HHH cited for excellence in respiratory care 

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – August 5, 2010

Hilton
Head Hospital recently received national recognition from the American Association of Respiratory Care for providing first rate respiratory care. The Association’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) recognizes hospitals who meet strict safety and quality standards relating to the provision of respiratory care services by qualified respiratory therapists.

“We are very pleased for the Association’s recognition of our respiratory care team,” said Thomas Neal, Director of Cardiovascular, Cardiopulmonary and Imaging Services at Hilton Head Hospital. “We have worked very hard to provide our patients with a high level of care and this award is a reflection of our commitment to excellence.”

According to Neal all respiratory therapists delivering bedside services at Hilton Head Hospital are legally recognized by the state as fully qualified to provide respiratory care services or hold the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. “Our highly trained professionals are available around the clock and adhere to specific procedures under the supervision of Dr. Robert Burnaugh, a critical care and pulmonary specialist who serves as the medical director of the program,” said Neal.

By having appropriately trained and certified staff, together with a Pulmonary Function Laboratory and dosimeter, Hilton Head Hospital is able to offer extremely precise tests for breathing problems such as adult onset asthma.

“Having this capability is making a big difference in the quality of care we can provide,” asserts Dr. Burnaugh. “Evaluation using a methacholine test, for example, allows us to affirmatively diagnose asthma and fine tune our treatment accordingly. It is a huge improvement over earlier trial and error methods of diagnosis and is saving our patients a tremendous amount of time and money.”

To learn more about the Hospital’s respiratory care services, including their well regarded Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program for patients with extreme Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease (COPD), contact Tom Neal at 843-689-8359.