Forrest General Hospital has recently been awarded Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program designed by American Association for Respiratory Care. Approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award. Hospitals that earn the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.
This designation is further testament to Forrest General’s commitment to show objective evidence of the quality care provided to communities in the hospital’s service area. “It is important that the residents of the19 counties that Forrest General serves have information from independent organizations that measure healthcare quality before they select a healthcare provider,” said Evan Dillard, President and CEO of Forrest General.
Respiratory therapists are specially-trained healthcare professionals who are essential members of life-saving response teams who handle medical emergencies. Therapists work under physicians’ orders to provide a wide range of services to people of all ages with lung disease and other lung related conditions, including inhaled medication treatments and airway and mechanical ventilation management. Steven Stogner, M.D., Hattiesburg Clinic pulmonologist and Medical Director of Forrest General’s Respiratory Department, commended the staff and physicians on achieving this recognition. “The commitment of our respiratory therapists and physicians to research-based practice and continuing education is what helps us to continue to meet the standards of excellence in respiratory care,” said Stogner.
A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the Association's website for consumers, www.yourlunghealth.org.