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Focus Fall 2016 Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine Conference.

(aka The 35th Michael Aiello Memorial Conference)

Thursday, October 27th, 2016


Active/Reserve Military and Students may register for $125

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the FOCUS Fall 2016 Conference (also fondly known and celebrating the occasion of, the 35th annual Michael Aiello Memorial Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine Conference), this year, at the beautiful Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.


For 2016, we've compiled ten interesting and pertinent lectures for respiratory therapists and 10 lectures for sleep technologists all being presented by some of the profession's most esteemed speakers.

The cost of this annual conference (same fee for the 25th year in a row) is amongst the lowest in the country and a fun experience, as it has been for 35 years. The topics are pertinent and were all chosen to enable attendees to take practical information back to their respective health care settings. The conference will also feature exhibitors presenting the latest in equipment and services. Drop by their booths to see their products and enter the raffles many will be holding.

Of course, in addition to being an educational forum, let us not overlook the social aspects of what has become an annual Fall tradition. Old and new colleagues reuniting at a great time of year (peak fall foliage will be in bloom) to learn, network and socialize. See you there !

Bob Miglino RRT BSRT MPS--Conference Chairman

Michael Aiello RRT


Co-Chairman Emeritus of the Focus Fall 2016

Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine Conference


Use the enclosed form to register for this year's conference. The early registration deadline is October 15, 2016. Registration after October 15, 2016 and at the door, is available for an additional $55 fee. Register early to insure your place and to save money. Note our military and student discounts and take addvantage of them if they appy to you.

Because of non-refundable commitments made to the hotel, NO refunds will be made after October 15, 2016, for any reason. Cancellations made before October 15, 2016 will be assessed a $25 processing fee.


Focus Conferences are well known for their door prizes throughout the day. Last year, over $1000 worth of prizes were won by attendees. Is this your lucky year?

CRCE and CSTE Contact Hours

Application will be made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and the Board for Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) for CRCE and CSTE continuing education contact hours.


Contact Bob Miglino via E-mail:


The GPS address of the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel is: 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Parking is in the hotel's underground parking lot and is free of charge (after validation). A block of rooms has been held for people who wish to stay the night before the conference (night of October 26th). The rate is $99/night plus taxes. Call (845) 485-5300 to make reservations. Tell the reservation clerk you are attending the Focus Conference. For directions from numerous locations including NYC, Long Island, CT, NJ, Albany, MA and PA visit the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel website at


7:45am     WELCOME

7:50am     Lecture #1--Alphonso Quinones DHA, MA, RRT-NPS, RPFT,
           Being Part of a Winning Team--Understand Thyself First

8:50am     Lecture #2--Robert Kacmarek RRT PhD FAARC
           Mechanical Ventilation 2016--State of the Art

9:50am     Coffee and Exhibits

10:10am    Lecture #3--Alphonso Quinones DHA, MA, RRT-NPS, RPFT,
           Update on Asthma Therapeutics

11:10am    Lecture #4--Robert Kacmarek RRT PhD FAARC
           Sophisticated Ventilator Modes--When and How to Use Them

12:10pm    LUNCH & EXHIBITS

1:30pm     Lecture #5--Robert Kacmarek RRT PhD FAARC
           Managing Recalcitrant Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure

2:30pm     Lecture #6--Alphonso Quinones DHA, MA, RRT-NPS, RPFT,
           Neonatal Assessment--Back to the Important Basics

3:30pm     SNACK BREAK

3:45pm     Lecture #7--Robert Kacmarek RRT PhD FAARC
           Artificial Airways, Cuffs, Biofilm and Ventilator-
           Associated Pneumonia

4:45pm     Lecture #8--Alphonso Quinones DHA, MA, RRT-NPS, RPFT,
           Advances in Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

5:45pm     Lecture #9--Joseph Sorbello M.Ed RRT
           Patient Handoff: Shift Report--Best Practices to
           Optimize Patient Safety and Outcomes--Part 1

6:45pm     Lecture #10--Joseph Sorbello M.Ed RRT
           Patient Handoff: Shift Report--Best Practices to
           Optimize Patient Safety and Outcomes--Part 2



7:45am     WELCOME

7:50am     Lecture #1--Peter Allen BSRC, RRT-NPS, RST, RPSGT
           The Pharmaceutical Rx. of Sleep Disorders--The Useless &
           the Useful

8:50am     Lecture #2--Peter Allen BSRC, RRT-NPS, RST, RPSGT
           Admission and Care of Complex Patients for your Sleep Lab

9:50am     Coffee and Exhibits

10:10am    Lecture #3--David M. Rapoport, M.D
           History of CPAP and Current Variations in Use

11:10am    Lecture #4--David M. Rapoport, M.D
           The ASV Story--What We Can Learn from Failure

12:10pm    LUNCH & EXHIBITS

1:30pm     Lecture #5--David M. Rapoport, M.D
           OSA--More than just Anatomy

2:30pm     Lecture #6--Peter Allen BSRC, RRT-NPS, RST, RPSGT
           Expiratory Apneas in Children--What is This ?

3:30pm     SNACK BREAK

3:45pm     Lecture #7--Robyn Woitdke RN, RPSGT, CCSH
           Women and Sleep--The Teen Years through Menopause

4:45pm     Lecture #8--Robyn Woitdke RN, RPSGT, CCSH
           Pediatric Insomnia--Behavioral verses Physiological Causes

5:45pm     Lecture #9--Thomas Kazlausky
           Actigraphy 2016--Part 1

6:45pm     Lecture #10--Thomas Kazlausky
           Actigraphy 2016--Part 2

7:45pm     Adjournment


Robert Kacmarek PhD, RRT, FAARC--is the Director of Respiratory Care at Mass. General Hospital (Boston) and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a veteran therapist, with 40+ years of experience, a fellow of the AARC and the author and/or co-auditor of 12 texts pertaining to Pulmonary Medicine and Respiratory Care and the principal author of over 200 published reports and research papers in numerous peer-reviewed journals.


Alphonso Quinones DHA, MA, RRT-NPS, RPFT, RPSGT, CCT, AE-C is a veteran RRT and a Fellow of the ACHE. He was a member of the NY State licensure board for 10 years including as chairman. He has published papers in journals including Focus Journal, the AARC Times and CHEST. He is the director of the Respiratory Therapy Department at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island and is an Associate Professor of Healthcare Leadership at Molloy College.


Joseph Sorbello M.Ed RRT--Joseph Sorbello has been a RRT for 40 years the last 25 of which have been as an educator. Joseph is the Chairman & an Associate Professor in the Department of Respiratory Therapy Education at SUNY Medical University in Syracuse NY. He is the immediate past-chairman of the AARC's Education Section and is an immediate past-member of the AARC Board of Directors. He is a Past President 14 year Board member of the NYSSRC.


Robyn Woitdke RN, RPSGT, CCSH--Robin is a registered nurse as well as a registered poly-som-nog-rapher and is certified in clinical sleep health. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of sleep medicine and has authored numerous publications. She is also a frequent, nationally renowned speaker at national and local sleep conferences. Robyn is currently a consultant to the medical device and sleep industries.


Peter Allen BSRC, RRT-NPS, RST, RPSGT--Peter is a veteran Respiratory Therapist and Sleep Technologist who started his career in 1982. He possesses a BSRC degree and is employed by Main Line Health as a Clinical Coordinator at the Riddle and Exton Sleep Disorders Centers. He is a nationally renowned speaker and in 2014 he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Sleep Society. Recently he completed a term as Sleep Section Chair for the AARC.


David M. Rapoport, M.D--is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine, where he serves as Director of the Sleep Medicine Program and Director of Research at the NYU Sleep Disorders Program. He was one of the early contributors to the development of nasal CPAP as a treatment for sleep apnea. Dr. Rapoport is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine.


Thomas Kazlausky, M.Che.--Thomas Kazlausky is a pioneer in Actigraphy with 25 years of experience in the technical design of devices, analysis software and with various Actigraphy applications in all populations. Today, he serves as the President of Ambulatory Monitoring Incorporated headquartered in Ardsley, NY. Tom looks forward to continuing to serve the medical community and participating in the growth of Actigraphy as a clinically useful tool.

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Date:Jun 22, 2016
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