RMC Partners with Area Schools and OCtech to Host Camp for Students with Asthma


As a reward for completing the Open Airways for Schools program, area students with asthma participated in Camp Catch-A-Breath on May 25 at The Orangeburg County YMCA. The program is presented through the collaboration of the Regional Medical Center, the RMC Foundation, the Orangeburg Consolidated School Districts and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.  
More than 80 students from Orangeburg County School Districts recently participated in Camp Catch-A-Breath, a free camp for children with asthma who have completed the Open Airways for Schools program.

Designed for school-age children in third, fourth and fifth grades, Open Airways for Schools is a free, asthma education program taught in Orangeburg and Calhoun county schools by respiratory therapists of the Regional Medical Center and respiratory therapy students of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.

Camp Catch-A-Breath has been held in various forms for more than 30 years. This year’s camp was held on May 25 at the Orangeburg County YMCA and hosted a record number of students. During the camp, the students swam, did Zumba and played games. They also received education on asthma, healthy living, nutrition and exercise.

Students from Whittaker Elementary School, Holly Hill Elementary School, Bethune-Bowman Elementary School and Vance Providence Elementary School participated in the camp.

“Asthma is the most common long-term disease in children. In a classroom of 30 students, three are likely to have asthma,” said RMC Director of Respiratory Care, EEG, and Sleep Lab Melody Vaughn, BS, RRT. “Open Airways and Camp Catch-A-Breath provide vital health education to local children who need it. We hope to continue to grow and expand our outreach to give children living with asthma in our community the tools they need to manage their symptoms while living a normal, active life,” said Vaughn.

Camp Catch-A-Breath was made possible through the collaboration of Orangeburg Consolidated School Districts 3, 4 and 5, RMC’s Respiratory Care department, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College respiratory care students, the RMC Foundation, RMC Food & Nutrition and RMC Community Outreach departments.

The Open Airways for Schools program was founded by RMC Pediatric Hospitalist Charles Kilgore, MD to help children with asthma learn to manage their symptoms at an early age.

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