SALT LAKE CITY, April 18 Avalon Health Care, Inc. todayannounced that the Woodland Park Care Center in Salt Lake City, Utah hasbecome the first skilled nursing facility in the state of Utah to earn QualityRespiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) from the American Association forRespiratory Care (AARC).
"Earning the QRCR designation is typically achieved only by acute carehospitals. This achievement reflects Avalon's overall goal of providing ahigher level of medical care within our skilled nursing facilities," explainedDr. David Dangerfield, CEO for Avalon Health Care, Inc.
"Avalon created the Meadows Advanced Care Unit within the Woodland ParkCare Center for patients with complex medical and clinical needs. The 36-bedMedically Complex unit provides Intensive Skilled services to patients whosemedical condition is too complex for traditional skilled nursing settings,"stated Randeen Watson, Respiratory Therapist and head of the specialized unit.
"Meadows Advanced Care of Woodland Park is a positive placement choice forpatients and families who are in need of advanced long-term sub-acute care forpatients healing from a catastrophic or chronic illness," Dr. Dangerfieldadds.
To qualify for QRCR status, a facility must meet a strict set of criteriagoverning respiratory care services. For example, respiratory therapists mustbe available in the facility 24 hours a day, every day. These therapists mustbe legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory careservices or hold the CRT or RRT credential. Also, a doctor of medicine orosteopathy must be designated as medical director of respiratory care servicesat the facility.
The QRCR program was launched by the American Association for RespiratoryCare in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities utilizing qualifiedrespiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. The program grew out ofconcerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safetyand quality of health care services provided to patients.
Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals whowork under physician's orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatmentsand other services to people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonarydisease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS, and other lung or lung-relatedconditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members oflifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies.
For more information contact Matthew Robinson, Administrator of WoodlandPark, at 801-268-4766.
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SOURCE Avalon Health Care, Inc.