Lexington Streamwood Named Quality Respiratory Care Provider

Posted: 02/18/2011

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Contact: Lyndsay Czwornog
Lexington Health Network/Royal Management Corporation
630.748.3559 office
630.748.3533 fax

Lexington Health Care Center of Streamwood Named Quality Respiratory Care Provider

Streamwood, IL, February 11, 2011 – Lexington Health Care Center of Streamwood has been named a quality respiratory care provider under a new program aimed at making sure residents in longterm care facilities have access to respiratory care services by qualified respiratory therapists.

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) started the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) Program in 2003 to help consumers make informed choices about their health care. The program initially enrolled hospitals that agreed to ensure patient safety by adhering to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. Home care organizations were added to the program a year later, and this year the Association is adding long-term care facilities, including skilled-nursing facilities, long-term acute care hospitals, and other long-term care facilities.

Recognized organizations are listed on the AARC’s consumer website, www.YourLungHealth.org.

To qualify for the recognition, Lexington Health Care Center of Streamwood met the following conditions:

  • All respiratory therapists who are employed or contracted by the long-term care facility 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 in nonlicensed states.
  • All respiratory therapy employees must have completed background checks.
  • For routine care and patient assessment, respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day.
  • Respiratory therapists provide patient assessments and make clinical recommendations regarding the service needs and plan of care for the respiratory-impaired residents to respective physicians.
  • A policy and procedure manual that is reviewed annually and addresses the provision of respiratory care and services is available at the facility.
  • A competency-based training program shall be in place for personnel administering respiratory related care.
  • A doctor of medicine (preferably a pulmonologist) or osteopathy is designated as a medical director or respiratory care services.
  • A preventative maintenance program must be in place for all RT equipment.
  • An established respiratory QA/PI program must be in place.
  • The medical director reviews plan of care at least weekly in facilities providing ventilator care and at least monthly in facilities providing only routine respiratory care.

The AARC’s QRCR Program grew out of growing concerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients. Organizations that meet QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines, and should be commended for their commitment to quality care.

Lexington Health Care Centers, a subsidiary of Lexington Health Network, have been a part of the Chicagoland area since 1983, managing more than 2,000 skilled nursing beds in 10 different longterm care buildings. Lexington Health Network offers a full continuum of care, from post-hospital rehabilitation, long-term care, independent and assisted living, home health care, hospice care and private care services. Together, Lexington Health Network employs more than 2,500 full and parttime employees who all work in unison to provide immeasurable value to the communities served. All of the facilities are located in the Chicagoland suburbs. For more information, visit www.lexingtonhealth.com.

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