Good Samaritan 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
About 700 hospitals, or approximately 15% of hospitals in the United States,
have applied for and received this award. Good Samaritan has received
this recognition multiple times over the years.
According to Janet Sievers, Director of Respiratory Care, Good Samaritan
has received the award annually and consecutively since 2009, receiving
recognition every time an application was submitted.
“Receipt of this recognition assures the community that when they
choose to receive their services here at Good Samaritan, those services
will be provided by a team of compassionate Respiratory Care professionals
that are licensed and credentialed, and are highly skilled and highly
The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory
Care (AARC) 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.
To qualify for the recognition, Good Samaritan provided documentation showing
it meets the following conditions:
- All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside
respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as
competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT
- Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours.
- Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and
the amount of supervision require 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.
- Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments
utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent
positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously. Circumstances
under which this practice is permitted is defined by policy.
- Use a process that periodically compares performance of your respiratory
department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments
for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.
“The Respiratory Therapists at Good Samaritan work under medical
direction and utilize policies, protocols and guidelines that adhere to
national evidence based standards. Our staff is focused and dedicated
in the provision of care that is safe, effective and of high quality,”
The AARC’s 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 should be commended for their commitment
to quality care. A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the association’s
website for consumers,
Respiratory therapists 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 and are
key members of lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical
The AARC is a membership organization representing more than 50,000 health
professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide.