Category Archives: Community-Based Programs

Press Release: CMSA Elects Victoria Florentine to BOD


The Case Management Society of America, Sacramento Chapter, has elected Victoria Florentine, BA, RRT, CCM, AE-C, to the 2016 Board of Directors.  Victoria is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Case Manager, and is the President and Owner of Select Respiratory Services, LLC.  This is the first time a Respiratory Therapist has been elected to the Board of Directors for this Chapter of the CMSA. Select Respiratory Services, LLC, provides home respiratory care and consulting services.  It is based in […]

Talking With Your Doctor: Getting Ready for Your Appointment


Talking With Your Doctor: Getting Ready for Your Appointment A basic plan that you prepare ahead of time can help you get the most out of your medical appointment.  This presentation focuses on communication tips for routine medical visits, whether they are with your doctor, nurse, respiratory therapist, or other care provider. There are things you can do to prepare for your appointment so that you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish and do not forget […]

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Press Release: Select Respiratory Services Joins NHLBI Breathe Better Network


A Campaign to Raise Awareness of COPD Select Respiratory Services, LLC, is pleased to announce its Core Membership in the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI’s) Breathe Better Network, part of the COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign.  Launched in 2007, the Breathe Better Network has grown to include more than 80 members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  From generating media attention, hosting screening events, and convening COPD coalitions, to disseminating materials and even driving […]

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What Do Nasal Allergies and Asthma Have in Common?


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It is uncertain what causes some people to have nasal allergies and asthma. We are still learning what is going on in the body when people have either of these conditions. But we do know that allergies and asthma have a lot in common. Nasal allergies occur in the “upper airways” (the nose, sinus cavities, and throat), while asthma occurs in the “lower airways” (the lungs). Though the locations are different, allergies and asthma appear to cause the same sorts […]

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Who Needs a Patient Advocate?


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A nurse at high risk for breast cancer called to make an appointment for her annual preventive mammogram.  During the phone call, the appointment scheduler asked the nurse if she was experiencing any symptoms.  She told the scheduler that her skin was itchy, including her breasts, but she was pretty sure the itching was caused by the new soap she was using.  Unbeknownst to the nurse, the scheduler noted “itching breasts” in her chart, and instead of scheduling her for […]

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Meet Victoria Florentine


Helping the sick was a natural choice for Victoria Florentine, whose father became ill with heart and lung disease when he was thirty-five years old.  From age ten, Victoria called for the ambulance, kept her mother and the other four children calm and quiet, and held her father’s hand until help arrived.  Although her father did not live long enough to see it, Victoria dedicated her life to guiding those with breathing disorders toward better health. Victoria began her healthcare […]

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