Get to know Respiratory Therapist Mary Frances Jones-Odele, who serves the population of Houston, Texas.
Mary completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston om 1979. Wanting to continue her education she recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a certificate in Accounting. She is certified Respiratory Therapist and had practiced with Memorial Hermann in 1998, giving her over two decades of experience though she is recently retired. She holds additional certification in Basic Life Support, Cardiovascular Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. To stay up to date in her field she remains a professional member of the Texas Society for Respiratory Care.
Mary attributes her professional success to the nurses she has worked with. When not working she enjoys sewing and reading, and playing the piano.
A respiratory therapist is a specialized healthcare practitioner trained in pulmonary medicine in order to work therapeutically with people suffering from pulmonary disease. Respiratory therapists are specialists and educators in many areas including cardiology, pulmonology, and sleep therapy. Respiratory therapists are clinicians trained in advanced airway management; establishing and maintaining the airway during management of trauma, and intensive care. Respiratory therapists initiate and manage life support for people in intensive care units and emergency departments, stabilizing, treating and managing pre-hospital and hospital-to-hospital patient transport by air or ground ambulance.
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