Hospitals garner quality care recognition

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For patients needing respiratory therapy, hospital safety and a happy hospital stay, Walla Walla appears to be the right town.

Both Walla Walla General Hospital and Providence St. Mary Medical Center have been recognized by agencies for their quality care.

For the second consecutive year, Walla Walla General’s respiratory therapy department has received the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Award from the American Association for Respiratory Care. The membership organization works to help patients and families make informed decisions about respiratory care services in hospitals.

About 700 hospitals across the country — or about 15 percent ­— have received this recognition, said Kristi Spurgeon Johnson, hospital spokeswoman.

Providence St. Mary Medical Center was recognized for patient safety for the second year in a row in April. The hospital was listed in the top 10 percent of safest hospitals in the nation by Healthgrades, an online resource to help consumers make informed decisions about health care.

In addition, St. Mary was named in the top 15 percent of the nation for creating a positive experience for its patients, noted Kathleen Obenland, director of public affairs, in a press release. “Providence St. Mary was the only hospital in Washington state to receive both national designations.”

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