• Congratulations to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach which celebrated the 25th anniversary of its pulmonary rehabilitation program this August. Wow! Medical Director and MC Dr. Paul Selecky did his usual masterful job with humorous commentaries on the changes we have seen in pulmonary rehab and the care of the pulmonary patient. Dr. Brian Tiep did double duty as a speaker, and playing requests on his violin during lunch. We thought we would stump him when we requested a popular Japanese song for two visiting Japanese physicians Did this phase Brian? No way! To the amazement of the Japanese guests, and the laughing applause of the crowd, he immediately fiddled the requested song. Later he spoke on changes seen in oxygen therapy these past 25 years. Mary Burns spoke about pulmonary rehabilitation around the world, which is an easy task these days. Pulmonary Rehabilitation may have taken root and blossomed here in Southern California 20 odd years ago, but it is now vigorously spreading its roots around the world.

  • Donations were made for the Rehabilitation Chair by Mary Barkman, RN, MS, and also by James Lynch in memory of Martha Cammack. Paul Seleck y, MD made a very generous donation, becoming a member of the Long Beach 500 Club. Welcome, Paul!
  • The California Medal was established more than 50 years ago. The criteria states that it is awarded to an individual, within or outside the framework of the American Lung Association of California (ALAC), who has made the most meritorious contribution to the cause, prevention or treatment of lung disease. This individual may be a physician, scientist, or educator. In October of this year, for only the second time in the history of the medal, it was awarded to two individuals, Richard Casaburi, Ph.D., MD and Mary Burns, RN, BS. Mary is only the second woman, the second non-MD, as well as the first nurse to receive this prestigious award so she was especially honored and overwhelmed by this great honor. Mary and Rich were invited to the ALAC annual meeting held at Lake Tahoe in October. It was a marvelous event! In his acceptance speech, Rich thanked the Lung Association for supporting his research in the past and thanked Mary Burns for encouraging him to start his research in rehabilitation. In her short acceptance speech Mary thanked all her patients for inspiring her, as well as thanking the many wonderful friends who helped her so much along the way. No friend has been more helpful than Rich Casaburi, so she was humbly honored to share this prestigious award with such a great scientist. Mary also hopes that her recognition will help to inspire her peers, and show them that their achievements also may someday be appreciated and recognized.
  • Donations to PERF were made by the PEP Pioneers in loving memory of Joyce William, Ruth Brand, Bob Fletcher, and George Richey. Reta Long, Bette & Bill Addington, Marge & Ralph Baxter and Mary Burns also made donations in memory of George Richey.