PSRC Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2016, the PSRC began awarding the PSRC Lifetime Achievement Award to honor a PSRC member annually who has best demonstrated throughout their career the qualities of excellence, compassion, collaboration, volunteerism, and extreme competence to the field of Respiratory Care.  It is an honor bestowed on those that personify the dedication and spirit of those committed to the practice of respiratory care and best exemplify the mission and vision of the PSRC.

PSRC Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Nominations are now CLOSED! 

Keep an eye out for the announcement of the 2021 PSRC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner!


2020 Kenneth Miller

Ken has been a mentor, teacher, and outstanding clinician at Lehigh Valley Hospital for over 40 years.  His nominations described him as a compassionate professional that is an expert in pulmonary critical care that imparts his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm onto everyone in the care team.  He is dedicated to continuing to advance the knowledge and skill of the RT’s at LVHN as well as all the students that pass through.  He has been a department representative on many workgroups and task forces at LVHN, most recently the COVID-19 task force where is ensured all were up to date on the ever-evolving flood of reports and literature from around the world.  Ken’s dedication to science, research, and his community shows in everything he does, Including personally taking part in the early vaccine trials and volunteering to administer vaccines once they were available.

Ken has been a frequent presenter at numerous PSRC and AARC educational events and served on the PSRC Board of Directors as a Director @ Large - Adult Acute Care.

2020 Douglas Albright

(posthumous award)

The PSRC is honored to present a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award to Doug Albright MEd, RRT.  Doug was a respected educator and leader of so many clinicians during his extended career in south central PA. He was the epitome of what a caring professional respiratory therapist should be for everyone he encountered. This was so very evident at his funeral, where the large church was filled to capacity with not only his personal family and friends, but also his work family and friends.  Many respiratory therapists as well as CEO's, doctors, nurses, nuns, equipment vendors, paramedics, dietary staff, and housekeepers he had encountered through the various places he worked.  He touched many with his larger-than-life personality, and many came to show the respect he gave to them.

Doug inspired many students through his years of teaching at Bryn Mawr and he was a dedicated Director of the Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center at the time of his passing. He was always involved in the PSRC, holding many leadership roles including serving as the PSRC SE District Director and PSRC President.  He encouraged his students and staff members to be very involved in the profession of which he was so proud and fought hard to move it (us) forward in the medical mix of professions; he was a proponent of further education and wanted the BS degree and RRT certifications to be the standard, as he knew the value that a skilled and educated clinician could provide for optimum patient care. 

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2019 Robert Shellenberger
2018 Kenneth Kraut
2017 Bradley A. Leidich
2016 William F. Galvin

Award Nomination Criteria

In order to be eligible for nomination, the nominee must meet the following criteria:

1)  Nominee must have maintained AARC / PSRC membership for a period of at least ten (10) years or longer.

2)  The nominee must have a demonstrated relationship to the field of Respiratory Care for a period of at least 10 years or longer during their career.

3)   The nominee must have demonstrated a significant contribution to the PSRC during their career.  Examples of significant contribution include serving as a member of the PSRC Board of Directors and/or serving as a member or chair of one or more PSRC committees. 

(Note:  Members may be nominated posthumously.)