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TMCNet:  Norman Specialty Hospital earns national recognition

[February 20, 2011]

Norman Specialty Hospital earns national recognition

NORMAN, Feb 20, 2011 (The Norman Transcript - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Norman Specialty Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.


About 700 hospitals or about 15 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 quality for the recognition, Norman Specialty Hospital 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 the CRT or RRT credential.

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.

Respiratory therapists Jo Ann Hobaugh, Josh Langworthy and Chad Wagner 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 46,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide.

To see more of The Norman Transcript or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.normantranscript.com/. Copyright (c) 2011, The Norman Transcript, Okla. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. For more information about the content services offered by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services (MCT), visit www.mctinfoservices.com.

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