• News in Brief
  • Do you have a computer? If so, you may have a little empathy for the problems we have been plagued with. June was a total loss so here we are in the middle of July hoping to get out an issue up to our usual standards. Special thanks to Dr. Petty for coming through with an extra newsletter!

  • One of the things we should have been doing all these years is to let folks know when their subscription is up, by mailing them a notice a month before expiration. We haven't been able to easily do that in the past, so now we are playing catch up with reminders. As always, our main wish is that you receive the newsletter if you really do find it of value. If you can't afford it, we are happy to still mail it to you, as long as you let us know that you want it. We know that many hospitals, which have received the newsletter by mail, can now download it from our web site at www.perf2ndwind.org. With costs increasing, we hope you take advantage of this if your department cannot afford the $20.00 a year subscription fee. Feel free to call us at 1 (310) 539-8390 if you have any questions.

  • Our thanks to those wonderful Breath Savers of Citrus Valley Medical Center in Covina, CA for their remembrance to PERF. Thanks also to Yolanda Weiss, John Boynton, Arnold Berliner as well as Bill &.Shirley Grindrod.
  • Mary Kojima made a donation in memory of Alice Moore. Kevin & Judy Hettich made another donation to the Chair in honor of Mary Burns. Thank you, good friends!

  • One group that we have admired for a long time is the very active Better Breathers Support Group of Green Valley, AZ. They got together and sent a letter to their Senators and Representatives about the difficulties of flying for those on oxygen. We have been working on this problem for many, many years, ever since we got the Coast Guard to allow oxygen on cruise ships way back in 1985. We hear the same rhetoric now that we did more than 15 years ago. It has been an exercise in futility. Perhaps with individual groups approaching their own representatives something might start moving. We wish this group the best of luck, for them and for the rest of us! We hope they are an inspiration and example to other groups around the country.

  • Pulmonary Rehab is alive and well in California. Congratulations to Jim Barnett's PREP support group of Mission Community Hospital in Mission Viejo. They just celebrated the 14th anniversary of their rehab program with 180 happy attendees. (It was a great party, folks! Thanks for inviting me.)

  • Please note that our previous e-mail address is no longer current. We can now be reached at perf2ndwind@perf2ndwind.org or webmaster@perf2ndwind.org through our web site.