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Respiratory Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Earns National Recognition
11/11/2011

PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has earned recognition from a leading national organization for quality respiratory care and patient safety.

Texas Health Plano received the Quality Respiratory Recognition award from the American Association for Respiratory Care. The program recognizes respiratory programs that meet the high standards set by the association for treating asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, and other lung conditions.

“This is a great honor for our staff, but it’s really about our patients and people in the local community,” said Pablo Bracho, M.P.A., RRT-NPS, CPFT, R.C.P., director of respiratory therapy and neurodiagnostics at Texas Health Plano. “This recognition lets patients know they can come here and receive quality care.”

The association’s quality recognition program was started in 2003 to help consumers identify hospitals that provide quality respiratory care. Hospitals earning the designation agree to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services, according to the association. About 15 percent of hospitals in the United States have received this award.

In addition to chronic lung conditions seen in adult patients, respiratory therapists also care for premature infants and are key members of rapid response teams that handle medical emergencies at the hospital.

“Respiratory care is an area that can touch any patient in the hospital and provides a valuable service to our community whether it’s helping young children with asthma or older adults with difficulty breathing,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, FACHE, president of Texas Health Plano. “Meeting these requirements shows a level of care consistent with national standards and guidelines and reflects a commitment to quality care.”

To qualify for the recognition, Texas Health Plano provided documentation showing:

  • All respiratory therapists at the hospital are certified by the state to provide respiratory care or are credentialed as certified respiratory technicians or registered respiratory technicians.
  • 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.
  • A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.

For more information on the hospital, visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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