Patricia Jon Berkoski, RRT-NPS, Respiratory Therapist with St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center

Get to know Respiratory Therapist Patricia Jon Berkoski, who serves the population of New York.

Patricia completed her undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Cardio-Respiratory Sciences in 1988, giving her over three decades of experience in her field. Wanting to further her education she completed her Master of Science in Gerontology from the Long Island University in 1999. She holds additional certification in CPR, Advanced cardiac life support, Pediatric advanced life support, and Neonatal / Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist NBRC Certification.

To stay up to date in her field Patricia remains a professional member of the American Association for Respiratory Care, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, National Board for Respiratory Care, Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Scleroderma Foundation, and the Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation.She currently practices with the St Francis Hospital, The Heart Center where she holds an expertise in Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Adult, Neonatal, Pediatric, Critical Care, and Respiratory Care. She has been a recipient of the Ship’s Wheel Achievement Award in 1998, the Outstanding SUNY Respiratory Care Program Alumni Award from Stony Brook University in 2011, and the NYSAC & PR Certificate of Appreciation in 2014.

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.

Patricia attributes her professional success to her family, who motivated her to continue her education to ensure she could provide security and stability for them. In addition, she has always had a passion for providing respiratory care. When not working she enjoys yoga, dancing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, going on walks, attending and participating in community benefits, and spending time with her two grandchildren.

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