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2017 Day on the Hill Scholarship Recipient

2017 Day on the Hill Scholarship Recipient

Passionate advocates and informed providers are essential to the vitality of the cardiopulmonary rehab industry. At LSI, we’re committed to supporting cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals by providing meaningful scholarship opportunities to encourage advocacy and learning.

Most recently, we awarded our Day on the Hill Scholarship to Sherrie Hill, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinical Coordinator at Shore Medical Center in Chestertown, Maryland. The scholarship provided full accommodations, registration and travel to AACVPR’s Annual Day on the Hill in Washington D.C. on March 13 -14, 2017.

To learn more about AACVPR’s Day on the Hill advocacy and what you can do throughout the year to make a difference in the cardiopulmonary industry, read our recent blog post: What to do if you can’t attend AACVPR’s Day on the Hill 2017. LSI has been the primary supporter of the educational workshops at the Day on the Hill event for the last five years and we’re excited to continue this important advocacy support in the future.

LSI’s Day on the Hill Scholarship recipient, Sherrie Hill (center)

With the help of our scholarship, Sherrie was able to join LSI and other leaders to meet with legislators and lobby for the interests of our industry. During this year’s event, we asked Congress to support legislation amending the Social Security Act to allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs on a day-to-day basis.

From left to right: Tammy Riebe, Beth Salko, Allison Steil (Deputy Chief of Staff for Paul Ryan), Chad Rateike (LSI Regional Director), Lance Maerz and Thorne Wittstruck

We asked Sherrie to describe what the experience meant to her and here’s what she had to say:

“Please share my thanks with the LSI team for providing a scholarship so I could attend the Roadmap to Reform (R2R) workshop on March 13th. The speakers were very interesting and I gained important knowledge to take back to our program. And of course the networking with other rehab programs is priceless!

I was also happy to be part of the Day on the Hill again. It was my third year attending and I am starting to feel a little more independent when meeting with the legislators about the current issues in cardiac rehab. Other Maryland rehab professionals and I feel strongly that we need to meet in person with our representatives so they can see how passionate we are about providing the best care to our patients. I believe that an in-person visit is much more powerful than an email or letter and I hope that every state will try to send representatives to Day on the Hill in the future. Together our voices are very strong! So again, thank you to LSI for your generous scholarship!”

Congratulations to Sherrie! Thank you for your passionate support of our industry.

To view other LSI professional scholarships, visit our scholarships page.

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