Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill 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. This marks the sixth straight year that Good Samaritan Health Center has earned this designation.
“We are thrilled to have once again earned this recognition,” said Robert Asinas, RRT, respiratory care coordinator at Good Samaritan Health Center. “This is the result of hard work by a staff of dedicated professionals who receive great support from our administration and medical staff who give us the resources we need to provide this high level of care.”
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.
To quality for the recognition, Good Samaritan 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 certified or registered 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.
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.
The AARC is a membership organization representing more than 46,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide.
A member of Ministry Health Care, Good Samaritan Health Center is sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. It is a primary care hospital providing inpatient care and surgery, outpatient surgery, oncology services, spiritual services, extended care, a full range of therapy, radiology and laboratory services as well as dialysis, emergency and walk-in clinic services. The mission of the organization is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor.