April 30, 2014
About 700 hospitals or approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award, which recognizes hospitals for helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available.
"This award reflects the highest levels of care consistent with national standards and guidelines," said Suzanne Jackson, CEO of John Randolph Medical Center. "I am proud of our team for striving to maintain our position as a trusted resource in the community and for providing our patients with the tools necessary to take charge of their health."
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 award, John Randolph Medical Center 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 credentials for certified respiratory therapist or registered respiratory therapist.
- 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.
- Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously. Circumstances under which this practice is permitted is defined by policy.
- Use a process that periodically compares performance of the respiratory department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.
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 50,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide. For a complete list of QRCR hospitals, visit www.YourLungHealth.org.
About HCA Virginia…As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 13 hospitals and 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $365 million in uncompensated care and pays $72 million in state and local taxes each year. HCA Virginia includes 4 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, one freestanding emergency room, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’ and Spotsylvania Regional.