Patricia Jon Berkoski, RRT-NPS

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    Job Title :
    Respiratory Care Practitioner III

    Areas of Treatment :
    Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    Specialties :
    Respiratory Therapist

    Hospital Affiliation :
    St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center

    Practice Name :
    St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center

    Location :
    SOUTHAMPTON, 11968 United States

    Years in Practice :

    Description of Practice :

    Develped the Respiratory Therapy Department at a Community Hospital of 206 Beds. Duties and Responsibilities included Managerial and Clinical Performances (1970 - 1985).    Lab Director / Instructor at a AMA Approved Respiratory Care Program (1990 - 1996 ).    Respiratory Care Staff Therapist at a Teritary Care Center (1985-1987).  Staff Therapist at Teritary SUNY University Hospital, Stony Brook NY (1987 - 1996): Worked in the following Critical Care Areas: Medical, Surgical, Pediatric, Neonatal, Transport, Open Heart Intensive Care,  Shock / Trauma,  Post Op Anesthesia, Burn Intensive Care, and Long Term Respiratory Care Unit. Ventilator Setup, Ventilator Checks, Airway Care, Intubation, Extubation, Suctioning, Administering Medications, Arterial Blood gas Sampling / Analysis, Transports. Respiratory Care Coordinator, Cystic Fibrosis Program, SUNY @ Stony Brook, NY (1990 - 1996). The Cystic Fibrosis Center was an Approved Center by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in Maryland.    Duties included Primary Care Administrator for Respiratory Care Therapies; Education, In-Services, CF Clinic Spirometry Testing and Airway Clearance; CF Support Group, and CF Research Programs Coordinator.  Clinical Education Faculty Member, SUNY, Respiratory Care Program, Stony Brook, NY.  Advisory Committee Member for the Respiratory Care Program, SUNY at Stony Brook. President of the Cardiac & Pulmonary Association, Nassau /Suffolk (CAPRANS) (2002-2006 and 2008 - 2012).   The Long Island Region of the New York State Organization. Editor in Chief of the New York State Association for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (NYSAC&PR) (2000 - 2005).    NYSAC&PR:  Member of Board of Governors (2000 - 2006)  Chairperson of NYSAC&PR Annual Conference  (2005; 2011)

    Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapist: Perform all aspects of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Assessment, Pulmonary Dignositic Testing, Exercise Training, Quality of Life and Patient Education including Smoking Cessation Program.  Clinical Educator for Pulmonary Rehabilitation for the SUNY @ Stony Brook Respiratory Care Program.    Participated in developing the Policy and Procedure Manual for Pulmonary Rehabulation Department.   Attained National Cerifications and Re- Certifications for my Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs from the AACVPR ( American Association of Cardio Vascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation).  Organized Community Educational Seminars for Pulmonary Patients Biannually.  

    Pulmonary Function RRT;   Perform and Interpret Complete Pulmonary Function Tesats, Perform Oxygen Titration Tests, Pharmacological Therapies, Pre-Post Bronchodilator Treatments, Methacholine Challenge Testing, Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing, Six Minute Walk Testing, ABG Sampling / Interpretation, Sterilize / Disinfect Pulmonary Funchion Equipment, Troubleshoot Equipment, Perform Daily Calibrations / Quality Controls, PFT Preceptor for the SUNY Respiratory Care Student on Clinical Rotation.  

    Areas of Expertise :
    Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Adult, Neonatal, Pediatric, Critical Care, Respiratory Care

    Education/Degree :
    BS Cardio-Respiratory Sciences, SUNY@ Stony Brook, MS Gerontology, Long Island University

    Year Graduated :
    1988; 1999

    Board Certification :
    CPR; ACLS; PALS; American Heart Association; Neonatal / Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist NBRC Certification 1992; NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapist 1986; NBRC Certified Respiratory Therapis

    Faculty Appointments :

    • Taught, Molloy College

    How do you try to make a difference in the lives of your patients?

    I have always prided myself in caring for my patients whether in an Inpatient Setting or Outpatient Setting.   I believe that through caring, patience, education and listening, patients can heal physically and emotionally.  Death and dying, supporting the families and the patients is very important when you have cared for the sick, whether it be a pre-mature baby, a child or someone's mom or grandma.  Compassion, caring, and the expertise one has learned in their health care field are a few qualities every health care worker should express to their patients. 

    Professional Society Memberships :
    American Association for Respiratory Care, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, National Board for Respiratory Care, Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Scleroderma Foundation; Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation

    Honors and Awards :

    • Outstanding SUNY Respiratory Care Program Alumni Award, Stony Brook University, 2011
    • NYSAC&PR Certificate of Appreciation, 2014
    • Ship's Wheel Achievement Award, 1998

    Articles/Publications :

    All Research Published

    Teaching and Speaking :

    I have been fortunate in my respiratory care career to be invited to speak at several different venues.  I have spoken to national conferences of the American College of Chest Physicians on the topic of "Pulmonary Rehabilitation and its Benefits to Patients with COPD."  I have spoken to state conferences for the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation organizations.  I have spoken locally at different support groups for pulmonary patients.  I also have spoke at high schools on career day, introducing to the students what it would be like to have a career in respiratory care.   For many years, I hosted an educational seminar day, bi-annually, open to the community for anyone with pulmonary disease or to their caregivers.  In all of my pulmonary rehabilation programs, I have provided weekly formal lectures on issues concerning pulmonary illness.  Pulmonary education, to teach patients how to take better care of themselves, so that they can manage their health and have fewer hospitalizations, is key.

    Research Interests :

    Critical Care Programs Coordinator / Department of Pulmonary Medicine  (1998 - 2005)

         Administrative Research Study Coordinator: NY-Early Lung Cancer Action     Program (NY-ELCAP)

         Clinical Research Coordinator:  National Emphysema Treatment Trial Research Program  

    Clinical Research Coordinator  (2005 - 2008)

    • Registry to Evaluate Early And Long-term Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Disease Management
    • A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of the Addition of Inhaled Iloprost in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Receiving Oral Sildenafil
    • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QuERI)
    • Biomarkers in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

    §         Sleep Disturbances and Pulmonary Artery/ Aorta diameter in Scleroderma Patient

    §         The Study of CT Scan and Echocardiogram Parameters in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension with Regards to Hemodynamics, Sleep Studies, and Various laboratory Markers

    §         Correlation of Hemodynamics in Pulmonary Hypertension with Perfusion Lung Scans

    §         Changes in Mood Changes as studied by Geriatric Depression scale in a Cohort of patients with Advanced Lung Diseases Undergoing Intensive Pulmonary Rehabilitation 

    Philanthropic Initiatives :

    I Personally Contribute to the following:

    The American Lung Association

    The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

    The Pulmonary Hypertension Association



    Attributes Success To:

    My family.   I was a single mother of two small children and I wanted to secure our future.  That was what motivated me to persue continuing my education, and provide stability for my family.  Respiratory Care has always been a good career path for me.  I have been fortunate to experience many areas of administering care to those in need. And I have always felt very passionate about being a Respiratory Therapist.

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    Place of Birth :
    Southampton, New York

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    Hobbies/Sports :
    Yoga, Dancing, Swimming, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Walking, Community Benefits, Her 2 Grand Kids

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