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May 1, 2012

Lake Pointe Medical Center earns quality respiratory care recognition in national program

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

About 700 hospitals or approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award.

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.

“Respiratory Therapists (RTs) care for patients from all populations, newborn to geriatric,” explains Larry Beckham, BS, RRT-RCP, director of respiratory care services at LPMC.  “As an integral part of patient care, RTs consult with nurses, physicians and other members of the health care team to determine the best care for patients. Our commitment to research-based practice and continuing education helps us continue to meet standards of excellence that make LPMC a leader in respiratory care.”

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