November 28, 2017
Valley One of Five Hospitals in the Nation and the Only Hospital in the State of New Jersey to Receive Recognition from the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2017.
The Valley Hospital has been recognized with the 2017 American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Apex Recognition Award for their continued best practices in respiratory care. Valley is one of only five respiratory care departments from across the U.S. and the only one from New Jersey to have received this award in its inaugural year.
“Valley is proud to be among a small, elite group of hospitals that have been recognized with the Apex Recognition Award,” said Audrey Meyers, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System. “The Apex Recognition Award reflects the high-quality care our respiratory therapists and team members provide.”
The AARC Apex Recognition Award was developed in 2017 as a way for the AARC Board to recognize respiratory care departments that demonstrate high-quality care. The award program distinguishes facilities for their commitment to excellence in professional development, evidence-based care, patient safety, patient satisfaction and quality improvement. The Apex Recognition Award includes three categories for recognition: acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities and home medical equipment (HME) companies.
“Respiratory therapists are a vital component of a well-rounded healthcare team,” said Thomas Kallstrom, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, AARC. “The specialized services and skills respiratory therapists perform each day provide the necessary foundation for the total patient experience. They work hard to deliver outstanding care and comfort to their patients, and we are thrilled to honor them through the Apex Recognition Award.”
Valley has also earned the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition from the American Association of Respiratory Care for fourteen consecutive years.
Photo caption: The Valley Hospital has been recognized with the 2017 American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Apex Recognition Award for their continued best practices in respiratory care. Valley is one of only five respiratory care departments from across the U.S. and the only one from New Jersey to have received this award in its inaugural year. Pictured here are staff from Valley’s Respiratory Care department. Shown holding the certificate (from left to right) are Jean-Herve Mondestin, Director, Respiratory Care Services; Ann Marie Leichman, R.N., Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Patient Care Services; and Bettyann Kempin, R.N., Assistant Vice President, Medical/Surgical Services, and the Center for Sleep Medicine.
About the AARC
Founded in 1947, the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) is the leading national and international professional association for respiratory care. We encourage and promote professional excellence, advance the science and practice of respiratory care, and advocate for patients, their families, the public, the profession, and the respiratory therapist. Supporting more than 47,000 members worldwide, the AARC is a not-for-profit professional association headquartered in Irving, TX. Learn more about us at www.aarc.org.