2009-07-16 / Local & State

FCMC Respiratory Dept. Earns Recognition

Pictured, left: Jeff Burkey, Cindy Strelko, Judy Shafer and Deb Mellott pose with quality respiratory care recognition certificate.  Pictured, left: Jeff Burkey, Cindy Strelko, Judy Shafer and Deb Mellott pose with quality respiratory care recognition certificate. The FCMC Respiratory Therapy department 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.

About 700 hospitals, or approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States, have applied for and received this award.

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 and ventilator management.

To qualify for the recognition, Fulton County Medical Center Respiratory Therapy Department provided documentation showing it met all criteria.

The AARC's QRCR program grew out of growing concerns among healthcare leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of healthcare 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. The respiratory department also received Quality Respiratory Care Recognition for the long term care facility at FCMC.

For more information regarding FCMC respiratory services please visit the Web site at www.fcmcpa.org or call (717)485-6107 ext. 2.

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