Jared Rice, originally of Seneca, Pa, has been selected by the American Respiratory Care Foundation as the recipient of the William F. Miller, MD Postgraduate Education Recognition Award. The award recognizes qualified respiratory therapists who are pursuing an advanced degree with the ultimate goal of leadership in health care.
Rice graduated with an Associate Degree in Respiratory Care from Venango College of Clarion University in 2009. He accepted a position upon graduation at University Hospitals' Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He works in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Rice is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in both general management and international business at Tiffin University.
After Rice gained a few years of experience he embarked on a medical mission trip with the International Children's Heart Foundation. The primary goal of the trip to Najaf, Iraq was to assist with free surgeries on children with heart defects. Through education and training, the Foundation hopes to establish self-sustaining pediatric cardiac surgery programs at the local hospitals there.
Rice stated that, "receiving recognition for this award out of all the qualified respiratory therapists in the United States is a surprise. It is a significant accomplishment, but it is not an endpoint. I still have many goals I am working to achieve and I plan on continuing my education. Education is the tool of a successful future."
“It is wonderful to see our graduates perform outstanding service in their chosen professions,” said Professor Renee Bloom, Chair of the Department of Allied Health. “Our students are committed to their fields and always impress me with how much dedication they put forth in growing professionally.”