2021 Legacy Award Winner – Beth Urban

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The 2021 ISRC Legacy Award was presented to Beth Urban of Kaskaskia Community College at the ISRC General Assembly on April 28, 2021.  The Legacy Award is reserved for a therapist who has dedicated two decades or more to the development, improvement, and advancement of the practice of Respiratory Care in Illinois; and through his or her vision, vitality and diligence has significantly impacted the profession of Respiratory Care as it is practiced in Illinois today.


Beth has been in the Respiratory Care field for thirty-eight years and has been a RRT since 1985.  Beth and her husband, Michael Urban, also a Registered Respiratory Therapist, started the Respiratory Therapy Program at Kaskaskia College in 1991.  Beth is the Program Director and a Professor of the same program today.   Prior to teaching, Beth worked in the acute care setting for several years.  She received several nominations, which describe her career as nothing short of extraordinary.  Through her vision and enthusiasm for educating future healthcare professionals, Beth has directly and positively impacted a countless number of students in her twenty-nine years of teaching.  One of the nomination letters read, “each and every single day, Beth teaches kindness, compassion, commitment, and courage.” 


Beth has also helped push the Respiratory Therapy Profession forward in multiple ways.  After starting the KC Program as a Certificate Program, she later helped to transition it into an Associate’s Program in 2002.  She has also helped and facilitate several ISRC Chapter 4 Conferences in Southern Illinois.


Congratulations to Beth Urban, our 2021 ISRC Legacy Award.