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Maschino, Registered Respiratory Therapist
Phillip Maschino, RRT
My name is
Philip Maschino, and I am a Registered Respiratory
Therapist. Iíve been at Northeast Center for Special
Care since March of 1999. I work on the ventilator neighborhood.
I became full time here in June of 1999. I came to
work at Northeast Center because of the mission
and in working with
the rehabilitation of our Resident-Neighbors, which is far different from what I did
before when I worked in acute care hospital setting. I
worked at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, New York.
Before that I worked at St. Francis Hospital in
Poughkeepsie, New York. I think the most rewarding
aspects of working at Northeast Center for Special Care is the contact with
our Resident Neighbors Ė in contrast the hospitals seem to be losing site
of that with their own patients.
I started out as a medic in the air force. When I got out
I went to work at Benedictine Hospital as an ER tech.
There was an opening at Benedictine in the respiratory
department. I applied for that and they took me.
went on for my certification at Newbury Junior College in
Massachusetts. I got my Registry and Associates
California College. My proudest accomplishment was going
to school and getting my certification.
"I got to work with a
gentleman......to see him in his previous
condition and then watch him work hard and get well - that
was a wonderful site."
decided to become a respiratory therapist because of being
able to work with people who need pulmonary
rehabilitation. Iím able to work with them through a crisis and help them through after that not
only to help in their rehabilitation but help them to get back out
in the community and
do what they did before.
I got to work with one gentleman, who had Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD. He came in on a
ventilator. We were able to wean him off the
ventilator and he went home. I got a card from him
some time later and he is doing fine. It wasnít all us, he had a lot of determination as well.
He wanted to get better and he worked with us. To see him in his prior condition and then
watch him work hard and get well Ė that was a wonderful
want people to know about the Northeast Center for Special
Care is that we are active with our Resident-Neighbors"
I am married. My wife Gwen and I have been together for
many years. We have one daughter Justine. I am an Air
Force Vet, and a National Guard Vet Ė 436th MAC, USAF
Hospital in Dover, Delaware. I was also with the 105th
USAF clinic at Stewart AFB - a National Guard base in
Newburgh, New York. I am a Viet Nam era veteran.
Iím a member of the Tilson-Rosendale American Legion Post
#1219, the Viet Nam Veterans of America Chapter #60 in
Kingston, American Veterans Post #2946 in Walden, the Cold
War Veterans Association and the 105th Wing Alumni
I am also an elder in my church.
I like to collect political campaign buttons and
signatures. Iím an autograph hound. I have both
President Bushís signatures, President Carter, Al Gore,
Mario Cuomo, and Governor George Pataki.
What I would
like people to know about Northeast Center for Special
Care is that we are active with our
Resident-Neighbors. We try to help people regain
their self-esteem, to become active in life again and thatís
how we approach them. They come here and see a lot of us, we
try to help them with their help to get back in the
swing of life.
think the most rewarding aspects of working here is the
contact with our Resident-Neighbors."