2011-05-18 / Front Page

Miller Nursing Home Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

Miller Nursing Home has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informal decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in nursing homes.

Out of the 347 nursing homes licensed in Georgia, only two have applied for and received this award – Miller County is one of the two!

The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care ( AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respira- tory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals & Nursing Homes earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. Miller Nursing Home is recognized by the Association for superior provision of service to our residents receiving respiratory care services.

To qualify for the rec- ognition, Miller County Nursing Home provided documentation showing it met the AARC’s required criteria and the members of the Respiratory Care Team demonstrate competence in providing respiratory services, hold CRT or RRT credentials, are available 24 hours per day, and that a physician is designated as the medical director of the program. The facility is also required to have remote external alarms and emergency power source, and have a medical director that reviews plans of care regularly.

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, COPD, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer and other lung-related conditions.

“The caliber of our respiratory staff has provided Miller Nursing Home with the expertise to provide care for Tracheostomy patients beginning in 2009 and allowed us to further expand in 2010 and care for mechanical ventilator patients in both our nursing facility and hospital,” said Robin Rau, CEO. “Miller County Hospital was recognized with this distinction a few months ago, we are excited that our Nursing Home program has now received the same acknowledgement of the care we provide. These programs and our continued search for excellence are an integral part of our success,” said Rau.

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