Local hospital 5th in nation to receive Joint Commission Certification; Gold Seal of Approval

Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital located in Post Falls Idaho is the 5th hospital in the nation to earn The Joint Commission’s disease-specific certification for Respiratory Failure. The hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Respiratory Failure after a rigorous on-site review earlier this month, this reflects the hospital’s commitment to providing safe and effective care to these patients.

“Respiratory failure occurs when there isn’t enough oxygen passing from the lungs into the body’s bloodstream,” explains Dr. Dr. Kevin Strait, Medical Director of Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. “Oxygen-rich blood is needed to help the body’s organs – such as the heart and brain – function properly. Respiratory failure also can occur if a patient’s lungs can’t remove carbon dioxide from the blood. Carbon dioxide is a waste gas that also can harm a body’s organs.”

Strait says different types of diseases can cause respiratory failure. Included among these are lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, or cystic fibrosis. Respiratory failure also can be caused by conditions that affect the nerves and muscles that control breathing such as stroke, spinal cord injuries and muscular dystrophy.

“Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with respiratory failure,” says Wendi Roberts, Executive Director of Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital for becoming a leader in respiratory failure care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for respiratory failure patients in its community.”

Certification through The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Program is voluntary and addresses three main areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities

“Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital is pleased to receive this certification from The Joint Commission,” says Sandra Yule, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. “This award recognized how dedicated we are and how well we provide treatment to patients with respiratory failure. Through our services, we want to provide hope and quality of life to our community members who are experiencing this debilitating event. This certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those patients in our community.”

In addition to The Joint Commission’s respiratory failure certification, Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital also is one of 700 nationwide – or 15 percent – that has earned the National Quality Respiratory Care Recognition from the American Association for Respiratory Care. This designation is given to facilities that meet strict safety and quality standards related to providing respiratory care.