Acuity Hospital of South Texas Joins Seven Other Acuity LTACHs in Earning Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

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Acuity Healthcare, LP Announces Acuity Hospital of South Texas Has Earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

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Being granted the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition means our respiratory care programs meet and maintain the highest standards.

Mark Stepanik, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Acuity Healthcare, LP, and Laurie Lewis, Vice President and Corporate Chief Clinical Officer of Acuity Healthcare, LP announced that Acuity Hospital of South Texas has joined seven other Acuity owned and/or managed Long Term Acute Care Hospitals in their achievement of earning the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR).

"What impresses me most is that our respiratory therapists elected to go through this rigorous process voluntarily because of the high standards they have set for themselves, their obligation to provide excellent care to their patients, and their uncompromising support for our organization," stated Mr. Stepanik.

Ms. Lewis agrees. "I am so incredibly proud of our hospitals that have achieved the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition!” exclaimed Ms. Lewis. “This is another testament to Acuity's dedication to promoting patient safety and continual quality improvement."

The QRCR is a national program organized by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). The mission of the program is to help consumers make choices about their health care by recognizing both short and long term acute care hospitals that promote patient safety by providing access to respiratory therapists to deliver their care.

“To receive this designation, a facility has to have highly skilled respiratory therapists available 24 hours a day under the supervision of a physician medical director,” explained Dr. Ed Hamaty, Chief Medical Officer at Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey. “They must submit to an arduous 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. To simplify – being granted the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition means our respiratory care programs meet and maintain the highest standards and voluntarily submit to independent evaluation to ensure our practice is of the highest caliber.”

The additional seven Acuity LTACHs to be awarded this recognition along with Acuity Hospital of South Texas are: Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio (both Steubenville and Belmont,) Crawley Memorial Hospital, Carolinas Specialty Hospital, ICON Hospital, Lourdes Specialty Hospital, and Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey.

Acuity Healthcare is a privately-owned Long Term Acute Care hospital company founded in 2001, with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity currently owns and manages twelve LTACHs in New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Texas and Arizona. To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit: http://www.acuityhealthcare.net.

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