Photo provided by Delores Sutton -- Respiratory therapists at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, from left, include Jim McGowan, Jeanesa Jackson, Trish Gueho, Clay Olsen and Jim McGowan. Not shown are Laura Butler, Cindy Conerly, Quincy Futrell, Mike Hlavac, Randy Major, Debbie Mann, Katy Newsom and Sharon Wade.

Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary has earned quality respiratory care recognition under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

Fifteen percent of hospitals in the U. S. received the award. This was the ninth year Lane has earned the recognition, a news release said.

Hospitals earning the designation ensure patient safety by adhering to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services, the release said.

“I’m very proud of our respiratory therapists for providing the exceptional care this award reflects,” said Mike Hlavac, director of therapy services at Lane RMC.

Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under a physician’s orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other services to people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS and other lung or lung-related conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving response teams, the release said.

The recognition program was started in 2003 by the American Association for Respiratory Care, a membership organization representing more than 50,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide.