Cookeville Regional Medical Center 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 approximately 15% of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award. This is the seventh consecutive year the Respiratory Care Department at Cookeville Regional has earned it. In the picture above, Colleen Schabacker, Director of Respiratory Care at Cookeville Regional, demonstrates the use of a ventilator on pigs’ lungs for high school students from Warren County as a part of a future health care professionals’ field trip. Officials say to qualify for the award, Cookeville Regional provided documentation showing it meets the following conditions:
· All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are all legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services and hold the CRT or RRT credential.
· Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day
· 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.
Officials say the 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. A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the association’s website for consumers, YourLungHealth.org.