Alumnus, Frank Salvatore, MBA, RRT, FAARC, is president-elect of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARP) for 2014. He was installed at the AARC Congress held Sunday, November 17, 2013.
Salvatore is currently the director of Respiratory Services, Sleep Medicine, and Outpatient Wound Healing Centers at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, New York where he has practiced since March 2009. Prior to that Salvatore managed Respiratory Services, Sleep, Pulmonary Rehab and Neurophysiology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. After earning his Bachelors of Science at the University of Hartford in Respiratory Therapy in 1988, he married University of Hartford graduate, Sheryl Silfen a year later. In 2009, he received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Salvatore has a history of serving the profession of Respiratory Care. He first joined the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 1986 while still a student at the University of Hartford and has held continuous membership in the organization since then. He became involved in the Connecticut Society for Respiratory Care (CTSRC) which is a chartered affiliate of the AARC serving in many roles from director, to treasurer, an to becoming the first person to serve two years as president of the CTSRC from 2000-2002.
In 2002 Salvatore was honored to be named a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (FAARC). In 2006, while serving as the senior delegate from Connecticut to the House of Delegates, he was elected to serve as that body's treasurer and then elected as speaker-elect in 2007; a position he fulfilled through 2009. In 2010, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the AARC for a three year term. In 2013, he was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the AARC and now is the president-elect of the Association. Salvatore's official term as president of the AARC will begin on December 10, 2014 at the AARC International Conference and Meetings in Las Vegas Nevada.
Salvatore often tells the story of how he stumbled upon respiratory therapy after not doing so well in his first semester at the University. He saw a posting on a bulletin board in Dana Hall about the respiratory program which was relatively new at the time. He made his way to director Peter Kennedy's office and the rest is history. Savotore recounts, "I found my profession and, although I may not have been the best student in the University, I have not once regretted my decision to become a Respiratory Therapist. I owe it all to UHA and am proud to say I’m a graduate." The University, particularly the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, is equally proud to recognize the contribution of service alumnus Frank Salvatore has made to the profession of respiratory therapy.