Barnesville Hospital 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% 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. The AARC is a membership organization representing more than 39,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services
To qualify for the recognition, Barnesville Hospital provided documentation showing it meets the following conditions
All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential
Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours
Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing
A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services
The AARC's QRCR 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 QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines, and should be commended for their commitment to quality care. A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the association's website for consumers, www.YourLungHealth.org
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 are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies.

PICTURE CAPTION
Sitting: Dinah Britton, RRT, RCP, Jeff Britton, BS, RRT, RCP, Natasha Christman, RRT, RCP. Standing: Mary Withrow, RRT, CPFT, RCP, Sally Fogle, RTA, RCP, JoEllen Rataiczak, CRTT, RCP, Becky Hickenbottom, RTA, RCP.