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The New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care (NJSRC) recently named Lori-Ann Ligon, Director of Respiratory Care at Palisades Medical Center, as its 2010 recipient of the Instrumentation Laboratory (IL) Achievement Award. This prestigious award recognizes NJSRC members who have contributed significantly both to the state society and the Respiratory Care profession.
Ligon received the award at the NJSRC’s Annual Shore Conference at the Trump Taj Majal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The IL Award recognizes NJSRC individuals who have contributed significantly to both the state society and the Respiratory Care profession. Specific areas of achievement include scholarship and/or academic contributions, research, leadership, voluntary grassroots effort in the community to partnerships involving the NJSRC and other groups and organizations. According to the NJSRC, Ligon exceeded all criteria for the award. Her nomination came from three different practitioners in the state, and they all cited her 30 years commitment to the profession and the promoting of lung health throughout New Jersey.
Ligon has been the co-chair for the New Jersey and New York Manager’s and Educators of Respiratory Care Conference for the last eight years. She has served as a clinical instructor for local community colleges and has mentored dozens of graduates as they begin their careers as Respiratory Care Practitioners. She has held a variety of positions within the state and was most recently elected to the state board as a Director at Large. Ligon has also volunteered countless hours of her time at health fairs across the state to promote tobacco free lifestyles and healthy lung programs. She also educates elementary school children on asthma awareness and the harmful effects of smoking on the lungs.
Ligon’s leadership has also helped Palisades Medical Center earn the American Association for Respiratory Care’s 2010 Quality Recognition. Only 700 out of the 5,000 hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award.
Ligon resides in Verona, NJ, with her husband Mark and her four children. She has been Director of Respiratory Care at Palisades Medical Center since May 2008. Before joining Palisades, Ligon was the Director of Cardiopulmonary and Neurodiagnostic Services at St.Mary’s Hospital in Passaic for 27 years.