Flaget Memorial Hospital Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition From National Program
Flaget Memorial Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recoginition (QRCR) for the second straight year as part of a national program aimed at helping patients and families choose the best quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals.
About 700 hospitals, or approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the U.S., have received this award from the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC).
“As a respiratory patient, you want the very best in respiratory care services,” said Flaget Chief Operating Officer Sue Downs, R.N., M.S.N. “The hospitals that receive the association’s QRCR designation meet strict safety and quality standards. This award is another example of our hospital’s commitment to providing quality care. We are very proud that our Respiratory Department met the criteria set forth by the AARC. The individualized care we provide each patient reflects our commitment to safe, effective treatment of respiratory conditions.”
Respiratory care is for patients who may have lung problems such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis or lung cancer. This care can also be lifesaving for people who have had heart attacks, or who have been in accidents.
To qualify for the recognition, Flaget Memorial Hospital provided documentation showing it met the following conditions:
• All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital who deliver bedside respiratory care services are state-licensed in respiratory care.
• Respiratory therapists are available to patients in the hospital 24 hours a day.
• Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be documented.
• A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
• The facility uses a process that periodically compares performance of the Respiratory Department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments, for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practices.
“The QRCR program grew out of growing concerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care servides provided to patients,” according to Flaget Cardiopulmonary Manager Heather Mattingly, CRT (certified respiratory therapist). “Not all hospitals can meet these requirements. In addition, we are one of the few hospitals that have implemented bedside medication verification. We are going above and beyond to deliver quality care and ensure our patients’ safety, and the AARC has recognized us for our efforts.”
Flaget Memorial Hospital is a member of Saint Joseph Health System, a 1,012-bed, eight-facility health care system that spans central and eastern Kentucky. Saint Joseph Health System is a member of Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation’s second-largest Catholic health care system. Visit www.SaintJosephHealthSystem.org for further information.