MHCC Student Receives Accolades at State Medical Conference

Posted: April 10, 2014

Leah Iwasa, respiratory care studentWith just eight weeks until graduation from Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), Leah Ellen Iwasa is already making a name for herself in the field of respiratory care.

The 24-year-old student created a visual presentation that informs and educates viewers about “non-invasive ventilation in pediatric patients.” Her project won accolades – and reimbursement for testing fees – at a meeting of the Oregon Society for Respiratory Care, an annual gathering of healthcare professionals.

“There are many problems associated with sleep disorders, including hyperactivity, depressive symptoms and poor school performance,” says Iwasa. Often, sleep disturbances are misdiagnosed as hyperactivity, when the use of CPAP (a medical device that aids breathing) would benefit the patient. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 2 –11 percent of children are thought to suffer from sleep-disordered breathing.

Leah Iwasa, respiratory care studentHas Her Sights Set on a Career in Caring
After graduating from MHCC this June, she plans to work at a Portland-area hospital while completing her bachelor’s degree in respiratory care.

For information about MHCC’s Respiratory Care program, please visit, or come to a free open house April 22, 3 – 4:30 p.m., and learn about a variety of healthcare careers.

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