2011-04-27 / Local News

UCMC recognized for quality respiratory care

Third year in a row

Upstate Carolina Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

Approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award. This will be the third year in a row Upstate Carolina Medical Center has received this recognition.

“It is an honor to provide respiratory services to Gaffney and the Cherokee County community,“ said Shannon Wylie, director of cardiopulmonary at Upstate Carolina Medical Center. “We strive to provide excellent, quality care to our patients, and this recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to continually improving the standard of care we provide them.”

The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.

The association’s QRCR program grew out of mounting concerns among healthcare leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of healthcare services provided to patients. Hospitals that meet the QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines.

Respiratory therapists at Upstate Carolina Medical Center are specially trained healthcare 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 or emphysema, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, and other lung or lungrelated conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies.

For more information, visit www.upstatecarolina.net on the Internet or call call 864- 487-4271.

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