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Notes from the dungeon.

Welcome to the Fall issue of FOCUS, our last before we celebrate our 15th anniversary in January and go from being a quarterly magazine to a bi-monthly one. We just distributed this issue to over 52,000 professionals in respiratory care and sleep medicine, another new record distribution for us and another reason for me to stop and give thanks to God and everyone who helped us grow this year.

As we wrap up our publishing year, I literally don't know who to thank first. Our writers have contributed excellent pieces all year long and I'm grateful to the new writers who will be joining us in 2006, particularly John Marini MD, taking over our Mechanical Ventilation column and Catherine Foss RRT RPFT, taking over our Pulmonary Function column. Dr. Marini, of course, is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on mechanical ventilation and pulmonary intensive care. Catherine Foss is the highly respected Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at Duke University Medical Center and the current chairwoman of the Diagnostic Section of the AARC. I am grateful to the both of them for joining us as regularly appearing columnists, starting in 2006.


Sleep professionals will be happy to hear that Dr. Frankie Roman MD JD, Patrick Sorenson, MA, RPSGT and Joshua Cole RPSGT have also agreed to begin new columns in sleep medicine for us in 2006. Dr. Roman is a highly respected sleep physician & also an attorney. Patrick Sorenson MA RPSGT is the Director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center at Boston Children's Hospital & Joshua Cole RPSGT is the education coordinator at Syntech Solutions, a premier integrated sleep medicine service provider.

I next have to thank my 3 employees, Teresa, Ryan and Lisa, who work with me here in the unfinished basement of my house cranking out issues of FOCUS and putting together the annual FOCUS conference. We're all still next to the washing machine, but their work ethic has helped us make FOCUS the #1 circulated magazine in respiratory care and sleep medicine. They've also helped me, immensely (and personally), transition to being a single father of three in 2005 after the loss of my wife last December. Thanks guys.

Lastly, I must thank our advertisers who have stuck by us all of these years growing with us in each issue. Our advertisers and exhibitors make FOCUS Journal, the annual FOCUS Buyer's Guide and the annual FOCUS conference possible. They enable us to send out this journal to so many people free of charge and I will forver be in their debt for having faith in our magazine, Buyer's Guide and annual conference.

Last, but certainly not least, is our thousands of readers. Thank you all for reading FOCUS and for the numerous positive comments spontaneously sent to us throughout the year. It is so satisfying to be sitting here in the dungeon and all of sudden receive an e-mail from a therapist or sleep tech 1500 miles away, whom I've never met or conversed with, telling us how much he/she enjoys FOCUS. It truly makes our day so feel free to write or call us anytime. (Just let it ring a few times, since we need to turn off the washing machine before we can take a call).

Stay tuned in 2006. FOCUS will be coming to you on a bimonthly basis and we will be striving to ever improve each issue. We hope to see many of you at the 6th annual FOCUS conference next April 20-22, 2006 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. We have great speakers and a ton of fun and surprises planned, so check out our website ( to find out more and try to make 2006 the year you experience a FOCUS conference.

Until then, have a great holiday season and a safe new year.

Bob Miglino RRT BSRT MPS -- Publisher
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Publication:FOCUS: Journal for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine
Date:Sep 22, 2005
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