NHRMC receives national recognition for respiratory care program

March 05, 2010
WILMINGTON – New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Cape Fear Hospital have once again earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) from the American Association for Respiratory Care. The national program is aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals. Only 15% of hospitals in the United States have received this award. 

This is the second year in a row that NHRMC has earned this recognition. 

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, 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. 

The QRCR was started in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services, including credentialing of all respiratory therapists by the state, availability of respiratory therapists 24 hours a day and more. Hospitals that meet the QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines. 

New Hanover Regional Medical Center employs about 90 respiratory therapists at its 17th Street and Cape Fear Hospital campuses. For more information on the services available at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, visit www.nhrmc.org.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 4,500 jobs directly and another 3,000 jobs indirectly. ###