Community Hospital’s Respiratory Therapy achieves quality recognition
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula 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 percent of hospitals nationwide, have received this award from the American Association for Respiratory Care. To qualify, Community Hospital met benchmarks including:
- All respiratory therapists hold certified respiratory therapist or registered respiratory therapist credentials or are legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care
- Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day
- Performance is regularly measured against other respiratory departments for efficiency and quality to achieve best practices
- A physician is designated to as medical director of respiratory care services
The quality recognition program was started in 2003 to recognize hospitals that provide a level of care consistent with national standards and guidelines.
Respiratory therapists are specially trained healthcare professionals who work under doctors’ orders to provide a range of breathing treatments and other services to people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, pneumonia and other lung or lung-related conditions. Respiratory therapists also provide live-saving care to victims of trauma or cardiopulmonary arrest. Community Hospital has 28 respiratory therapists on its staff.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers in Marina and Salinas, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula chomp.org