Published: 05/28/2013

Evangelical Community Hospital Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in National Program

Evangelical Community 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.
 
Evangelical now joins the ranks of about 700 or approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States that have been named a Quality Respiratory Care institution.
 
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.  Evangelical’s Respiratory Therapy Department has been awarded this honor every year since 2003.
 
Evangelical’s Respiratory Therapy program provides a full range of services to infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients on both inpatient and outpatient basis. The service is provided by registered respiratory therapists who are licensed by the state of Pennsylvania.
 
Respiratory therapists are specially trained healthcare 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 QRCR designation of Evangelical’s Respiratory Therapy Program shows the commitment the therapists and the Hospital as a whole devote to those who need help in keeping their hearts and lungs working at the best possible level,” said Susan Telmanik-Schwartz, Director of Respiratory Therapy. “At the heart of our program are positive outcomes for our patients. We achieve those by going beyond what is considered standard levels of care to the highest level of care in a location that is convenient to them.”
 
The AARC’s QRCR program grew out of growing concerns among healthcare leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients. Hospitals that meet the 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.
 
Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 130 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.