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2008: Respiratory Practitioner & Asthma Educator Receives Award
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Respiratory Practitioner & Asthma Educator Receives Award

Central DuPage Hospital therapist with 35 years of experience honored for significant impact to profession

WINFIELD, Ill., September 24, 2008 - Deborah Linhart, BS, RRT, RCP, AE-C, respiratory care practitioner and asthma educator at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) was recently recognized by the Illinois Society for Respiratory Care (ISRC) with their Legacy Award.

The award is a celebration of persons who have dedicated major portions of their lives to the development, improvement and advancement of the respiratory profession. Through their vision, vitality and diligence, these individuals have significantly impacted respiratory care as it is practiced today in Illinois.

"Debbie has taken a leadership role for many years in this regard in that she has been active in promoting the profession by working with both our state and national professional group," said respiratory care manager at Central DuPage Hospital, Penny Hoshell, RCP, RRT, NPS, MBA. "She has completed advanced training, including the professional exam that allows her to carry the credential of Certified Asthma Educator. I am so proud of her accomplishments."

Linhart has held the positions of secretary, vice president, president elect, president and past president and parliamentarian of the ISRC and two terms as Chairperson in Chapter 2 region, which includes Cook and nine surrounding counties. Linhart is currently serving her second four-year term as a delegate from the Illinois Society to the House of Delegates of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

A graduate of Northwestern University Affiliated Hospitals School of Respiratory Therapy, Linhart received an associate's degree from College of DuPage and a bachelor of science from University of St. Francis.

The mother of two college-aged children, this Elmhurst native now resides in Winfield.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is the third most active hospital in Illinois performing total joint replacements. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. To learn more information about CDH visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH.