Fauquier Hospital’s Respiratory Department has – for the second year in a row – been awarded Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR). It’s quite an honor, since only 15 percent of the country’s 5,000 hospitals earn the designation for their cardiac services.
Linda Sharkey, vice president of Patient Care Services, congratulated the respiratory therapy staff. “You deliver high patient care. The whole senior management team and I want to thank you for all your hard work.” Sharkey presented to the department the plaque that proclaims the award and thanked each of the 23 respiratory therapists with a special pin recognizing the honor.
The QRCR award first became available in 2003 through the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). To qualify for the recognition, Fauquier Hospital provided documentation showing it meets the following conditions:
Angie Tolley, supervisor in the Cardiopulmonary and Vascular Services Department, said, “I feel like it is a great honor, and I feel that it is very much deserved. I do feel that the department has worked hard to achieve and deliver quality care. We make sure the staff meets the demands and exceeds the current trends. We offer up-to-date education.”
Respiratory therapists require the same amount of training as a nurse, and additional education puts a focus on the heart and lungs. While working under physician’s orders, a respiratory therapist provides care for patients at every age, from premature infants to geriatric patients.
Carla Adams, senior director of Inpatient Services, said, “Respiratory therapists are key players in patient care.”
Learn more about our Respiratory Department by visiting out Cardiopulmonary and Vascular Services page.