Kent Hospital's James Ginda is first Rhode Islander inducted as AARC fellow


James Ginda, MA, RRT, AE-C, CHES, respiratory care supervisor at Kent Hospital and clinical instructor at the Community College of Rhode Island, has been inducted as a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). This induction took place on Nov. 10 at the 58th International Respiratory Congress awards ceremony in New Orleans, La. AARC Fellowship recognizes respiratory therapists and physicians who have made significant and sustained contributions to the art and science of respiratory care. Ginda, who lives in Coventry, has worked at Kent since 1977.

To be nominated for this prestigious position, the nominee must have demonstrated national prominent leadership, influence and achievement in clinical practice, education or science. They must possess documented evidence of significant contribution to the respiratory care profession and to the AARC. To date, there are only 287 fellows nationally and Ginda is the first from Rhode Island to receive this professional distinction.

“I am extremely honored to have been named a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care and to represent Kent Hospital,” said Ginda. “Not only is this a personal accomplishment, but also one for the Respiratory Care Department at Kent, which I take great pride in.”

Ginda is a registered respiratory therapist, a certified asthma educator, and a certified health education specialist with more than 35 years experience in health care. He is a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care, a member and past president of the Rhode Island Society for Respiratory Care, a member of the Rhode Island Association of Certified Asthma Educators and a past member and chair of the Rhode Island Board of Respiratory Care.

Ginda has lectured in 13 states, written for national publications, and participated in a medical aerosol focus group in Canada. He has been a political advocate for respiratory care, lung health and air quality issues and has testified for the Providence City Council and committees of the Rhode Island General Assembly. He was an invited witness and provided testimony in Washington, D.C. at a United States Senate Joint Subcommittee hearing on air quality and children’s health.


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