Third Nationally Certified Asthma Educator Places Covenant In Elite Category

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Leigh Anne Calhoun, MSN, FNP-C, AE-C
Leigh Anne Calhoun, MSN, FNP-C, AE-C

Leigh Anne Calhoun, MSN, FNP-C, AE-C, and Deb Palmer, RN, AE-C, were recently named Asthma Educator Certified making Covenant Allergy & Asthma Care the only allergy and asthma practice in Chattanooga and north Georgia to have three staff members with this recognition. They completed the rigorous certification process and met all of the requirements of the National Asthma Educator Certification Board. They join Gwen Carlton, DNP, FNP, AE-C, who is also a national certified asthma educator.

“Covenant Allergy & Asthma Care continues to invest in our staff so that we can provide the very best care for our patients,” said Susan Raschal, DO, board-certified allergist at Covenant.

“The certification process to become a National Asthma Educator is extremely difficult. However, this, coupled with our allergy/asthma specific electronic health record software, will allow us to deliver national guideline-based care to our patients in a state-of-the-art, efficient manner.”

The mission of the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) is to promote optimal asthma management and quality of life among individuals with asthma, their families and communities, by advancing excellence in asthma education through the certified asthma educator process. The NAECB develops and implements qualifications/standards, as well as a certification examination for Asthma Educators on a national level. Outcome studies to evaluate the effectiveness of education by a Certified Asthma Educator will be performed to assess the benefit of this process and to help guide the re-certification process.

The NAECB process follows the successful models and standards of the Canadian Network for Asthma Care and its Certified Asthma Educator, the National Certification Board of
Diabetes Educators and its Certified Diabetes Educator; The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, standards for Certification Programs and the National Organization for Competence Assurance.

For more information about asthma and asthma care, contact Covenant Allergy & Asthma Care at 423.468.3267 or visit

Deb Palmer, RN, AE-C
Deb Palmer, RN, AE-C

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