Nationally Recognized Excellence

Kindred Hospital Santa Ana was recognized by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) with the Association’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) in 2016.

Hospitals receiving the designation must meet strict safety and quality standards related to the provision of respiratory care services by qualified respiratory therapists.

Requirements include:

  • All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital 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.
  • Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day
  • Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing.
  • Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously. Circumstances under which this practice is permitted are defined by policy.
  • A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
  • Use a process that periodically compares performance of the respiratory therapy department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.