Novant Health Kernersville 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. About 700, or approximately 15 percent, of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
The AARC started this quality program in 2003 to help identify 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.
“We’re honored to have earned this designation from the AARC,” said Adnan Javaid, MD, pulmonologist and medical director of ICU, Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center. “We want patients to know that our respiratory therapy team provides a level of care consistent with national standards and guidelines. This ensures patient safety and demonstrates our staff’s dedication to delivering the highest quality care to patients.”
To qualify for the recognition, Kernersville Medical Center met the following conditions:
• All respiratory therapists delivering 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.
• A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
• Uses a process that periodically compares performance of the respiratory department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying an achieving best practice.
Respiratory therapists are specially trained healthcare professionals who work under a 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.
About The American Association for Respiratory Care
The American Association for Respiratory Care, headquartered in Dallas, is a professional association of respiratory therapists that focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. The organization’s goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals as well as supporting respiratory health care providers. The association continues to advocate on behalf of pulmonary patients for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals. Further information about the AARC and how to become a respiratory therapist are available HERE
About Novant Health
Novant Health is a four-state integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to our communities. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,200 physicians and 26,000 employees who make healthcare remarkable at nearly 500 locations, including 15 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., Novant Health is committed to making healthcare remarkable for patients and communities, serving more than four million patients annually. In 2013, Novant Health provided more than $566 million in community benefit including charity care and services. Novant Health is one of the top 25 integrated health systems in the United States and was named a top 50 “Best Places for Diverse & Women Managers to Work” by Diversity MBA Magazine. For more information, visit HERE. You can also follow Novant on Twitter and Facebook.