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Walla Walla General Hospital Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in National Program


WALLA WALLA, Wash.--Walla Walla General Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program that helps patients and families make informed decisions about respiratory care services available in hospitals. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.

The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2003 to help patients identify facilities that use qualified respiratory therapists to provide excellent care. About 700 hospital--or approximately 15 percent--of hospitals in the United States have received this recognition.

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.