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South Shore Hospital News
Respiratory Care Earns National Recognition for Fifth Consecutive Year

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
April 28, 2010
(781) 624-8970

South Weymouth, Mass., April 28, 2010 -- South Shore Hospital’s respiratory care department has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for the fifth consecutive year. Only 15 percent of hospitals in the United States have been named a Quality Respiratory Care institution by the AARC.

Achieving QRCR recognition means that South Shore Hospital meets strict safety and quality standards related to the provision of respiratory care services by qualified respiratory therapists. A hospital must meet the following criteria: 

  • 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.
  • A doctor of medicine is designated as medical director of respiratory care services. QRCR is awarded as part of a national AARC program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals.

South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 600 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. Please call (781) 624-MORE (6673) or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

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