October 29th, 2003

Great River Medical Center has been named a quality respiratory care provider by the American Association for Respiratory Care. The new Quality Respiratory Care Recognition award helps consumers make informed choices about their health care. Hospitals recognized under the program ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.

To qualify for the recognition, Great River Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Services Department met the following conditions:

• All respiratory therapists employed are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory-care services or hold the certified respiratory therapist or registered respiratory therapist credential.
• Respiratory therapists are available 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 designated in writing.
• A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical directory of respiratory care services. Mark Woodard, D.O., is medical directory of the hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Services Department.

Respiratory therapists are specially trained health-care professionals who work under physicians’ orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other services to people with lung and lung-related conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of the lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies. Great River Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Services Department has 14 registered respiratory therapists, six certified respiratory therapists and one registered ultrasound technologist who conducts echocardiograms. The hospital offers 30 pulmonary (lung) procedures and 12 cardiac tests.