Respiratory Care Services

Respiratory Care Services at Maria Parham provides comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment for patients presenting with symptoms related to pulmonary disease, sleep disorders, and neurological disease. Our respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under physician’s orders. They provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other services to people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS, and other lung or lung-related conditions. The Maria Parham team also cares for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving responders charged with handling medical emergencies. Our Respiratory Care Services group employs leading edge technology for the diagnosis and treatment of disease within their scope of services

Additionally, Respiratory Care Services at Maria Parham conducts sleep studies, which look at whether or not patients have sleep apnea or other sleep-related disorders.

In 2009 , Maria Parham Health has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. Only about 700 or approximately 15 % of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award.

The QRCR program was begun 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.

To qualify for the recognition, Maria Parham had to meet the following conditions:

  • All respiratory therapists employed 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 required must be designated in writing.
  • A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.

Jonathan Clark, BS, RRT, Director of Respiratory Care Services comments on the achievement, “Our team takes pride in providing quality patient care, and receiving this award further validates our commitment to our patients and our commitment to our community.” Sherry Milligan, Associate Executive Director of the AARC, says in a letter to Clark, “You should be proud of this achievement. The citizens in your community are lucky to have a facility such as yours, in which they can be assured of receiving the highest standards of respiratory care.”