Burnout Management in the Time of COVID

a panel discussion among respiratory therapy directors

Moderated by John Walsh in discussion with four Respiratory Department Directors across the country: Peggy Bartram, MHA, RRT-NPS, Kim Bennion, MsHS, RRT, CHC, Marc Leaderstorf, RRT, and Matthew Pavlichko, MS RRT-NPS. These four respiratory directors will have a panel discussion on the topic of managing a respiratory department and clinician burnout during the time of COVID. The conversation will cover managing challenges, including clinician shortages, impact on patient care, and more. John Walsh will moderate and the four panelists below will participate.

Panelist Bios:

Peggy Bartram is the Clinical Manager for Respiratory Care Services at a tertiary hospital in Northern California. She has been a respiratory therapist for over 30 years in the acute care setting, working with neonates, pediatrics and adults. During the last 15 years, Peggy has held various management roles in both acute short term and long term facilities. Throughout her career, Peggy has led positive practice with national impact, from being one of the early adopters of CPAP use in EMS to standardizing on heated humidification and speaking value into the vent weaning process in LTACHs.

Kim Bennion has worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist for over 45 years in adult, pediatric and newborn intensive care and as a certified Health Care Senior Compliance Consultant for twelve years. She has served in numerous Board positions for the Utah Society for Respiratory Care, including President. She has authored/co-authored over seventy abstract publications and was awarded the 2014 Charles W. Serby COPD Fellowship by the American Respiratory Care Foundation. Kim was awarded the Specialty Practitioner of the Year award by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2018. She is currently serving on the Utah Division of Professional Licensing board, American Association for Respiratory Care’s Board of Directors and as the Chair of the organization’s Management Section.

Marc Leaderstorf is Director of Respiratory Care Services at a regional health system in upstate New York. He has been a Respiratory Therapist for more than 40 years, most of his career caring for neonates and pediatric patients, in the last 4 years he has focused on adult patients as well. He has taught at the local for 30 years as well and has done some consulting and lectures through the years. His current focus is to help the wellness and resiliency of all staff members within the hospitals he works with, currently sitting on, and working with three different committees and projects.

Matt Pavlichko is the Director of Respiratory Care & Pulmonary at a regional health system in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He has been a Respiratory Therapist for over 20 years, caring for both adults and children. During the last 10 years, Matt has held various management level roles. He currently is the Chair Elect of the Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care and has been one of the leads of the Pennsylvania Leader’s Association for Respiratory Care Services (LARS), whose goal is to improve the leadership and management capabilities of Respiratory Care professionals.

This course is AARC accredited for 1 CRCE under the Management (MGT) category.


Your Instructor


John Walsh
John Walsh

John Walsh is a Respiratory Therapist and currently holds the position of Area Vice President with Vapotherm.
Prior to this, he used high velocity therapy on adult patients in the Emergency Department.
John has been with Vapotherm for 19 years, and in that time has helped hospitals all over the world, on implementing and using this therapy.


Course Curriculum


  Course: Burnout Management in the Time of COVID
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