2008-04-18 / Community

PHC Receives Respiratory Care Award

Pictured, left to right Daniel McDevitt, RT, Assistant Director, Respiratory Therapy, Sin Ying Ying, RT, Luciana Caputo, RT, Veronica Isakov, RT and Edward Ozechowski, RT, Director, Respiratory Therapy. Pictured, left to right Daniel McDevitt, RT, Assistant Director, Respiratory Therapy, Sin Ying Ying, RT, Luciana Caputo, RT, Veronica Isakov, RT and Edward Ozechowski, RT, Director, Respiratory Therapy. Peninsula Hospital Center, an affiliate of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, recently received its annual renewal as a national Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) hospital for 2008. This national certification program is aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in the hospitals in their communities.

To qualify for the QCRC recognition award, Peninsula Hospital Center provided documentation showing that it met 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 credential; Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours; other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision must be designated in writing; a doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.

Only 700, out of the 5,000 hospitals in the United Sates have been named a Quality Respirator Care institution and received this prestigious award. Ed Ozechowsky, Director of Cardio- Pulmonary Services, oversees the respiratory therapy department of the hospital center was very pleased when he recently announced that Peninsula Hospital Center holds the distinction of receiving this award for the past six consecutive years.

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