Overlake is one of only two acute care hospitals in the Puget Sound region to receive the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition for its comprehensive respiratory care program. The American Association of Respiratory Care gives this award to only 10 percent of hospitals in the U.S. Overlake's Respiratory Care Department has received this honor every year since 2003.
The award is given to those programs that meet strict safety and quality standards for respiratory care services. As an inpatient or outpatient at Overlake you can be reassured that you are receiving the best possible respiratory care available today.
Standards of care required for this recognition include:
- All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital are licensed by the state or hold the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
- Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours.
- Personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry our specific procedures must be designated in writing.
- A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
Learn more about Quality Respiratory Care Recognition.