Oregon Tech Raises Nearly $700,000 for Respiratory Care Program Equipment to Support Student Success

November 10, 2022, Klamath Falls, Oregon.. Oregon Tech’s respiratory care program will be equipped with new equipment and technology thanks to three generous grants totaling $696,000. A main grant of $50,000 was awarded by the Roundhouse Foundation, followed by $200,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds through the Klamath County Economic Development Association (KCEDA) and a $446 grant. $000 from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Wash.

The Oregon Tech Foundation is leading the effort to raise a total of $920,000 for respiratory care program equipment, which will provide the funds needed to ensure students are trained on the state-of-the-art equipment used in hospitals today. today. Raising the remaining $244,000 will allow students to learn about this life-saving equipment.

Oregon Tech’s respiratory care program was in the spotlight throughout 2020-22 as respiratory therapists were called upon during the pandemic to operate ventilators and provide lifesaving respiratory interventions.

“COVID-19, influenza, and an increase in respiratory syncytial virus are all impacting the health and well-being of our communities,” said Dr. Ken Fincher, executive director of the Oregon Tech Foundation and vice- President of University Advancement. “Oregon Tech’s respiratory care program prepares respiratory therapists to meet the demand for these and other conditions encountered daily in health care settings.”

The Respiratory Care Diploma program prepares students to sit for National Board of Respiratory Care certification and enter the respiratory care profession. Graduates of the Oregon Tech program earn an average salary of $65,000 within six months of graduation.

These significant investments in respiratory care equipment and technology will provide students with hands-on experiences using the latest and most varied equipment to better prepare them to become respiratory therapy professionals. This will also allow for potential expansion of the program.

Grants were received from three organizations:

  • The Roundhouse Foundation, based in Sisters, Oregon, partners with community organizations to develop, implement, and sustain creative, place-based approaches and programs designed to strengthen and celebrate rural Oregon and beyond. The organization’s initial $50,000 prize kicked off the fundraising campaign for respiratory care.
  • US bailout law funding has been allocated to KCEDA by Representative E. Werner Reschke to enable continued and expanded access to services, including supporting the public health response and laying the foundation for a strong and equitable economic recovery. Funds have been distributed by KCEDA to benefit rural health outcomes in the Klamath Basin and beyond.
  • The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, awards grants to organizations in five Pacific Northwest states – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington – that seek to strengthen the educational and cultural base of the region in creative and sustainable ways.

The funding will purchase humidifiers, Hillrom beds, preterm newborn mannequins, a lung function testing system, ventilators, bi-level positive airway pressure devices and a neonatal birth simulator for teaching and learning of bedside skills development, clinical applications and ongoing response to current and future COVID healthcare crises.

Roundhouse Foundation, American Rescue Plan Act and MJ Murdock Charitable Trust grants enhance Oregon Tech’s already world-class respiratory care program, benefit rural health outcomes and provide job creation continues with economic benefits.

To support the Respiratory Care Program Equipment Campaign, please contact Director of Development Mira Wonderwheel at 541-851-5679 or [email protected]

Ryan H. Bowman