Utah Valley Specialty Hospital First in State to Earn National Accreditation

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Utah Valley Specialty Hospital is the first hospital in the state to earn The Joint Commission’s disease-specific certification in Respiratory Failure. The hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Respiratory Failure after a rigorous on-site review last month.

“This certification is significant,” says Ezra Segura, Chief Executive Officer of Utah Valley Specialty Hospital, “because it means that we’re providing the highest level of respiratory failure care available in the nation right here to patients in our own community. It reflects our commitment to providing safe and effective care to our patients.”

Respiratory failure occurs when there isn’t enough oxygen passing from the lungs into the body’s bloodstream.

Different types of diseases can cause respiratory failure, including 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.

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; and
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

In addition to The Joint Commission’s respiratory failure certification, Utah Valley Specialty 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. The designation is given to facilities that meet strict safety and quality standards related in providing respiratory care.

“Through our services, we want to provide hope and quality of life to our community members who are experiencing debilitating events,” Segura says. “These certifications provide us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for patients in our community.”

The hospital provides hundreds of patients throughout Utah every year with long-term acute and critical care services. These patients, who are recovering from serious illnesses or injuries, often need care for medically complex conditions such as trauma, infectious diseases, wound healing, cardiovascular disease, stroke, amputations, and respiratory failure.

The hospital, which is located at 306 River Bend Lane in Provo, features all private patient rooms, and an 8-bed high-observation critical care unit. All patient rooms include cardiac monitoring equipment and mechanical ventilators. The hospital also features a 6,000-square-foot therapy gym with private treatment rooms.