New Island Hospital Earns National Recognition For Quality Respiratory Care
March 2, 2010
(Bethpage,N.Y.)-New Island Hospital (www.newislandhospital.org) is now among an elite group of just 15 percent of hospitals in the US earning Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
To qualify for this recognition, a hospital must adhere to a strict set of criteria governing its respiratory care services. New Island Hospital earned the QRCR designation after establishing that all of its respiratory therapists have been licensed by New York state and that these respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day. Oversight of the respiratory department, including a requirement that a doctor serve as the director, was another critical area in the review process.
A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the association’s Web site for consumers, YourLungHealth.org. Please note: The full 2010 list of QRCR hospitals will not be posted until April 15, 2010.
The AARC is a membership organization representing more than 46,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide.
About New Island Hospital New Island Hospital (www.newislandhospital.org), in Bethpage, New York, a member of Catholic Health Systems of Long Island, is a neighborhood hospital that plays a paramount role in its communities. The Emergency Department cares for over 37,000 patients a year. Other vital services include an Ambulatory Surgery Unit, The Center for Sleep Medicine, Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing, Balance Center, an Endoscopy Unit, a full scope of outpatient radiology services including new CT scanner, MRI, nuclear camera and a full, state-of-the-art PACS system, and of course, comprehensive inpatient medical, critical care and surgical services. New Island Hospital is a member of the Nassau/Suffolk Hospital Council and the Long Island Health Network, a network of 10 hospitals that work together to lower health care costs and maintain local access to quality care to the communities they serve. The hospital is fully accredited by JCAHO, the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and is a NYS Designated Stroke Center, and an accredited Sleep Center.