March 31st, 2006

Great River Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping the public make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory-care services available in hospitals. About 500 hospitals, or approximately 10 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.

To qualify for the recognition, Great River Medical Center demonstrated that it meets criteria regarding training, competency, availability and supervision of respiratory-care staff, and physician-level oversight of respiratory-care services.

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 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 39,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide.