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Woodland Park Care Center Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition
Date:4/18/2008

SALT LAKE CITY, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Avalon Health Care, Inc. today announced that the Woodland Park Care Center in Salt Lake City, Utah has become the first skilled nursing facility in the state of Utah to earn Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

"Earning the QRCR designation is typically achieved only by acute care hospitals. This achievement reflects Avalon's overall goal of providing a higher level of medical care within our skilled nursing facilities," explained Dr. David Dangerfield, CEO for Avalon Health Care, Inc.

"Avalon created the Meadows Advanced Care Unit within the Woodland Park Care Center for patients with complex medical and clinical needs. The 36-bed Medically Complex unit provides Intensive Skilled services to patients whose medical condition is too complex for traditional skilled nursing settings," stated Randeen Watson, Respiratory Therapist and head of the specialized unit.

"Meadows Advanced Care of Woodland Park is a positive placement choice for patients and families who are in need of advanced long-term sub-acute care for patients healing from a catastrophic or chronic illness," Dr. Dangerfield adds.

To qualify for QRCR status, a facility must meet a strict set of criteria governing respiratory care services. For example, respiratory therapists must be available in the facility 24 hours a day, every day. These therapists must be legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential. Also, a doctor of medicine or osteopathy must be designated as medical director of respiratory care services at the facility.

The QRCR program was launched by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities utilizing qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. The program grew out of concerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients.

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, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS, and other lung or lung-related conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies.

For more information contact Matthew Robinson, Administrator of Woodland Park, at 801-268-4766.

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