UMH Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in National Program

The Respiratory Therapy Program at University of Miami Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program identifying the top respiratory programs in the nation.

The QRCR program was established by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2003 to help patients identify facilities that use qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. The University of Miami Hospital team, led by Pilar Hombreiro, RRT-NPS, CPFT, RN, manager of the Pulmonary Medicine Department at UMH, met a series of criteria to become one of just 15 percent of U.S. hospitals to receive the award.

To qualify for the certificate, the respiratory team at UMH had to meet specific criteria, including a demonstration that each respiratory therapist providing bedside care holds a Certified Respiratory Therapist or Registered Respiratory Therapist credential, a medical doctor is director of the provided services, and periodic performance metrics are measured and compared with similar departments.

David Zambrana, Chief Operating Officer of UMH, congratulated the team for “its outstanding achievement.” Amid a morning gathering of hospital leadership, Zambrana said, “This recognition is another pillar that raises the level of care for UMH patients.”

Also on the Respiratory Therapy team are Stephanie Moss, Ph.D., Executive Director of Nursing; Francisco Pittevil, supervisor of the Pulmonary Medicine Department at UMH; Tanira Ferreira, M.D., assistant professor of medicine; and Carlos Aja, Executive Director of Operations.

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