The Mission of Respiratory Care Week
- Honor and thank respiratory care professions for their contributions
- Demonstrate the value of respiratory care professionals in all healthcare settings
- Promote respiratory health in the workplace and the community
- Increase awareness of lung health issues in all environments
- Educate and encourage prospective students about career opportunities and growth of the profession
The History of Respiratory Care Week
National Respiratory Therapy Week became an official national event in 1982 when executives and officers of the American Associate for Respiratory Therapy (AART) visited the White House and President Ronald Reagan made the declaration of National Respiratory Therapy Week.
In 1986, AART became the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and RT Week became National Respiratory Care Week - now better known as RC week. Since then, the national event in honor of respiratory care professions has steadily grown to reach all 50 states in the U.S. and beyond.
And in 2003, lung health awareness was escalated even further with the establishment of Lung Health Day, celebrated during Respiratory Care Week. Today, RC Week and Lung Health Day are delivering the message to medical professionals and consumers around the world.