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WWGH Received Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Award


Walla Walla General Hospital’s Respiratory Therapy Department has received the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) award from the American Association for Respiratory Care. This is a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services in hospitals.

About 700 hospitals, or approximately 15% of hospitals in the United States, have received this recognition. WWGH also received the award in 2012.

The QRCR program grew out of growing concerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients. Hospitals that meet the QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines, and are commended for their commitment to quality care.

Respiratory Care Practitioners 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, post op patients, 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.