COPD insider contributor
Jennifer Anderson


Administrative Director of Respiratory Care Services and Pulmonary Function Laboratories, AU Medical Center


With more than 43 years as a Respiratory Therapist, Ms. Anderson is currently the Administrative Director of Respiratory Care Services and the Pulmonary Function Laboratories at AU Medical Center. She has held this title for the last 15 years.

She currently serves on the Board of Healthy Augusta and is a member of their Steering Committee. Ms. Anderson is a founding member of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Asthma Awareness Coalition and has brought to life, through grant support, over 33 local events to improve asthma awareness and education. She is also the Chair of BreathEasy Augusta, with a main focus on clear air in the work place.   

Ms. Anderson recently completed a 12-month coaching course. It was funded through a Robert Wood Johnson scholarship for 5 community leaders to improve health outcomes through coalition building for Augusta Richmond County. She has been an active community supporter of the American Lung Association for over 3 decades and, in the past 7 years, has assisted in providing Asthma 101 training to over 250 elementary school educators in Richmond County.

Ms. Anderson is adjunct faculty for the Respiratory Therapy Program at Augusta University and has held that position since 1985. She received the Kathy Miner Health Education and Promotion Award from the Georgia Public Health Association in April 2012.

Jennifer Anderson articles on COPD insider:

  • RT in the ED

    RT in the ED

    See how one insider saved $700,000 in a single year by staffing an RT in her emergency department.

  • Common ground with your care team

    Common ground with your care team

    Use these smart tips to gain alignment across your care team, to set up your patients and organization for sustainable success.

  • RT anatomy: 5 skills to maximize COPD outcomes

    RT anatomy: 5 skills to maximize COPD outcomes

    RT's provide exceptional value in care to patients with COPD, but what do successful RTs have in common? 5 skills to maximize COPD outcomes in any care setting.

  • Health Buddies

    Health Buddies

    You do your best to speak clearly, be specific, and give your patients the time they need. But are they really hearing you? A health buddy may be just what the doctor ordered. Discover how a health buddy can help ensure your great efforts turn into great outcomes.

  • Insider solutions

    Insider solutions

    As we learn more and more about COPD, many questions remain. Discover what our panel of insiders had to say about some of your most pressing questions.

  • How to raise quality while lowering costs

    How to raise quality while lowering costs

    Are you focusing on quality or cost? Don’t choose one—optimize both with these three insider tips.

  • Home Care with the right Device

    Home Care with the right Device

    Discover how choosing the right home care device can make the difference for patients once they leave the hospital. Read more on 4 easy steps for making the right choice to set patients up for sustainable success.

  • “Meds-to-beds” pilot

    “Meds-to-beds” pilot

    Get a look at a new COPD “meds-to-beds” program, initiated in partnership with the hospital pharmacy.

  • Identifying COPD patients

    Identifying COPD patients

    Learn how to identify patients with COPD sooner by proactively focusing on additional risk factors, special populations, and more.

  • COPD Proactive Planning

    COPD Proactive Planning

    It takes more than just a good treatment plan and a prescription to keep your patients healthy at home. Follow one patient’s journey from discharge to readmission and learn how taking a proactive approach to care can safeguard against this from happening again.

  • Mental Health Focus

    Mental Health Focus

    When you overlook the mental health component of COPD care, you may only be addressing surface issues. Keep patients living healthy at home by putting mental health services at the core of your care.

  • Building your COPD executive care team

    Building your COPD executive care team

    Details how to build your multidisciplinary executive care team and what contribution you can expect from each team member.

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