The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has named Crouse Hospital’s Respiratory Care Department a “High Performance Team” for its innovative Lung Partners™ program, which puts the care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the hands of a multidisciplinary respiratory care team to provide more efficient, personalized care while increasing compliance with post-discharge care.
The AARC has been working with the Hospital Care Collaborative (HCC), a national organization representing the major medical societies of respiratory therapy, nursing, pharmacy, case management, social work and hospital medicine. The HCC is focused on improving clinical outcomes through teamwork, accountability in the nation’s hospitals and identifying best-practice, high-performance teams.
“Innovative healthcare providers across the country are driving quality improvement programs that are improving patient care,” says Russ Acevedo, MD, medical director of Critical Care Services at Crouse Hospital. “This collaborative is looking at best-practice approaches – like Lung Partners – and will develop a process to share the most effective programs with other hospitals.”
“High Performance Teams like Crouse are having a positive impact on healthcare outcomes,” says Bill Dubbs, AARC director of management and education services, who adds that the HCC’s definition of a High Performing Team is an interdisciplinary group of individuals who work interdependently within a larger organization, have complementary skills, have a common purpose or goal and share accountability of outcomes.
The AARC selected Crouse’s Lung Partners program as among the best of the 25 high-performance team submissions it received earlier this year and will feature it in the January issue of AARC Times, its professional journal.