Pictured in front row: Lead Therapist Vickie Glass RRT and Yvonne Garza RRT. Back row: Terry Lahr RRT, Coy Bryson CRT, Supervisor Jay Johnston RRT, Manager Mike Napper RRT, and Clarence Cook CRT.
For the third consecutive year, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. Only 15% of hospitals in the United States have received this award.
“We are blessed to be able to achieve this recognition again. Our great respiratory therapists and staff members are very caring hard workers,” said Florida Hospital Manager of Cardio Pulmonary Services Mike Napper.
The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.
Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under physician’s orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other services to people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS, and other lung or lung-related conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies
To qualify for the recognition, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center provided documentation showing it meets the following conditions:
- All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services and hold the CRT or RRT credential.
- Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours.
- A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
- Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers and metered dose inhalers to multiple patients simultaneously.
- Use a process that periodically compares performance of your respiratory department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.
The AARC’s QQRCR program grew out of growing concerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients.
Hospitals that meet the QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines, and should be commended for their commitment to quality care. For more information, visit www.FHHeartland.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fhheartland.