Registered respiratory therapist Heather Houlahan was appointed to the hospital to assist during the pandemic and to assist with other respiratory problems. With 25 years of experience, Houlahan specialized in critical care and cardio-pulmonary medicine.
Respiratory therapists were typically involved in crisis situations and supported patients with acute critical conditions, cardiac and lung disease. They worked closely with anesthetists to provide patient respiratory care. Since her arrival at the hospital, Houlahan secured new equipment and provided new policies and training for staff.
Even before she started her career, Houlahan had experience with crisis situations. “My father was a pilot who flew Medivac ambulances and he introduced me to his respiratory therapy colleagues,” she said. “Plus, I have seven siblings, so I’ve grown up in a lot of chaos.”
The hospital planned to increase the number of services to patients with respiratory issues such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.