Dana EvansDana Evans Honored with 2013 American Association for Respiratory Care Management Specialty Practitioner of the Year Award

Dana Evans, MHA, RRT-NPS (BHS '01, MHA '07) is the recipient of the 2013 American Association for Respiratory Care Management Specialty Practitioner of the Year Award. Dana was presented the award at the 59th Annual International Respiratory Care Congress on November 16th in Anaheim, California. This award honors outstanding achievements in the specialty practice area of Respiratory Care Management.

Dana is an exemplary manager who continually looks for opportunities to provide her therapists at Mercy Children's Hospital-St. Louis with the critical knowledge and tools they need to deliver quality respiratory care. She demonstrates her leadership commitment through her active participation with the Missouri Society for Respiratory Care (MSRC) as well as the AARC.

Dana serves as a Missouri delegate to the AARC House of Delegates and is a member of the Committee on Student Mentorship. Dana has lectured extensively at MSRC conferences for many years and recently began presenting at the national level at AARC Congress 2012 in New Orleans. She also presented an AARC webcast on pediatric NIV in May of this year and has published articles in Pediatric Transport and Emerging Infectious Diseases. She was a contributing editor for the latest Oakes Pocket Guide to Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care and she also reviews clinical articles for AARC Times.

Dana shares her leadership skills as a member of the MSRC board of directors. She has served in a variety of capacities at the district and state level throughout the years and is the state society's outgoing vice president. For the past six years she has served as chair of the Planning Committee for the annual state meeting and educational conference.

In her position as respiratory care manager, Dana takes an active role in determining the future direction of her health care system. Her membership on a system-wide committee representing 32 hospitals contributed to the implementation of care pathways for asthma coordination. Dana is generous with her time and talent and serves as a wonderful example of a leadership role model and mentor for our profession. She exemplifies one of the best the AARC has to offer.