Akron Children’s recognized for quality respiratory care


Akron Children’s Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

About 700 hospitals or approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award.

The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.

The program grew out of a growing concern among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients. Hospitals that meet the QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines.

“This award recognizes the excellent work of Terry Volsko, director of Transport and Respiratory Care, and her team in the providing respiratory care services at both our Akron and Mahoning Valley campuses,” said Lisa Aurilio, vice president for patient services and chief nursing officer. “Patient safety is our highest priority and QRCR places Akron Children’s Hospital in the same company as other hospitals recognized for the highest level of care.”

Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under physician 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 care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving teams charged with handling medical emergencies.

Reliable consumer information about lung-related diseases, tips for healthy living and finding care providers can be found at

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