patients deserve.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, and trying to keep up with regular exercise (yoga, running, and wt. training). We have a daughter (age 6) and twin boys (age 4) whom we try to keep up with. I have enjoyed snowboarding in the past and am eager to hit the slopes with my daughter. In warmer months we like to hike, camp and go white water rafting with friends. My husband has his own business as a blade smith/knife maker and I enjoy seeing every single thing he creates – he’s an amazing artist! We love living in these mountains of Western NC and we have found an amazing community here.

We are so pleased that following the 2022 NCCRA symposium Beth Ann will be rolling into the Incoming President role.  Her movement into this new role will leave a vacancy for a Mountain region Vice President.  Please reach out to us if you are interested in applying for this position or even if you have questions about what the position entails.

Day on the Hill 2022 – we need your help!

Next week we will be partnering with AACVPR to conduct a virtual Day on the Hill and we would love for you to partner with us.
Actions that you can take:
1. Write a letter – ask your patients and providers to do the same. . AACVPR has made it easy to become an advocate for CR and PR services. Click the link below to send a pre-drafted, customizable letter to your U.S. Senator and/or Representative to educate them on the value of our services.
2. Participate in a virtual visit with your district’s representative. If you are interested in being a part of a DOTH visit please email stacey.greenway@vidanthealth.com and let her know you would like to be a part of the story telling that takes place. The goal is to have at least one constituent for each district on these calls.

Cardiac Rehab Week challenge winners!

Congratulations to Wayne UNC in Goldsboro as the Cardiac Rehab Week 2022 team challenge winner!

Thank you to the following facilities who also participated: Randolph Health, Alamance Regional, Wake Med Cary, Appalachian Regional, Vidant Medical, & Novant Health! See our Facebook page for all the wonderful pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Lizzie Capps RN from New Hanover as our Fitness Challenge 2022 winner! She planked for 5 min 4 sec!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, a shout out to our judges: Ash Walker, Jennifer Simmons, and Bridget Way

Thank you all for all the hard work and enthusiasm you bring to your patients each and every day! We’re so happy that we could be a part of celebrating you this past week!

Meet the NCCRA Board

Kelly Forrest
NCCRA President

Carolina East Medical Center
New Bern, NC
KForrest@carolinaeasthealth.com

 

Tell us what led you to run for the position on the NCCRA Board of Directors

My boss is Mike Dunlap.  Mike was a former President of the South Dakota Cardiopulmonary Rehab Association before moving to North Carolina.  He was asked to become part of the board in North Carolina and he did not hesitate.  I helped Mike plan our Regional Meetings and prepare for the State Symposium.  When he asked me to become the Coastal Region Vice President and said he would mentor me, I was excited to accept the challenge.

Please provide a bio highlighting special training, skills or hobbies that you bring to your profession and the board of directors.  Please focus on the professional qualifications and strengths

I have been a Registered Nurse for 28 years.  During that time I served in management for 14 years.  I have done trauma and kidney transplant at what is now Vidant.  I worked in PACU, Pediatrics, CVIMC and CVICU and now Cardiac Rehab at CarolinaEast Medical Center with 26 years of service to date.

I serve on many committees within our organization and have helped develop policies and new programs.  Prior to nursing, I managed a dental office and was a dental assistant. Before that, I worked in the business office at Craven County Hospital (now CarolinaEast). In high school I lived on my own, worked three jobs and was president of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Currently I serve on two town boards in my community and I co-chair a decorative painting group. I am in charge of planning and coordinating our annual Breakfast with Santa event through our hospital foundation as well as the Employee Campaign fundraiser.  My latest adventure is being a part of a team starting a new Walk With A Doc program in Craven County.

I love teaching and coaching new hires.  I love organizing and simplifying processes and bringing people together to achieve common goals.

Describe the direction that you would like NCCRA to take in the future and what part you would like to take in that journey

I would love to see NCCRA become more interactive.  Members would support each other and network with more programs to learn and share processes and information.  We would build a data resource center and have mentors ready to help programs either get started or become more efficient.

Since COVID I believe we have all had to isolate and struggle to survive.  It is time to come together, start supporting one another, networking, and becoming involved in our state and national organizations.  I want our membership to be active and engaged.  I would love to build the “Members Only” section of the website.  I would also love to have a regular newsletter or publication “FOR our members and BY our members”.  I would like every professional working in cardiac and pulmonary rehab to want to be a part of this organization not only for what they may gain from it but also for what they can contribute.

What are your interests outside of work?

Oh boy!  Recently I purchased a 30 foot camper and have learned to pull it myself.  I love camping with my friends and my two children.  We love biking and hiking and exploring new places.

I also love art and painting, crafting, do-it-yourself projects and I am learning welding and woodworking.  I love spending time with friends and family and also supporting our local animal shelter.

I have a little Yorkie, “Presley” that I rescued and sometimes I just enjoy spending time with him at the end of a long day.

Following the resignation of the incoming President, the NCCRA Board is pleased to say that Kelly has agreed to stay in the role of NCCRA president for a second term.  Thank you Kelly!!

 

 

 

Reminder: Cardiac Rehab Week celebration challenges

REMINDER: get your submissions for facility celebrations and staff fitness challenge in by Saturday February 19th at 4pm. The judges will announce the winners by Monday

 

You can either post on the NCCRA Facebook page or email Bridget Way at Lighthouse0424@gmail.com

This week’s addition of “Meet the Board” features your Outgoing President – Jennifer Simmons

Jennifer Simmons
Immediate Past President

 

 


Tell us what led you to run for the position on the NCCRA Board of Directors

I had been working in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation for about 4 years before becoming involved in NCCRA.  I decided to become more involved with the organization by being the chair of the exercise discipline.  I wanted to network and have the opportunity to meet more people involved in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs.  After 4 years as chair, I wanted the opportunity to develop more leadership skills and learn the behind the scenes of the NCCRA; there is so much that the Board of Directors do that most members are not aware of, that is when I decided to run for Vice President of the Mountain Region and become involved on the Board of Directors.

 

Please provide a bio highlighting special training, skills or hobbies that you bring to your profession and the board of directors.  Please focus on the professional qualifications and strengths.

I worked in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Iredell Health System and Atrium Health for a combined time of 17 years.  I have a Master of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from UNC Charlotte and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University.  I am a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine.  I most currently have completed a Master’s of Education from Appalachian State University and currently teach health occupation courses at Statesville High School.  I am very task-orientated, organized, and feel accomplished when tasks are completed.  I also feel there is much value in education and those with special skills should teach and share their knowledge of those skills for our future.

 

Describe the direction that you would like NCCRA to take in the future and what part you would like to take in that journey.

I would like to see the NCCRA become the central hub for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs.  I know most programs look to AACVPR for guidance, but the NCCRA should serve as our state’s branch of the AACVPR.

 

What are your interests outside of work?

I like being physical active whether it is exercising by running or lifting weights or being more adventurous such as mountain biking and paddle boarding.

Cardiac Rehab Week Challenge

Join us in our first annual Cardiac Rehab Challenge in celebration of Cardiac Rehab week!

Our first challenge is an individual Staff Fitness Challenge.  Who can hold an elbow plank the longest?  Do you have what it takes?  We will be accepting submissions from all cardiac rehab staff during cardiac rehab week, Feb. 14-18th.  The winning submission will win a prize!! Please post a pic and the amount of time accrued to our NCCRA Facebook page! If you don’t have access to that, you can email Bridget Way at Lighthouse0424@gmail.com. Any staff member can enter!

Our second challenge is a team challenge.  Which facility has the most creative Cardiac Week celebration? This could include decorations, the best game for patients, or creative educational activities!! Anything you want to do to celebrate both staff and patients during the week 🙂 The winning facility will get some awesome 2022 Cardiac Rehab swag! Please post a picture and a short description onto our Facebook page or you can email Bridget Way at Lighthouse0424gmail.com.

We will announce our panel of judges for the team challenge along with more prize details next week!

We hope that you will join us in some friendly cardiac rehab program competition!!