Photo: Mary Fruzia (center) received an award and a cash award as Memorial Hermann
Respiratory Therapist of the Year from Robert Menchaca of Memorial Hermann Southwest
Hospital and organizer of the award, and Suzanne Croft, director of Cardiopulmonary Services
at Memorial Hermann Northeast.
Mary Fruzia, a respiratory therapist at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, has been named Memorial Hermann Healthcare System’s Respiratory Therapist of the year.
This is the first year for the award, established and organized by Robert Menchca, respiratory
manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, to
recognize and celebrate National Respiratory Care Week.
Respiratory therapists were nominated from each Memorial Hermann campus. Fruzia, a 17-year
employee at Memorial Hermann Northeast, was selected for her excellent clinical skills, great
bedside manner, collaboration abilities and passion for her patients.
The Memorial Hermann recognition included an award and a cash prize.
Respiratory therapists treat patients with disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system such as
asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, cardiovascular disorders, and trauma. As well, they provide
care and life support to patients in the emergency room, intensive care units, general hospital
areas, pulmonary diagnostics laboratory and other specialty areas such as rehabilitation. They
also diagnose lung and breathing disorders and recommend treatment methods.
After graduating from an accredited program, respiratory therapists must pass a certification
exam to be a Certified Respiratory Therapist. They can also pass an exam that earns them the
credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist.