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NY/NJ Manager/Educator Conference. Claire Aloan, MS, RRT-NPS, AE-C, FAARC. “The Rocking Chair Conference”. History. Developed 25 years ago by Ken Wyka from New Jersey (later moved to NY) and Patty Hyland from New York

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Ny nj manager educator conference

NY/NJ Manager/Educator Conference

Claire Aloan, MS, RRT-NPS, AE-C, FAARC


  • Developed 25 years ago by Ken Wyka from New Jersey (later moved to NY) and Patty Hyland from New York

  • Goal: forum for managers and educators to share information, to maintain contacts with state society leadership, and to provide a networking opportunity

  • Limited space to encourage small groups and maximum ability to interact

  • Solicited vendor support to offset cost

  • Brief attempt to incorporate other neighboring states, not successful

Conference facility
Conference Facility

  • Winterclove Inn in the Catskills for all except two years; moved down the road due to some changes in Winterclove management but came back.

  • No phones or TVs in rooms, and limited rooms means some share and some are in an annex nearby

  • Somewhat isolated location but easily accessed from both NY and NJ

  • Attendees do not leave the site, all meals in common, on site activities primarily “on the porch”, also have musical entertainment, bon fire, “resort bowling”

  • Very informal setting, comfortable and relaxing

The winterclove inn
The Winterclove Inn

The leaders
The leaders

Lori Ligon, New Jersey

Ken Wyka, New York

24th annual manager educator meeting the rocking chair conference
24th Annual Manager/Educator MeetingThe “Rocking Chair” Conference

“Respiratory Care in an Era of Health Care Reform”

Sponsored by the NYSSRC and the NJSRC

June 2 & 3, 2011

at the

Winter Clove Inn

Round Top, New York


  • Usually leaders from the New York and New Jersey Societies

  • Have invited AARC representatives as well

From new jersey
From New Jersey

  • Lori Ligon, RRT, NJSRC Conference Chair and Director, Respiratory Care Services Palisades Medical Center, North Bergen, NJ

  • Linda Melchor, BS, RRT, Vice-President, NJSRC and Respiratory Coordinator, St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ

  • Joseph Goss, MSJ, RRT, AE-C, Clinical Coordinator, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ

  • Craig L. Scanlan, EdD, RRT, FAARC, Professor, School of Health Related Professions, University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ, Newark, NJ

From new york
From New York

  • George Gaebler, MSEd, RRT, Vice-President, External Affairs for the AARC and Director, Respiratory Care, University Hospital, Syracuse, NY

  • Thomas Johnson, MS, RRT, Program Director, Respiratory Care Program, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

  • Kenneth A. Wyka, MS, RRT, FAARC NYSSRC Conference Chair, President of NYSSRC and Center Manager, Anthem Health Services, Queensbury, NY

  • Kathleen S. Wyka, AAS, CRT, AE-C, Respiratory Home Care Specialist, Anthem Health Services, Queensbury, NY

  • Robert Fluck, MS, RRT, FAARC (retired), Department of Respiratory Therapy Education, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY

Objectives 2011
Objectives 2011

By participating in this conference, attendees will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of new directions and developments in the respiratory care profession at the state and national levels.

  • Identify three advances in respiratory care technology that impact the delivery of patient care.

  • Discuss the impact healthcare reform and other legislation will have on the delivery of respiratory care.

  • Identify the challenges of healthcare reform and other legislation to respiratory care education and respiratory home care.

  • Identify the direction respiratory care should be going in along with two ways of getting there.

  • Discuss the importance of effective communication in respiratory care education, department management and in the delivery of patient care.

Thursday program
Thursday Program

  • Morning Session—Ken Wyka, Moderator

  • 9:00 AM—Impact of Healthcare Reform and Legislation on Respiratory Care—Joe Goss

  • 10:00 AM—Technological Advances in Respiratory Therapy and Their Impact on Patient Care—Ken Wyka and Lori Ligon with Conference Sponsor Representatives

  • Afternoon Session—Bob Fluck, Moderator

  • 1:00 PM—Managing State Society Issues in an Era of Healthcare Reform—Ken Wyka and Linda Melchor

Thursday program continued
Thursday program continued

  • 2:30 PM—Break-Out Sessions

  • For Educators: Should Educators Care About ‘Obamacare’? —Craig Scanlan

  • For Managers: Coping with the Impact of Healthcare Reform and Legislation on Respiratory Care Department Management—George Gaebler

  • For Home Care: Hospital and Home Care Working Together in an Era of Healthcare Reform—Kathy Wyka

Friday session
Friday session

  • 9:30 AM— Respiratory Care Labor Market in an Era of Healthcare Reform—Robert Fluck

  • 10:30—Future Directions in Respiratory Care: Who Will be the Competition And What Will We Need to Thrive?—Tom Johnson

  • 11:30 AM—Enhancing Communication Style and Delivery: Advancing the Message of Respiratory Care—Joe Goss and George Gaebler

Participants feedback
Participants Feedback

  • Best conference for networking, especially across job functions (manager, educator, home care, vendor)

  • Vendors really like ability to speak to participants as a group

  • Friendships made at Round Top have endured for years; look forward to coming back each year to catch up and learn new information

  • Great way to know what is going on at the state and national professional society levels, with opportunity to ask questions and give feedback


  • Not a huge moneymaker

  • Any profit after expenses is split evenly between New York and New Jersey

  • Used to be split based on attendance from each state but now attendance is fairly equal so just split evenly