Published on February 14, 2012
Baptist Collierville Earns Respiratory Care Recognition
MEMPHIS, Tenn.– Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville has been named a Quality Respiratory Care Institution under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals.
“This recognition signifies that our respiratory therapy staff provides the highest level of care, defined by our national professional organization,” said Don Morris, director of respiratory care at Baptist Collierville. “The professionalism of our staff, coordination with other hospital team members and the support of senior leadership make this level of patient care possible.”
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, AIDS, lung cancer 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 Quality Respiratory Care Recognition program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities who employ qualified respiratory therapists. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation help ensure quality patient care by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the association’s Web site for consumers, www.yourlunghealth.org.