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Business Notes (4/22/15)

April 22, 2015
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Regional Medical Center Earns recognition in National Program

Lehigh Regional Medical Center has again 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% of hospitals in the United States have received this award. This is the sixth year in a row that the Lehigh Regional Respiratory Care Department has achieved this recognition.

The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) 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.

To qualify for the recognition, Lehigh Regional Medical Center provided documentation showing it meets the following conditions:

- 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/day, 7 days/week.

- 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 or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.

- Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously. Circumstances under which this practice is permitted is defined by policy.

- Use a process that periodically compares performance of your respiratory department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.

Girl Scouts Recognize Volunteers in Lee County

Approaching National Volunteer Appreciation Week from April 12th to 18th and Girl Scout Leaders Day on April 22nd, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. wishes to sincerely appreciate the 2,000+ volunteers who support the 7,000+ Girl Scouts across the 10-county council! Girl Scout volunteers make an enormous impact on the girls they mentor, motivate, and inspire. They are the everyday heroes and guides who introduce girls to life-changing new experiences and help them discover their passions.

Each year we are proud to have an opportunity to formally recognize volunteers exhibiting exceptional leadership and involvement. Girl Scouts has an array of awards to recognize distinct volunteers who make a significant impact.

The Green Angel is a council award recognizing local distinct volunteers. 2014 award recipients of Lee County include: Janice Kovacs and Nicole Sheridan of Cape Coral, and Jennifer Young of Fort Myers.

Girl Scouts of USA recognize volunteers with national awards. The National Volunteer of Excellence 2014 award recipients of Lee County include Becky Alexander, Terri Bartley and Bernadette Rashford of Fort Myers, and Stephanie Goodwin of Lehigh Acres. The National Appreciation Pin 2014 award recipient is Michelle Lewis of Lehigh Acres and The National Thanks Badge 2014 award recipient is Amy Calcagino of Lehigh Acres.

Lee County annual report available

The Lee County 2013-14 Annual Report is now available on the county's homepage at by clicking on "Lee County Annual Report" under Featured Content. The report this year includes an overview of departmental highlights as well as information on the cost of county services.

In 2013-14, for example, Community Development expanded electronic services, Library Services opened the new Fort Myers Regional Library, Parks & Recreation opened the North Fort Myers Recreation Center, and Natural Resources completed two major beach nourishment projects.

Additionally, the report includes a message from County Manager Roger Desjarlais and a breakout of operating expenses. Strategic policy initiatives by the Lee County Board of Commissioners for the coming year also are included.

LRMC honors laboratory team during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19-25, 2015, Lehigh Regional Medical Center specially recognizes its laboratory professionals and celebrates their dedication as crucial members of the health care team, collaborating together to improve patient care and outcomes.

From small practices in rural towns to metropolitan hospitals, more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals deliver accurate test results every day and serve as part of the health care team to guide and assess patients' ongoing treatment and care.

During Lab Week 2015, Lehigh Regional Medical Center is celebrating laboratory professionals' contribution to patient care. Lab Week's theme, Laboratory Professionals Get Results, recognizes the proactive, collaborative role laboratory professionals play in advancing patient care.

Lehigh Regional Medical Center plans to have break time celebrations on all shifts, including team-building games and a potluck meal.



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