Keith Llewellyn, R.R.T., Director of Respiratory Care Services at Blythedale since 2018, answered a few questions about being an integral part of the “Blythedale Difference” and what Black History Month means to him.

Tell us about what you do in a typical day at Blythedale.

A typical day for me begins early in the morning, around 6:30 a.m., when I start shift report, staffing assignments and planning for the day.  Then, it’s rounds on the floor, Hospital huddle, answering emails and other communications, managing staffing and remote meetings for the remainder of the day. 

What is your favorite thing about working at the Hospital?

The people and the patients we work with daily. The staff is great and they care for the children they serve. The staff are some of the biggest advocates for the patients.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

It comes with mixed feelings. I know it’s celebrated to highlight the history and contributions of African Americans, but I believe we are one country and our history is U.S. history. So, I’m happy there is a month, but it’s mixed feelings that there needs to be a month to serve as a reminder of the contribution.

Name a Black American you admire or think people should learn more about.

Our 44th President Barack Obama. I admire him for the enormous contribution/impact he made to our country and the affect he has had on the African American identity.
I also suggest people listen to the words in the music of Bob Marley; his message is in his music.