Title: Respiratory Therapist
Company: All County Health Care Incorporated
Location: Coral Springs, Florida, United States
Ed Salazar, Respiratory Therapist at All County Health Care, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pulmonary health care.
In preparation for his career, Mr. Salazar earned an Associate of Science in respiratory therapy technology from Broward College in 1974. He is a registered respiratory therapist, certified pulmonary function technologist and registered poly-stenography technologist. In 2002, he started as the president of EJ Salazar & Associates, a post he currently holds. Since 2011, Mr. Salazar has held the position of the president of Advanced Diagnostic Sleep Center CDE Incorporated, and since 2012, he has excelled as a respiratory therapy consultant at All County Health Care Incorporated. He maintains affiliations with numerous hospitals, including the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Blake Medical Center, among others.
In 2017, Mr. Salazar began contributing to Nova Southern University as an advisory board member, and he has additionally applied his expertise as a technical consultant to LiveCare USE since 2019. Throughout his career, he credits his late wife Carol as his primary inspiration and mentor. She was an outstanding nurse, youth minister and compassionate person, and her church, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Coral Springs, Florida, has named the Carol Salazar Foundation in her honor. Mr. Salazar advises aspiring professionals in the pulmonary health care field to do more than what is expected of them, continue their education, and always remember that their patients are more than simply patients—they are someone else’s family.
Mr. Salazar credits his parents for instilling in him a strong work ethic. Growing up, he planned to become a physical therapist, but while working at a local hospital in his home state of Michigan he was introduced to respiratory therapy and found the profession very appealing. Most appealing to Mr. Salazar was the variety of areas the specialty would enable him to work in—normally, health care professionals were restricted to specific departments, but respiratory therapists worked in many areas, including pediatrics, patient transport and even education. He is a member of the Florida Society for Respiratory Care and the American Association of Respiratory Care. Mr. Salazar is also the author of a non-fiction book “A Free Kill,” which voices his frustrations over the tragic loss of his youngest son, Christopher, at the hands of medical malpractice. He has devoted himself to making a difference in this issue, serving as a patient advocate for The Patient Safety Movement since 2014.
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